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Scholar Athletes

Scholar Athlete Program

Sponsored by Marshfield Clinic

Thirty-two senior students attending Wisconsin public and private high schools are named winners of WIAA Scholar Athlete Award annually, presented by the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA). The program launched in 1984 to honor scholastic and athletic excellence.

Sixteen boys and sixteen girls are recognized each year at an award ceremony held each spring, in Wausau. The WIAA Scholar Athlete Award program has been underwritten by Marshfield Clinic, which will host the awards ceremony for the 32 statewide winners at the Jefferson Street Inn in Wausau. Every year, each of the WIAA member high schools in the state is invited to nominate one boy and one girl for Scholar Athlete honors.

2015 Scholar Athlete Information

Guest speaker at Scholar Athlete Reception - To be Determined

2015 State Award Recipient Biographies:   Boys  |  Girls

State Award Recipients Release


What Have They Been Up To...

Jordan Rumpel, Arcadia (2008) and Alyssa Ryan, Grantsburg (2008)  click here to read their story.

Wisconsin’s 32 top scholar athletes from public and nonpublic high schools have been selected by the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA). Sixteen senior girls and 16 senior boys from Sun Prairie to Superior achieved the top combined classroom and sports performances during their four years in high school to be selected as finalists for the 31st annual 2014 WIAA Scholar Athlete Award underwritten by Marshfield Clinic.

To determine the top 32 finalists, four boys and four girls are selected from each of four WIAA divisions based on both athletic and academic achievement. Sixteen of this year’s 32 WIAA Scholar Athlete finalists have a grade point average of 4.0 to date, while the average GPA is 3.85. All 32 scholar athlete finalists earned a total of 308 letters (an average of 9 letters per athlete) during their first 3-1/2 years of high school.

The 32 scholar athlete finalists were chosen from among 825 seniors nominated by more than 425 high schools in the state. Every year since 1984, each of the WIAA-member high schools has been invited to nominate one boy and one girl for the WIAA Scholar Athlete award. The average grade point of all Wisconsin student athletes nominated this year was 3.85 and 136 of the nominated student athletes had perfect 4.0 GPAs.

The 2014 WIAA Scholar Athlete Finalists, as well as their families and school representatives, will be recognized at an awards ceremony Sunday, May 4 at the Jefferson Street Inn in Wausau. Each 2014 WIAA Scholar Athlete Finalist will receive a medallion and certificate, and will take with them a special plaque for display in their school’s trophy case. Featured speaker will be Kevin Borseth, UW-Green Bay Women's Basketball Coach.

A Webcast of the awards ceremony will be available at www.wiaawi.org during and after the ceremony beginning at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 4.

All 825 students nominated for the award by their high school athletic directors will be presented with a medal at their school in a manner to be determined by the school administration recognizing them as their school’s top male or female scholar athlete.

DIVISION 1 – BOYS

Jon Averkamp, Germantown, Germantown High School 

Michael Marchese, Sun Prairie, Sun Prairie High School* 

Peter Rentzepis, Eau Claire, Eau Claire Memorial High School 

Ben Thornton, Stoddard, La Crosse Central High School

DIVISION 1 – GIRLS

Brittany Baldwin, Stoddard, La Crosse Central High School 

Elizabeth Flatley, Brookfield, Brookfield Central High School 

Jessica Lindstrom, Superior, Superior High School 

Marissa Matushak, Merrill, Wausau West High School

DIVISION 2 – BOYS

Jason Balts, Barron, Barron High School 

Gaelin Elmore, Somerset, Somerset High School 

Matt Ferris, Menasha, Xavier High School 

Brett Harms, Whitewater, Whitewater High School

DIVISION 2 – GIRLS

Lexi Brost, Nekoosa, Nekoosa High School 

McKenna Larsen, Oconto Falls, Oconto Falls High School 

Andrea Thomas, New Lisbon, Mauston High School 

Kelsey Thompson, Waupun, Waupun High School

DIVISION 3 – BOYS

Ben Fischer, Crivitz, Crivitz High School 

Jackson Margis, Crivitz, Coleman High School 

Jacob Ohnstad, Cushing, Grantsburg High School 

Tyson Thomas Miehe, Darlington, Darlington High School

DIVISION 3 – GIRLS

Kennedy Blahnik, Algoma, Algoma High School* 

Maddy Reed, Oshkosh, Lourdes Academy 

Delaney Sinnen, Random Lake, Random Lake High School 

Danielle Weber, Cuba City, Cuba City High School

DIVISION 4 – BOYS

Jake Fibert, Grand View, Drummond High School 

Albert Goerlitz, Withee, Owen-Withee High School 

Cullen Pedersen, New Lisbon, New Lisbon High School 

Nicholas Zander, Chippewa Falls, McDonell Central High School*

DIVISION 4 – GIRLS

Bailey Karaba, Owen, Owen-Withee High School 

Mary Sigler, Port Edwards, Assumption High School 

Mackenzie Swiggum, Gays Mills, North Crawford High School 

Jennifer Wellnitz, South Wayne, Black Hawk High School

*indicates that the student is that school’s first statewide winner.


To determine the top 32 finalists, four boys and four girls are selected from each of four WIAA divisions based on both athletic and academic achievement.  Seventeen of this year’s 32 WIAA Scholar Athlete finalists have a grade point average of 4.0 to date, while the average GPA is 3.90. All 32 scholar athlete finalists earned a total of 299 letters (an average of nine letters per athlete) during their first 3-1/2 years of high school.
 
The 32 scholar athlete finalists were chosen from among 750 seniors nominated by more than 375 high schools in the state. Every year since 1984, each of the WIAA-member high schools has been invited to nominate one boy and one girl for the WIAA Scholar Athlete award. The average grade point of all Wisconsin student athletes nominated this year was 3.86, and 144 of the nominated student athletes had perfect 4.0 GPAs.
 
The 2013 WIAA Scholar Athlete Finalists, as well as their families and school representatives, will be recognized at an awards ceremony Sunday, May 5 at the Jefferson Street Inn in Wausau. Featured speaker will be former Wisconsin Badger and Green Bay Packer Bill Ferrario. Ferrario, a second team All-Big Ten guard, helped the Wisconsin Badgers win back-to-back Rose Bowl Championships in 1999 and 2000 and played two seasons with the Green Bay Packers.

Each 2013 WIAA Scholar Athlete Finalist will receive a medallion and certificate, and will take with them a special plaque for display in their school’s trophy case.
 
A Webcast of the awards ceremony will be available at www.wiaawi.org <http://www.wiaawi.org/>  during and after the ceremony beginning at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 5. 
 
All 750 students nominated for the award by their high school athletic director will be presented with a medal at their school in a manner to be determined by the school administration recognizing them as their school’s top male or female scholar athlete.

2013 Scholar Athlete Award Recipients
                                                                       
DIVISION 1 – BOYS
Riley Budde, Beaver Dam—Beaver Dam High School
Willie Freimuth, Waunakee—Waunakee High School*
Carl Hirsch, Brookfield—Brookfield Central High School
Bradley Woodford, Waukesha—Waukesha South High School

DIVISION 1 – GIRLS
Leah Holmes, Superior—Superior High School*
Kayla Janto, West Bend—West Bend West High School
Alison Parker, Neenah—Neenah High School
Paige Skorseth, River Falls—River Falls High School
 
DIVISION 2 – BOYS
Austin Bellile—Tomahawk High School
Andrew Klapper, Brandon—Waupun High School
Seth Liegel, Spring Green—River Valley High School*
Bryce Miller, Ashland—Ashland High School
 
DIVISION 2 – GIRLS
Liz Bloy, Freedom—Freedom High School
Kristen Linzmeier, Hilbert—Chilton High School
Jenna Orr, Rice Lake—Rice Lake High School
Megan School, Wittenberg—Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School*
 
DIVISION 3 – BOYS
Joshua Kalmus, Oshkosh—Lourdes Academy*
Eric Kittel, Brillion—Brillion High School
Hayden Krueger, Crandon—Crandon High School*
Mason Mergener, Crivitz—Coleman High School
 
DIVISION 3 – GIRLS
Allyson Daines, Westby—Westby High School
Kira Dittman, Edgar—Edgar High School
Andrea Ostenso, Ladysmith—Ladysmith High School
Tori Winters, Tony—Flambeau High School
 
DIVISION 4 – BOYS
Ben Best, Cable—Drummond High School
Kyle Larson, Clayton—Clayton High School
Austin Schaffer, Hilbert—Hilbert High School
Jay Tienor, Suring—Suring High School*
 
DIVISION 4 – GIRLS
Aleyna Goerlitz, Withee—Owen-Withee High School
Brianna Jankowski, Wausau—Newman Catholic High School
Hailey Koch, Fall River—Fall River High School*
Sophie Olson, Washburn—Washburn High School

*indicates that the student is that school’s first statewide winner.
The best of the best, 32 Wisconsin high school seniors (16 girls and 16 boys) from Kenosha to Hurley, have turned in the top classroom and sports performances at Wisconsin’s public and nonpublic high schools to be selected as finalists for the prestigious 2012 WIAA Scholar Athlete Award, presented by the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) and underwritten by Marshfield Clinic.
 
The 32 scholar athlete finalists were chosen from among 800 seniors nominated by 400 high schools in the state. Every year since 1984, each of the WIAA-member high schools has been invited to nominate one boy and one girl for the WIAA Scholar Athlete award. The average grade point of all Wisconsin student athletes nominated this year was 3.83, and 175 of the nominated student athletes had perfect 4.0 GPAs.

To determine the top 32 finalists, four boys and four girls are selected from each of four WIAA divisions based on both athletic and academic achievement.  Seventeen of this year’s 32 WIAA Scholar Athlete finalists have a grade point average of 4.0 to date, while the average GPA is 3.92. All 32 scholar athlete finalists earned a total of 306 letters (an average of 9 letters per athlete) during their first 3-1/2 years of high school.
 
The 2012 WIAA Scholar Athlete Award winners, as well as their families and school representatives, will be recognized at an awards ceremony Sunday, May 6 at the Jefferson Street Inn in Wausau. Each 2012 WIAA State Scholar Athlete Award recipient will receive a medallion and certificate, and will take with them a special plaque for display in their school’s trophy case.
 
A Webcast of the awards ceremony will be available at www.wiaawi.org <http://www.wiaawi.org/>  during and after the ceremony beginning at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 6.
 
All 800 students nominated for the award by their high school athletic director will be presented with a medal at their school recognizing them as their school’s top male or female scholar athlete.
 
 
2012 Scholar Athlete Award Winners
 
 
DIVISION 1 – BOYS
Elliot Ashbeck, Marshfield—Marshfield High School
Gerrit Bruni, Baraboo—Baraboo High School
Scott VanDeLoo, Kaukauna—Kaukauna High School
John Wells, Janesville—Milton High School


DIVISION 1 – GIRLS
Sarah Poirier, Wausau—Wausau West High School
Amanda Prom, Oconomowoc—Oconomowoc High School*
Katelyn Stine, Wausau—Wausau East High School
Taylor Varsho, Chili—Marshfield High School
 
DIVISION 2 – BOYS
Luke Bjorklund, Reedsburg—Reedsburg Area High School
Mark Dessart, Seymour—Seymour High School
Levi Nayes, Bloomer—Bloomer High School
Ryan O’Donnell, McFarland—McFarland High School
 
DIVISION 2 – GIRLS
Greta Davis, Waukesha—Catholic Memorial High School*
Alison Olson, New Auburn—Bloomer High School
Tricia Serres, Platteville—Platteville High School
Anna Sudbury, Tomahawk—Tomahawk High School
 
DIVISION 3 – BOYS
William Doll, Amherst—Amherst High School
Lucas Markiewicz, Pound—Coleman High School
Kent Miehe, Darlington—Darlington High School
Dan Schoen, Neillsville—Neillsville High School
 
DIVISION 3 – GIRLS
Madeline Haupert, La Crosse—Aquinas High School
Caitlin Maki, Saxon—Hurley High School
Stefanie Siroin, Herbster—Washburn High School
Brie Tennyson, Kenosha—Kenosha Christian Life High School*
 
DIVISION 4 – BOYS
Nathaniel Behnke, Bruce—Bruce High School
Nathanial Erickson, Prentice—Prentice High School*
Cody Schwartz, Wilton—Brookwood High School
Matt Van Scyoc, Markesan—Green Lake High School*
 
DIVISION 4 – GIRLS
Jennifer Cassel, Shell Lake—Shell Lake High School
Teagen Harings, Minong—Northwood High School*
Kailee Kamps, Belmont—Belmont High School
Molly Seidel, Nashotah—University Lake School*
 
*indicates that the student is that school’s first statewide winner.

Boys

Division 1

Sam Arneson, Merrill
Lance Baretz, Franklin
Connor Hildebrandt, Tremper
James Killian, Bay Port 

Division 2

Daniel Banh, Clinton
Jacob McCabe, West Salem
Brady Nelson, Mauston
Bo Seibel, Kewaskum

Division 3

Alex Erickson, Darlington
William Hamblin-Schifeling, Regis
Jonathan Luedtke, Lomira
Ben Tauchen, Bonduel 

Division 4

TJ Huizenga, Randolph
Ty Ketz, Clayton
Daniel Petkau, Rib Lake
Corey Tallier, Gilman 

Girls

Division 1

Katy Allen, Waukesha South
Kendra J. Bowe, Chippewa Falls
Ashley Green, Nicolet
Maria Van Abel, Kaukauna 

Division 2

Katie Gonnering, Freedom
Meagan Koepnick, West Salem
Meggie Schmidt, Edgerton
Anika Whiting, Ashland

Division 3

Liz Breu, Auburndale
Sierra Flury, Osseo-Fairchild
Sloan Kessler, Aquinas
Sarah McMahon, Colfax

Division 4

Hailey L. Brown, Royall
Megan Connolly, Newman Catholic
Bria Halama, Independence
Sam Nelson, Frederic

The 28th Annual WIAA Scholar Athlete Ceremony took place Sunday, May 1 at the Jefferson Street Inn in Wausau, Wis. The reception and program is underwritten by Marshfield Clinic. NFHS Hall of Fame member Suzy Favor-Hamilton served as the featured speaker.

Thirty-two seniors, 16 girls and 16 boys, who are equally outstanding in sports and in the classrooms at Wisconsin’s public and nonpublic high schools, were selected as finalists for the prestigious 2011 WIAA Scholar Athlete Award, presented by the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association and underwritten by Marshfield Clinic.

The 32 scholar athlete finalists were chosen from among a record 758 seniors nominated by 399 high schools in the state. Every year since 1984, each of the WIAA-member high schools has been invited to nominate one boy and one girl for the WIAA Scholar Athlete award. The average grade point of all Wisconsin student athletes nominated this year was 3.84, and 180 of the nominated student athletes had perfect 4.0 GPAs.

To determine the top 32 finalists, four boys and four girls are selected from each of four WIAA divisions based on both athletic and academic achievement. Sixteen of this year’s 32 WIAA Scholar Athlete finalists have a grade point average of 4.0 to date, while the average GPA is 3.90. All 32 scholar athlete finalists earned a total of 315 letters (an average of 9 letters per athlete) during their first 3-1/2 years of high school.

Each 2011 WIAA Scholar Athlete received a medallion, certificate and a special plaque for display in their school’s trophy case. Featured speaker was Stevens Point native and three-time U.S. Olympian track athlete Suzy Favor Hamilton. Hamilton, the female collegiate athlete with the most wins ever at the University of Wisconsin, holds seven US National Championships, nine NCAA titles and was named the Big Ten Athlete of the Decade for the 1990s.

All 758 students nominated for the award by their high school athletic director will be presented with a medal at their school recognizing them as their school’s top male or female scholar athlete.

The 2011 list of scholar athlete finalists features these items of interest:

Of the 399 high schools submitting nominations this year, eight had WIAA Scholar Athlete finalists for the first time.
Clinton High School has its first WIAA Scholar Athlete—Daniel Banh.
Hailey L. Brown is the first WIAA Scholar Athlete from Royall High School.
Freedom High School’s first WIAA Scholar Athlete is Katie Gonnering.
Aquinas High School produced its first WIAA Scholar Athlete—Sloan Kessler.
Bay Port High School has its first WIAA Scholar Athlete—James Killian.
Corey Tallier is the first WIAA Scholar Athlete from Gilman High School.
Bonduel High School’s first WIAA Scholar Athlete is Ben Tauchen.
Anika Whiting is the first WIAA Scholar Athlete from Ashland High School.
Brady Nelson is the seventh WIAA Scholar Athlete from Mauston High School.
Anthony “TJ” Huizenga is the sixth WIAA Scholar Athlete from Randolph High School.

Boys

Division 1

Sam Arneson, Merrill—Merrill High School
Lance Baretz, Franklin—Franklin High School
Connor Hildebrandt, Kenosha—Kenosha Tremper High School
James Killian, Green Bay—Bay Port High School*

Division 2

Daniel Banh, Clinton—Clinton High School*
Jacob McCabe, West Salem—West Salem High School
Brady Nelson, Mauston—Mauston High School
Bo Seibel, Campbellsport—Kewaskum High School

Division 3

Alex Erickson, Argyle—Darlington High School
Jonathan Luedtke, Lomira—Lomira High School
William Schifeling, Eau Claire—Regis High School
Ben Tauchen, Bonduel—Bonduel High School*

Division 4

TJ Huizenga, Cambria—Randolph High School
Ty Ketz, Clayton—Clayton High School
Daniel Petkau, Rib Lake—Rib Lake High School
Corey Tallier, Gilman—Gilman High School*

Girls

Division 1

Katy Allen, Waukesha—Waukesha South High School
Kendra J. Bowe, Chippewa Falls—Chippewa Falls High School
Ashley Green, Glendale—Nicolet High School
Maria Van Abel, Kaukauna—Kaukauna High School

Division 2

Katie Gonnering, Seymour—Freedom High School*
Meagan Koepnick, La Crosse—West Salem High School
Meggie Schmidt, Edgerton—Edgerton High School
Anika Whiting, Ashland—Ashland High School*

Division 3

Liz Breu, Auburndale—Auburndale High School
Sierra Flury, Osseo—Osseo-Fairchild High School
Sloan Kessler, Onalaska—Aquinas High School*
Sarah McMahon, Colfax—Colfax High School

Division 4

Hailey L. Brown, Elroy—Royall High School*
Megan Connolly, Wausau—Newman Catholic High School
Bria Halama, Independence—Independence High School
Sam Nelson, Frederic—Frederic High School

*indicates that the student is that school’s first statewide winner.

Download official 2010 Scholar Athlete press release (PDF)

Boys

Division 1

Ross J. Brown, Chippewa Falls—Chippewa Falls High School
Logan Hietpas, Appleton—Kimberly High School
Michael Owen, Middleton—Middleton High School
Max Poeske, Menomonee Falls—Menomonee Falls High School

Division 2

Sam Arnott, Tomahawk—Tomahawk High School
Nathan Brown, Sheboygan Falls—Sheboygan Falls High School
Connor Hanson, Pickett—Ripon High School*
Donnie Hissa, Iron River—Northwestern High School

Division 3

Garrick Day, Elk Mound—Elk Mound High School
Ryan McGuire, Mineral Point—Mineral Point High School*
Justin Sinz, Edgar—Edgar High School
Indy Spindler, Stratford—Stratford High School

Division 4

Michael J. Droessler, Benton—Benton High School
Josh Eastlick, Belmont—Belmont High School
Carson Giller, Luck—Luck High School*
Kevin Weis, Cochrane—Cochrane-Fountain City High School

Girls

Division 1

Hannah Jasurda, Weston—D.C. Everest High School
Erienne Lauersdorf, Watertown—Watertown High School
Courtney Mrotek, Manitowoc—Manitowoc Lincoln High School
Andie Varsho, Chili—Marshfield High School

Division 2

Jamie Armstrong, Monroe—Monroe High School
Alaina Murphy, Seymour—Seymour High School
Megan Palmer, Whitefish Bay—Whitefish Bay High School
Katie Raymond, Montello—Westfield Area High School

Division 3

Katie Langmeier, Cuba City—Cuba City High School
Rachel Melum, Iola—Iola-Scandinavia High School
Jenna Pitt, Amherst—Amherst High School
Julie Raeder, Sheboygan Falls—Oostburg High School

Division 4

Rae Ellen Brandes, Twin Lakes—Faith Christian-Williams Bay High School
Sarah Howe, Siren—Siren High School*
Katie Place, South Wayne—Black Hawk High School
Stephanie Walek, Independence—Independence High School

*indicates that the student is that school’s first statewide winner.

Download official 2009 Scholar Athlete press release (PDF)

Boys

Division 1

Tomás Goldsmith, Kenosha – Tremper High School *
Brett Hartman, Hortonville – Neenah High School
Aaron Kondrasuk, Monona – Monona Grove High School
Chris Siebert, Baraboo – Baraboo High School

Division 2

Jared Abbrederis, Wautoma – Wautoma High School *
Hayden Hauschildt, Ellsworth – Ellsworth High School
Nickolas Olla, Kewaskum – Kewaskum High School *
James Rindt, Medford – Medford Area High School

Division 3

Jordan Bauman, Edgar – Stratford High School
Alex Koeller, Marshall – Marshall High School *
Michael Mortenson, Iola – Iola-Scandinavia High School
Parker Prochaska, Fennimore – Fennimore High School

Division 4

Kevin Berg, Argyle – Argyle High School *
Tyler Bosshart, Wilson – Spring Valley High School
Jordan Hendricks, Benton – Benton High School
David Klang, Cazenovia – Weston High School

Girls

Division 1

Danielle Carlson, Marshfield – Marshfield High School
Kiah Ehrke, Stoughton – Stoughton High School
Amy Feivor, Appleton – Appleton North High School
Catherine Grandi, Burlington – Burlington High School

Division 2

Alexandra Lake, Madison – Madison Edgewood High School *
Courtney Oldenburg, West Salem – West Salem High School
Rachel Vrabec, Menasha – Xavier High School (Appleton) *
Hannah Wallace, Whitefish Bay – Whitefish Bay High School

Division 3

Alexis Mikaelian, Racine – The Prairie School High School
Hannah Mueller, Edgar – Colby High School *
Sheila Opelt, Neillsville – Neillsville High School
Alison Swart, Oostburg – Oostburg High School

Division 4

Caroline Starck, Williams Bay – Williams Bay High School
Jada Straub, Wisconsin Rapids – Assumption High School
Jamie Vandenberg, Niagara – Niagara High School
Whitley Zimmer, Ladysmith – Flambeau High School

*indicates that the student is that school’s first statewide winner.

Download official 2008 Scholar Athlete press release (PDF)

Boys

Division 1

Alexander Becka, Manitowoc, Manitowoc Lincoln High School
Jeffrey Lemmer, Milwaukee, Bradley Technical High School *
Joseph Stilin, Milwaukee, Rufus King High School *
Mitch Sutton, Plover, Stevens Point High School

Division 2

Bradie Ewing, Richland Center, Richland Center High School
Kevin Feick, Plymouth, Plymouth High School
Bradley Hallberg, Barron, Barron High School
Tyler Muckenhirn, Osceola, Osceola High School

Division 3

Kyle Narveson, Random Lake, Random Lake High School
Jordan Rumpel, Arcadia, Arcadia High School
Peter Walsh, Danbury, Webster High School
Sam Winters, Pittsville, Pittsville High School

Division 4

Gregory Kopacz, Sheldon, Flambeau High School
Scott Popelka, White Lake, White Lake High School *
Nicholas Rogness, Strum, Eleva-Strum High School
Jon Trzebiatowski, Rosholt, Rosholt High School

Girls

Division 1

Kelly Bogard, Appleton, Kimberly High School
Katie Cumming, Hudson, Hudson High School
Janelle Gabrielsen, Menomonee Falls, Menomonee Falls High School
Carolyn Kishaba, Eau Claire, Eau Claire Memorial High School

Division 2

Ellie Arkin, Reedsburg, Reedsburg Area High School
Rae Davis, West Salem, West Salem High School
Brynn Larsen, Oconto Falls, Oconto Falls High School
Traci Wileman, Edgerton, Edgerton High School *

Division 3

Ashley Beutler, New Glarus, New Glarus High School *
Briana Kaiser, Cuba City, Cuba City High School
Emily Muller, Lancaster, Lancaster High School
Alyssa Ryan, Grantsburg, Grantsburg High School

Division 4

Allison Fanta, Hillsboro, Hillsboro High School
Kiara Lemminger, Johnson Creek, Johnson Creek High School *
Kaitlin Randolph, Drummond, Drummond High School
Jocelyn Ver Velde, Oostburg, Sheboygan County Christian High School

*indicates that the student is that school’s first statewide winner.

STEVENS POINT, Wis. – Thirty-two senior students attending Wisconsin public and nonpublic high schools have been named winners of the 2007 WIAA Scholar Athlete Award, presented by the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA). That brings to 700 the number of young men and women honored since the program was launched in 1984 to honor scholastic and athletic excellence.This year's 16 boys and 16 girls will be recognized at award ceremonies on Sunday, May 6, in Wausau. Featured speaker was Jeff Sauer, who retired in 2002 after a 31-year career as a college hockey coach at Colorado College and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.The WIAA Scholar Athlete Award program has been underwritten since its inception by Wausau Insurance Companies, which will host the awards ceremony at the Westwood Conference Center in Wausau.Every year, each of the WIAA-member high schools in the state is invited to nominate one boy and one girl for Scholar Athlete honors. There were 669 nominations for the 2007 statewide award from 370 schools.The 2007 winners, the communities in which they live, and their high schools are:

Boys

Division 1

Brian Kuhtz, Waukesha
Waukesha North High School

Tyler Morey, Combined Locks
Kimberly High School

Scott Trevorrow, Pardeeville
DeForest High School

Marcus Wallace, Germantown
Germantown High School

Division 2

Daniel Glewen, New Holstein
Chilton High School *

Aaron Kleinertz, West Salem
West Salem High School *

Patrick Plank, Omro
Omro High School *

Philip Thomas, Greendale
Greendale High School

Division 3

Andrew Allison, Ladysmith
Ladysmith High School *

Jeremiah Burish, Cadott
Cadott High School

Cole Lambert, Trempeleau
Arcadia High School

Andrew Lukasko, Edgar
Edgar High School

Division 4

Joseph Burkeland, Hollandale
Pecatonica High School

Matthew DeVillers, Menomonee Falls
Brookfield Academy High School *

Jon Martin, Bloomington
River Ridge High School

Benjamin Oleson, Camp Douglas
New Lisbon High School

Girls

Division 1

Caroline Ditscheit, Wauwatosa
Wauwatosa West High School *

Morgan Herrick, Grafton
Cedarburg High School

Elizabeth Sobczak, Muskego
Muskego High School

Kayla Tetschlag, Sheboygan
Sheboygan North High School

Division 2

Markie Schmidt, Elkhorn
Elkhorn Area High School

Sierra Spaude, Sturgeon Bay
Sturgeon Bay High School

Sydnee Wyss, Monroe
Monroe High School

Lindsay Zastrow, Jefferson
Jefferson High School

Division 3

Brooke Anderson, Iola
Iola-Scandinavia High School

Mollie Bjelland, Grantsburg
Grantsburg High School

Tami Gleason, Kieler
Cuba City High School *

Stephanie Steinberger, Boyceville
Boyceville High School

Division 4

Hannah Gronning, Shell Lake
Shell Lake High School

Sunni Massop, Athens
Athens High School

Nicole Peterson, Owen
Owen-Withee High School

Katherine Sutter, Barneveld
Barneveld High School

*indicates that the student is that school’s first statewide winner.

STEVENS POINT, Wis. — Thirty-two senior students attending Wisconsin public and independent high schools have been named winners of the 2006 WIAA Scholar Athlete Award, presented by the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association. That brings the number of young men and women honored for academic and athletic excellence since the program was launched in 1984 to 668. This year's 16 boys and 16 girls were recognized at award ceremonies Sunday, May 7th, in Wausau. Featured speaker was Jack Bennett, former head men's basketball coach at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. During his nine seasons, he became UWSP's all-time winningest coach with a 200-56 record and led the Pointers to two national championships and five Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles. The WIAA Scholar Athlete Award program has been underwritten since its inception by Wausau Insurance Companies, which will host the awards ceremony at the Westwood Center in Wausau. Every year, each of the WIAA-member high schools in the state is invited to nominate one boy and one girl for Scholar Athlete honors. There were 601 nominations for the 2006 statewide award from 338 schools.

The 2006 winners, the communities in which they live, and their high schools are:

Boys

Division 1

Tyler Ambroziak, Wisconsin Rapids
Lincoln High School (Wisconsin Rapids)

Anthony Butler, Oak Creek
Oak Creek High School *

Kirk DeCremer, Middleton
Verona Area High School

Evan Peissig, Menomonie
Menomonie High School

Division 2

Jacob Fritz, Milwaukee
Wisconsin Lutheran High School *

Brent Hanson, Onalaska
Onalaska High School

Derrick O'Donnell, McFarland
McFarland High School

Shaun Wild, Brown Deer
Brown Deer High School *

Division 3

Dustin Bauman, Edgar
Stratford High School

Eric Boylan, Greenleaf
Wrightstown High School

Matthew French, Lancaster
Lancaster High School

Daniel Vechart, Brillion
Brillion High School

Division 4

Andy Doyle, Wilton
Brookwood High School (Ontario)

Brody Measner, Frederic
Frederic High School

Jason Schmitz, Cashton
Cashton High School

Wilson Smith, Shell Lake
Shell Lake High School

Girls

Division 1

Jena Berg, Bristol
Westosha Central High School (Salem) *

Lauren Brown, Madison
La Follette High School (Madison)

Natalie Lyster, Oshkosh
Oshkosh North High School

Brittany Staffeil, DeForest
DeForest High School

Division 2

Kelley Corcoran, Richland Center
Richland Center High School

Ellie Radke, Monroe
Monroe High School

Carmen Stankowski, Mosinee
Mosinee High School

Kaili Trieloff, Ridgeway
Dodgeville High School

Division 3

Whitney Johnson, Grantsburg
Grantsburg High School

Abbie Kaul, Fredonia
Northern Ozaukee High School

Diana Patenaude, Gillett
Gillett High School *

Kady Telschow, Oostburg
Oostburg High School

Division 4

Jessica Goessl, Curtiss
Owen-Withee High School (Owen)

Hannah Humbach, Madison
Abundant Life Christian School (Madison)

Sarah Klang, Cazenovia
Weston High School (Cazenovia) *

Kayla Verdegan, Tony
Flambeau High School (Tony)

*indicates that the student is that school’s first statewide winner.

STEVENS POINT, Wis. -- Thirty-two senior students attending public and nonpublic high school members of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association have been named winners of the 2005 WIAA Scholar Athlete Award. That brings the number of young men and women honored since the program was launched in 1984 to honor scholastic and athletic excellence to 636. The 16 boys and 16 girls honored were recognized at award ceremonies on Sunday, May 1, in Wausau. Featured speaker at the event was Terri Schumacher, head girl's basketball coach at Oshkosh West High School. Her teams won the Division 1 State Girl's Basketball Championships in 2002 and 2003. She is also president of the Wisconsin High School Basketball Coaches Association, the first female to hold that post. The WIAA Scholar Athlete Award program has been underwritten since its inception by Wausau Insurance Companies, which will host the awards ceremony at the Westwood Conference Center in Wausau. Every year, each of the 506 WIAA-member high schools in the state is invited to nominate one boy and one girl for Scholar Athlete honors. There were 630 nominations for the 2005 statewide award from 342 schools. The 2005 winners, the communities in which they live, and their high schools are: Each nominee submitted a 250-word-maximum response to the question, "How has athletic participation contributed to your development and how do you think it will impact on your future?"

Boys

Division 1

Eric Hillmann, Germantown High School
Andrew Miller, Menomonie High School
Andrew (AJ) Phillips, Ashwaubenon High School
Ross Rortvedt, Lakeland High School

Division 2

Andrew Geving, Osceola High School
Eric Metzler, Luxemburg-Casco High School
Benedict Stollberg, Slinger High School
Ben Weight, Northland Pines High School

Division 3

Anthony Curtis, Brodhead High School
Blake Diest, Wild Rose High School
Ian Franklin, Spencer High School
Jonathan Lechleitner, Stanley-Boyd High School

Division 4

Darren Drewek, Athens High School
Jeremy Kuderer, Cashton High School
TJ Nereng, Blair-Taylor High School
Kip Reynolds, Shell Lake High School

Girls

Division 1

Margaret Bertram, Fond du Lac High School
Megan Duwell, West Bend West High School
Alexandra Roznowski, Green Bay Southwest High School
Emma Tauchman, Stevens Point High School

Division 2

Amy Kempen, Pewaukee High School
Ashlea Muckenhirn, Osceola High School
Emily Patrick, Lodi High School
Mallory Taake, Mauston High School

Division 3

Rachel Albrecht, Regis High School
Whitney Meierotto, Washburn High School
Rebecca Peters,, Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School
Ashley Windt, Hurley High School

Division 4

Stephanie Becker, Gilmanton High School
Janelle Burnham, Kickapoo High School
Alesha Flikkema, Faith Christian High School
Kimberly Rybicki, The Prairie School High School

*indicates that the student is that school’s first statewide winner.

STEVENS POINT, Wis. -- Thirty-two senior students attending Wisconsin public and private high schools have been named winners of the 2004 WIAA Scholar Athlete Award, presented by the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA). That brings to 604 the number of young men and women honored since the program was launched in 1984 to honor scholastic and athletic excellence. This year's 16 boys and 16 girls will be recognized at award ceremonies on Sunday, May 2, in Wausau. Featured speaker at the event will be Casey FitzRandolph, a Verona High School graduate who won a gold medal in speedskating at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, UT. He is the current U.S. National long track sprint champion and the current American record holder in the 500 meters and the 1,000 meters. The WIAA Scholar Athlete Award program has been underwritten since its inception by Wausau Insurance Companies, which will host the awards ceremony at the Westwood Conference Center in Wausau. Every year, each of the WIAA-member high schools in the state is invited to nominate one boy and one girl for Scholar Athlete honors. There were 679 nominations for the 2004 statewide award from 370 schools. Both the number of nominees and the number of schools submitting them are the highest recorded since the program began. The 2004 winners, the communities in which they live, and their high schools are:

Boys

Division 1

Philip Brunner, South Milwaukee, South Milwaukee High School *
Justin Drabowicz, Wauwatosa, Wauwatosa East High School
Brendan Olinyk, Wisconsin Rapid, Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High School
Daniel Swanson, Menomonie, Menomonie High School

Division 2

Josh Chelf, Irma, Tomahawk High School
Brian Hankel, Racine, St. Catherine's High School
Daniel Hegg, Amery, Amery High School
Walter Langkau, Eagle River, Northland Pines High School

Division 3

Gregory Bubolz, Stratford, Stratford High School
Paul Greene, Pittsville, Pittsville High School
Themba Hinke, Stanley, Stanley-Boyd High School
Padrick Judd, Cushing, Grantsburg High School

Division 4

Jacob Owens, Stevens Point, Pacelli High School*
Dylan Randolph, Drummond, Drummond High School
Craig Rusch, Hilbert, Hilbert High School
Trenton Vanderhoof, Shell Lake, Shell Lake High School

Girls

Division 1

Kristina Fiedler, Eau Claire, Eau Claire Memorial High School
Katie Howery, DeForest, DeForest High School
Stacey Schwerman, Waukesha, Kettle Moraine High School
Emily Watson, Milton, Milton High School

Division 2

Ann Detmer, Lodi, Lodi High School
Jennifer Spears, Green Bay, Notre Dame*
Jennifer Stoll, Pewaukee, Pewaukee High School
Stephanie Woldt, Appleton, Fox Valley Lutheran High School*

Division 3

Melissa Fremstad, Osseo, Osseo-Fairchild High School
Lindsey Geissler, Thorp, Thorp High School
Anna Lindsey, Washburn, Washburn High School
Courtnie Paulus, Belgium, Ozaukee High School*

Division 4

Katie Graves, Albany, Albany High School
Brittany Holterman, Racine, The Prairie School*
Rebekah Nelson, Delavan, Williams Bay High School *
Chelsea Simon, Hustisford, Hustisford High School

*indicates that the student is that school’s first statewide winner.

All of the other 647 students nominated will be presented with a medal at their school recognizing the achievement of each as their school's top male or female scholar athlete. This year's list of winners turned up these items of interest:

* Of the 370 high schools submitting nominations this year, seven had statewide WIAA Scholar Athletes for the first time.
* Ten of this year's 32 Scholar Athletes had a grade point average of 4.0. Another 12 compiled a GPA between 3.7 and 3.99.
* One of the 2004 WIAA Scholar Athletes had already earned 14 varsity letters in athletic competition in their first seven semesters of high school; seven had earned 11 letters and another five had earned 10 letters. No winner earned fewer than 7 letters.
* Milton High School has produced a statewide winner for the seventh time. This year's Scholar Athlete from that school is Emily Watson of Milton. Previous winners were Katon Bethay in 2002; Jaqueline Wagner, 2001; Kristi Roherty, 1999; Mark Knauer, 1997; Kathie Kruizenga, 1993; and Brenda Dieck, 1990.
* Menomonie High School's Daniel Swanson of Menomonie is the 5th WIAA Scholar Athlete from that school. Previous honorees were Grant Peissig, 2003; Ryan Thomas, 1997; Adam Roach, 1994; and Chris Schrantz, 1993.
* Pewaukee High School has its fifth WIAA Scholar Athlete. She is Jennifer Stoll of Pewaukee. Previous winners from the school were Jessica Keber, 2002; Bryan Bremberger, 2001; Burress McCombe, 1994; and Stacey Stoll (no relation), 1990.
* Tomahawk High School had a winner for the fifth time. This year's WIAA Scholar Athlete is Josh Chelf of Irma. Previous school winners were Zachary Hagar, 2003; Erin Potts, 1997; Beth Baus, 1996; and Peter Steinhafel, 1990.
* Wauwatosa East High School's Justin Drabowicz is that school's fifth WIAA Scholar Athlete. Previously earning statewide recognition were Dan Felkner, 1998; Karolyn Wanat, 1995; Laura Kletti, 1988; and Bret Larget, 1985.
* Washburn High School is another school that has produced five WIAA Scholar Athletes. This year, Anna Lindsey earned that distinction. Previous winners were Quinn Vandenberg, 1997; Reid Fischer, 1991; and Michael Nachtstein and Mary Rapps, both of whom were named Scholar Athletes in 1984, the year the program was launched.

Douglas E. Chickering, executive director of the WIAA, said the Scholar Athlete Award program was launched in 1984 to demonstrate the positive impact of interscholastic athletic activities. "Self discipline, time management and teamwork are just a few of the benefits that these young men and women talk about when reflecting upon the impact high school athletics has had on their lives. Many point out that the athletic experience has helped make them more well-rounded individuals."

To qualify for the WIAA Scholar Athlete Award, a nominee must have earned at least four varsity letters through the first half of his/her senior year and must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. This year's nominees in four WIAA categories included 168 from 91 schools in Division 1; 182 from 99 schools in Division 2; 191 from 99 schools in Division 3; and 138 from 81 schools in Division 4. The divisions are those used by the WIAA for basketball and volleyball tournament participation. At the May 2nd awards ceremony, at which the winners' parents and coaches will also be guests, each 2004 WIAA Scholar Athlete will receive a medallion and certificate, and will take with them a special plaque for display in their school's trophy case.

Thirty-two senior students attending Wisconsin public and private high schools have been named winners of the 2003 WIAA Scholar Athlete Award, presented by WIAA. This year's 16 boys and 16 girls were recognized at award ceremonies on May 4 in Wausau. The featured speaker at the event was Harvey H. Alston, an author and educator who, during his teaching career, was head football coach at Columbus East High School in Ohio. The WIAA Scholar Athlete Award program has been underwritten since its inception by Wausau Insurance Companies, which will host the awards ceremony at its Westwood Conference Center in Wausau. Every year, each of the WIAA-member high schools in the state is invited to nominate one boy and one girl for Scholar Athlete honors. There were 664 nominations for the 2003 statewide award from 356 schools — the largest number of schools to submit nominations since the program began. Douglas Chickering, executive director of the WIAA, said the Scholar Athlete Award program was conceived to demonstrate the positive impact of interscholastic athletic activities. "Self discipline, time management and teamwork are just a few of the benefits that these young men and women talk about when reflecting upon the impact high school athletics has had on their lives," he said. " Many point out that the athletic experience has helped make them more well-rounded individuals." To qualify for the WIAA Scholar Athlete Award, a nominee must have earned at least four varsity letters through the first half of his/her senior year and must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. This year's nominees in four WIAA categories included 160 from 82 schools in Division 1; 180 from 93 schools in Division 2; 193 from 105 schools in Division 3; and 131 from 76 schools in Division 4. The divisions are those used by the WIAA for basketball and volleyball tournament participation. The 2003 selections bring the number of young men and women honored since the program was launched in 1984 to honor scholastic and athletic excellence to 572. The 2003 winners, the communities in which they live, and their high schools are:

Boys

Division 1

Grant Peissig, Menomonie
Menomonie High School

David Pietrowiak, Germantown
Germantown High School

David Quinlan, Appleton
Appleton North High School *

Joseph Thomas, Brookfield
Brookfield Central High School

Division 2

Zachary Hagar, Tomahawk
Tomahawk High School

Logan Kimberly, Baldwin
Baldwin-Woodville High School

Douglas Larsen, Lancaster
Lancaster High School

Michael Toellner, Mayville
Mayville High School

Division 3

Shawn Kitchner, Stratford
Stratford High School

Dustin Robinson, Florence
Florence High School

Casey Updike, Boscobel
Boscobel High School

Zachary Vircks, Stanley
Stanley-Boyd High School

Division 4

Matthew Eastlick, Belmont
Belmont High School

Daniel Frederick, Rockland
Cashton High School

David Sneller, Sheboygan
Sheboygan County Christian High School *

Kendall Syse, Blanchardville
Pecatonica High School (Blanchardville)

Girls

Division 1

Amanda Berkley, Racine
Washington Park High School

Vanessa Hensey, Verona
Verona High School

Emily Ramsey, Waukesha
Waukesha West High School

Katy Searing, Mukwonago
Mukwonago High School *

Division 2

Elizabeth Angel, Racine
St. Catherine High School *

Ashley Fall, Clayton
Barron High School

Emily McBride, Altoona
Altoona High School

Amanda Reimer, Reedsburg
Reedsburg High School *

Division 3

Amber Curtis, Brodhead
Brodhead High School

Jennifer Olson, Fennimore
Fennimore High School *

Dana Schultz, Athens
Newman High School (Wausau) *

Kristin Zinsmaster, Pence
Hurley High School

Division 4

Emily Fritz, Potosi
Potosi High School

Jennifer Graef, Lena
Lena High School

Megan Leis, Alma Center
Lincoln High School (Alma Center)

Loni Smith, Abbotsford
Abbotsford High School

*indicates that the student is that school’s first statewide winner.

All of the other students nominated will be presented with a medal at their school recognizing the achievement of each as their school's top male or female scholar athlete. This year's list of winners turned up these items of interest:

  • Of the 356 high schools submitting nominations this year, seven had statewide WIAA Scholar Athletes for the first time.
  • Twelve of this year's 32 Scholar Athletes had a grade point average of 4.0. Another 15 had between 3.7 and 3.9.
  • Two of the 2003 WIAA Scholar Athletes had already earned 13 varsity letters in athletic competition in their first seven semesters of high school; one had earned 12; five had earned 11 letters and another seven had earned 10 letters.
  • Emily Ramsey of Waukesha West High School is the second member of her family to be named a WIAA Scholar Athlete. Her sister, Serena, received the honor in 2001. Serena is now finishing her sophomore year at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she's a member of both the track and cross-country teams.
  • Mayville High School has produced a statewide winner for the seventh time. This year's Scholar Athlete from that school is Michael Toellner of Mayville. Previous winners were Kristin Brockhaus in 1999; Andrew Basler, 1997; Kristen Bonnett, 1996; Colin Gassner, 1995; Erin Ellington, 1994; and Bradley Steinbach, 1993.
  • Pecatonica High School has its sixth WIAA Scholar Athlete. He is Kendall Syse of Blanchardville. Previous winners from the school were Jance Marty and Angela Anderson, both in 1996; Kristine Lee, 1994; Craig Anderson, 1993; and Milton Hendrickson, 1992.
  • Florence High School had a winner for the fifth time. This year's WIAA Scholar Athlete is Dustin Robinson. Previous school winners were Jaclynn Kriegl, 1998; Thomas Dooley, 1993; Neil Wahlstrom, 1992; and Joseph Kriegl, 1990.
  • Hurley High School's Kristin Zinsmaster is that school's fifth WIAA Scholar Athlete. Previously earning statewide recognition were Kayla Anderson and Kyle Elsemore, both in 2002; Danielle Ladwig, 2001; and Joseph Sargent, 1996.
  • David Quinlan is the first WIAA Scholar Athlete from Appleton North High School.
  • Fennimore High School produced its first WIAA Scholar Athlete — Jennifer Olson.
  • Mukwonago High School's first WIAA Scholar Athlete is Katy Searing.
  • Newman High School, Wausau, has a WIAA Scholar Athlete for the first time. She is Dana Schultz.
  • Racine St. Catherine High School produced a WIAA Scholar Athlete for the first time. She is Elizabeth Angel. more..
  • Reedsburg High School has produced its first WIAA Scholar Athlete. She is Amanda Reimer.
  • Sheboygan County Christian High School's first statewide winner is David Sneller.

STEVENS POINT, Wis. – Thirty-two senior students attending Wisconsin public and private high schools have been named winners of the 2002 WIAA Scholar Athlete Award, presented by the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA). That brings to 540 the number of young men and women honored since the program was launched in 1984 to honor scholastic and athletic excellence. This year's 16 boys and 16 girls will be recognized at award ceremonies on Sunday, May 5th, in Wausau. Featured speaker at the event will be Sandy Botham, women's basketball coach at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Botham is a native of Madison and graduate of Madison West High School, where she played basketball, volleyball and softball. Botham has been named "Coach of the Year" twice in the Midwestern Collegiate Conference. She played collegiately at Notre Dame, where she earned all-conference honors four times. She ranks sixth in career scoring (1,460) at Notre Dame; sixth in rebounding (773) and fourth in field goal percentage (.588). She was a graduate assistant at the school while completing her master's degree in the science of administration. The WIAA Scholar Athlete Award program has been underwritten since its inception by Wausau Insurance Companies, which will host the awards ceremony at its Westwood Conference Center in Wausau. Every year, each of the WIAA-member high schools in the state is invited to nominate one boy and one girl for Scholar Athlete honors. There were 639 nominations for the 2002 award from 346 schools. The 2002 winners, the communities in which they live, and their high schools are:

Boys

Division 1

Katon Bethay, Milton, Milton High School
David Honig, Rhinelander, Rhinelander High School
Ross Needham, Chili, Marshfield High School
Ryan Rohlinger, West Bend, West Bend East High School

Division 2

Randall Gyllin, Mauston, Mauston High School
Kelby Mack, Lodi, Lodi High School *
Kenneth Meyer, Little Chute, Little Chute High School
Mathew Peterson, Prairie du Chien, Prairie du Chien High School *

Division 3

Kyle Elsemore, Saxon, Hurley High School
Zachary Hampton, Lancaster, Lancaster High School
Michael Sracic, Deerfield, Deerfield High School
Tyler Turner, Spring Valley, Spring Valley High School

Division 4

Ryan Klein, Wisconsin Rapids, Assumption High School *
Nicholas Korn, Cashton, Cashton High School
Joshua Langham, Clayton, Clayton High School
Roscoe Sopiwnik, Frederic, Frederic High School *

Girls

Division 1

Kjersten Bakke, DeForest, DeForest High School
Lisa Krolikowski, Hales Corners, Pius XI High School *
Bridget Peot, Green Bay, Green Bay Southwest High School *
Alexandria Stalheim, Janesville, Parker High School

Division 2

Lisa Christopherson, Amery, Amery High School
Jessica Keber, Pewaukee, Pewaukee High School
Jennifer Miller, Durand, Durand High School
Molly O'Brien, Columbus, Columbus High School

Division 3

Kayla Anderson, Hurley, Hurley High School
Kelcy Johnson, Grantsburg, Grantsburg High School
Ashley Lienhardt, Edgar, Edgar High School
Jamine Schmitt, Fountain City, Cochrane-Fountain City High School

Division 4

Malinda Allee, Clayton,, Clayton High School
Rachel Becker, Mondovi, Gilmanton High School *
Michelle Biel, Randolph, Randolph High School
Emily Naparalla, Neshkoro, Princeton High School

*indicates that the student is that school’s first statewide winner.

All of the other students nominated will be presented with a medal at their school recognizing the achievement of each as their school's top male or female scholar athlete. This year's list of winners turned up these items of interest:

  • Of the 346 high schools submitting nominations this year, seven had statewide WIAA Scholar Athletes for the first time.
  • Thirteen of this year's 32 Scholar Athletes had a grade point average of 4.0. Twelve had 3.8 or better.
  • One of the 2002 WIAA Scholar Athletes had already earned fourteen varsity letters in athletic competition in their first seven semesters of high school; two had earned 13; nine had earned 11 letters and another nine had earned 10 letters.
  • Two high schools had both their boy and girl nominee emerge as WIAA Scholar Athletes. From Clayton High School, both Malinda Allee and Joshua Langham earned statewide honors. The two nominees from Hurley High School – Kayla Anderson and Kyle Elsemore – also emerged from the judging as state winners. Both schools have produced four WIAA Scholar Athletes in the 19-year history of the program. Previous Clayton High School winners were James Fall in 1984 and Kristopher Langham in 1999. Joseph Sargent in 1996 and Danielle Ladwig in 2001 were previous winners from Hurley High school.
  • Joshua Langham of Clayton High School is the second member of his family to be named a WIAA Scholar Athlete. His brother, Kristopher, received the honor in 1999. Kristopher is now majoring in Computer Science at Winona State University.
  • Edgar High School has produced a statewide winner for the sixth year in a row. This year's Scholar Athlete is Ashley Lienhardt of Edgar. Previous winners were Jordan Sinz last year; Tyler Berg in 2000; Jeremy Graveen in 1999; Patrick Engleright in 1998; and Chad Guenther in 1997.
  • Milton High School has its sixth WIAA Scholar Athlete. He is Katon Bethay. Previous winners from the school were Jacqueline Wagner, 2001; Kristi Roherty, 1999; Mark Knauer, 1997; Kathie Kruizenga, 1993; and Brenda Dieck, 1990.
  • Deerfield High School also produced its sixth Scholar Athlete. This year's winner, Michael Sracic, follows in the footsteps of Talitha Jo Kleinhans, 1985; Molika Nike Veng, 1987; Kela Fry, 1989; Andre Mikkelsen, 1991; and Karl Fry, 1992.
  • Mauston High School had a winner for the fifth time. This year's WIAA Scholar Athlete is Randall Gyllin. Previous school winners were Jane Wilcox, 1998; Andria Lewandowski, 1998; Michael Robinson of Elroy, 1992; and Jill Overlein, 1984, which was the first year of the program. Randolph High School's Michelle Biel is the school's fifth WIAA Scholar Athlete. Previously earning statewide r ecognition were Laura Grieger, 2001; Amy Wiersma, 1995; Tonia Vanderploeg, 1989; and Kathryn Sue Christian, 1985.
  • Ryan Klein of Wisconsin Rapids is the first WIAA Scholar Athlete from Assumption High School in that city.
  • Frederic High School produced its first WIAA Scholar Athlete – Roscoe Sopiwnik
  • Gilmanton High School's first WIAA Scholar Athlete is Rachel Becker.
  • Green Bay Southwest High School has a WIAA Scholar Athlete for the first time. She is Bridget Peot. Past winners from other schools in that city include Ben Kolstad in 1996 from Green Bay East; James Van Ess in 1985 and Stephanie Mathu in 1993 from Preble; and Lynne Pliner in 1985 from West.
  • Lodi High School produced a WIAA Scholar Athlete for the first time. He is Kelby Mack.
  • Milwaukee Pius High School has produced its first WIAA Scholar Athlete. She is Lisa Krolikowski of Hales Corners.
  • Prairie du Chien High School's first statewide winner is Mathew Peterson.

Two other high schools besides Clayton and Hurley recorded their fourth winners of statewide WIAA Scholar Athlete honors. Those schools and their 2002 and prior winners are:

  • Marshfield High School – Ross Needham, Tamra Myers, 1992; Suzi Bloedel, 1988; and Bart Isaacson, 1987.
  • Pewaukee High School – Jessica Keber, Bryan Bremberger, 2001; Burress McCombe, 1994; and Stacey Stoll, 1990.

Douglas E. Chickering, executive director of the WIAA, said the Scholar Athlete Award program was launched in 1984 to demonstrate the positive impact of interscholastic athletic activities. "Self discipline, time management and teamwork are just a few of the benefits that these young men and women talk about when reflecting upon the impact high school athletics has had on their lives. Many point out that the athletic experience has helped make them more well-rounded individuals."

To qualify for the WIAA Scholar Athlete Award, a nominee must have earned at least four varsity letters through the first half of his/her senior year and must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. This year's nominees in four WIAA categories included 161 from 86 schools in Division 1; 170 from 89 schools in Division 2; 179 from 97 schools in Division 3; and 129 from 74 schools in Division 4. The divisions are those used by the WIAA for basketball and volleyball tournament participation. At the May 5th awards ceremony, at which the winners' parents and coaches will also be guests, each 2002 WIAA Scholar Athlete will receive a medallion and certificate, and will take with them a special plaque for display in their school's trophy case.

STEVENS POINT, Wis. - Thirty-two senior students attending Wisconsin high schools have been named winners of the 2001 WIAA Scholar Athlete Award, presented by the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA). This year's 16 boys and 16 girls will be recognized at award ceremonies at the Westwood Conference Center in Wausau Sunday, May 6, in Wausau, Wis. Featured speaker at the event will be Robert Jeter, assistant basketball coach at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Jeter had been on the staff of Bo Ryan at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and recently moved with Ryan when he was named coach at the Big Ten school. Jeter played for Ryan at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and was also on his coaching staff there. Jeter still holds UW-Platteville's career records in field goal percentage (60.1) and consecutive starts (89). He is the son of Bob Jeter, who played with the Green Bay Packers from 1963 to 1970. The WIAA Scholar Athlete Award program has been underwritten since its inception by Wausau Insurance Companies. Since the programs inception in 1984, 510 young men and women honored for their scholastic and athletic excellence. This year, for the first time, students attending private high schools that joined WIAA were eligible for the honor. Every year, each of the WIAA-member high schools in the state is invited to nominate one boy and one girl for Scholar Athlete honors. There were 618 nominations for the 2001 award from 333 schools. Each nominee submitted a 250-word-maximum response to the question, "How has athletic participation contributed to your development and how do you think it will impact on your future?" The 2001 winners, the communities in which they live, and their high schools are:

Boys

Division 1

Derek Boeldt, Plymouth High School
Jeffrey Mennicke, Milwaukee Hamilton High School*
Mario O'Brien, Eau Claire Memorial High School
William Walkowicz, Waukesha West High School*

Division 2

Bryan Bremberger, Pewaukee High School
Matthew Kren, Neillsville High School
Benjamin Schmeckpeper, Shorewood High School
Erik Zipp, Delavan-Darien High School

Division 3

James Leonhard, Flambeau High School
Matthew Ottney, Glenwood City High School
Jonathan Pritzl, Park Falls High School
Jordan Sinz, Edgar High School

Division 4

Kevin Briggs, Cornell High School
Andrew Haugen, Madison Abundant Life Christian High School*
Tyler Kattre, Abbotsford High School
Ryan Seebruck, Necedah High School

Girls

Division 1

Tracy Duchac, Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High School
Serena Ramsey, Waukesha West High School*
Laurie Turtenwald, West Allis Nathan Hale High School
Jaqueline Wagner, Milton High School

Division 2

Karen Fruit, Richland Center High School*
Trina Hobyan, Oconto Falls High School*
Amanda Nechuta, Mosinee High School
April Severson, Barron High School

Division 3

Danielle Ladwig, Hurley High School
Amanda Meyer, Somerset High School
Rebecca Remington, Iola-Scandinavia High School*
Alyssa Verdegan, Flambeau High School

Division 4

Shelly Brueggen, Cashton High School*
Shannon Clerkin, Barneveld High School*
Laura Grieger, Randolph High School
Leah Vanderploeg, Drummond High School

*indicates that the student is that school’s first statewide winner.

All of the other students nominated will be presented with a certificate at their school recognizing the achievement of each as their school's top male or female scholar athlete. This year's list of winners turned up these items of interest:

  • Of the 333 high schools submitting nominations this year, eight had statewide WIAA Scholar Athletes for the first time.
  • Six of this year's 32 Scholar Athletes had a grade point average of 4.0. Nineteen had 3.8 or better.
  • Two of the 2001 WIAA Scholar Athletes had already earned thirteen varsity letters in athletic competition in their first seven semesters of high school; six had earned 11 letters and eleven had earned 10 letters.
  • Waukesha West High School not only had a winner for the first time but, in fact, produced two winners ­ Serena Ramsey and William Walkowicz.
  • Both nominees from Flambeau High School ­ James Leonhard and Alyssa Verdegan ­ were named statewide WIAA Scholar Athletes. James lives in Tony; Alyssa is from Glen Flora. The school has produced two previous winners: Laura Verdegan (Alyssa Verdegan's cousin), 2000 and Danielle Izdepski, 1992.
  • Edgar High School has produced a statewide winner for the fifth year in a row. This year's Scholar Athlete is Jordan Sinz of Edgar. Previous winners were Tyler Berg last year; Jeremy Graveen in 1999; Patrick Engleright in 1998; and Chad Guenther in 1997.
  • Park Falls High School produced its seventh winner ­ Jonathan Pritzl. Other WIAA Scholar Athletes from that school were Christian Marsh and Leslie Patterson, both in 2000; Jodi Pritzl (the sister of this year's winner, who is now in her first year of medical school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, after completing pre-med studies at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire), 1996; Daniel McGinnity, 1991; Patrick Herbst, 1988; and Robert Herbst, 1985.
  • Milton High School has its fifth WIAA Scholar Athlete. She is Jaqueline Wagner. Previous winners from the school were Kristi Roherty, 1999; Mark Knauer, 1997; Kathie Kruizenga, 1993; and Brenda Dieck, 1990.
  • Necedah High School had a winner for the fourth time, and its first since 1994. This year's WIAA Scholar Athlete is Ryan Seebruck. Previous school winners were Kristoffer Saylor, 1994; Loretta Baritsky, 1985; and Joelle Smelcer, 1984.
  • Randolph High School's Laura Grieger is the school's fourth WIAA Scholar Athlete. Previously earning statewide recognition were Amy Wiersma, 1995; Tonia Vanderploeg, 1989; and Kathryn Sue Christian, 1985.
  • Andrew Haugan of Madison is the first winner from Abundant Life Christian High School. The Madison school is the first private school to produce a WIAA Scholar Athlete.
  • Barneveld High School produced its first WIAA Scholar Athlete ­ Shannon Clerkin.
  • Cashton High School's first WIAA Scholar Athlete is Shelly Brueggen.
  • Iola-Scandinavia High School has a WIAA Scholar Athlete for the first time. She is Rebecca Remington.
  • Milwaukee Hamilton High School produced a WIAA Scholar Athlete for the first time. He is Jeffrey Mennicke.
  • Oconto Falls High School has produced its first WIAA Scholar Athlete. She is Trina Hobyan.
  • Richland Center High School's first statewide winner is Karen Fruit.

Thirty-two senior students attending Wisconsin's public high schools have been named winners of the 1999 WIAA Scholar Athlete Award, presented by the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association . That brings to 446 the number of young men and women honored since the program was launched in 1984 to honor scholastic and athletic excellence. The WIAA Scholar Athlete Award program has been underwritten since its inception by Wausau Insurance Companies, which hosts the awards ceremony at its Westwood Training and Conference Center in Wausau. Every year, each of the 489 WIAA-member public high schools in the state is invited to nominate one boy and one girl for Scholar Athlete honors. There were 598 nominations received for the 1999 award from 319 schools. All of the other students nominated will be presented with a certificate at their school recognizing the achievement of each as the school's top male or female student athlete. This year's list of winners turned up these items of interest:

  • Of the 319 high schools submitting nominations statewide, 11 had WIAA Scholar Athletes for the first time.
  • Twelve of the 32 Scholar Athletes have a grade point average of 4.0, and 10 more have at least a 3.9.
  • Five of the Scholar Athletes have already earned 11 varsity letters in athletic competition, six have earned 10 letters, nine have earned eight letters and three have earned seven letters.
  • Both Park Falls High School nominees, Christian Marsh and Leslie Patterson, were named Scholar Athletes. The school produced four other winners as well.
  • Edgar High School produced a Scholar Athlete for the fourth consecutive year with the naming of Tyler Berg. Three other high schools have also had four winners, but not consecutively. They are Fall Creek, Hudson and Middleton.

To qualify for the WIAA Scholar Athlete Award, a nominee must have earned at least four varsity letters through the first half of his/her senior year and must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. This year's nominees in four WIAA categories included 140 from 75 schools in Division 1; 140 from 73 schools in Division 2; 163 from 87 schools in Division 3; and 138 from 76 schools in Division 4. The divisions are those used by the WIAA for basketball and volleyball tournament participation. Each 2000 WIAA Scholar Athlete receives a medallion, certificate and a special plaque for display in their school's trophy case. The 2000 winners, the communities in which they live, and their high schools are:

Boys

Division 1

Casey Cramer of Middleton at Middleton High School
Gregory Furdek of Beaver Dam at Beaver Dam High School
Steven Peterson of Rice Lake at Rice Lake High School
Jeffrey Willihnganz of Oshkosh at Oshkosh West High School

Division 2

Brady Endl of Jefferson at Jefferson High School
Mark Foster of Delavan at Delavan-Darien High School
Derek Toshner of Fond du Lac at Campbellsport High School
Marc Wegner of Two Rivers at Two Rivers Washington High School

Division 3

Lyle Jankee of Chippewa Falls at Cadott High School
Christian Marsh of Park Falls at Park Falls High School
Skylar Reynolds of Boscobel at Boscobel High School
Ryan Scherz of Lake Nebagamon at Maple Northwestern High School

Division 4

Tyler Berg of Edgar at Edgar High School
Mitchell Repka of Holcombe at Lake Holcombe High School
Bradley Sholes of Owen at Owen-Withee High School
Thomas Venner of Genoa at De Soto High School

Girls

Division 1

Allison Burchill of Hudson at Hudson High School
Stacy Heller of Madison at Madison West High School
Rebekka Lundquist of Eau Claire at Eau Claire Memorial High School
Kay Mikolajczak of Franklin at Franklin High School

Division 2

Kaaren Albrecht of Monroe at Monroe High School
Katherine Christenson of New Auburn at Barron High School
Amber Converse of Whitewater at Whitewater High School
Heidi Ditscheit of DeForest at DeForest High School

Division 3

Ann Knudson of Evansville at Evansville High School
Kallie Krueger of Fall Creek at Fall Creek High School
Leslie Patterson of Park Falls at Park Falls High School
Jennifer Zdroik of Rosholt at Rosholt High School

Division 4

Susanna Craven of Platteville at Belmont High School
Sara Denure of Rio at Rio High School
Laura Verdegan of Tony at Flambeau High School
Jill Watson of Bangor at Bangor High School

*indicates that the student is that school’s first statewide winner.

Thirty-two senior students attending Wisconsin's public high schools have been named winners of the 1999 WIAA Scholar Athlete Award, presented by the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association . That brings to 446 the number of young men and women honored since the program was launched in 1984 to honor scholastic and athletic excellence. The WIAA Scholar Athlete Award program has been underwritten since its inception by Wausau Insurance Companies, which hosts the awards ceremony at its Westwood Training and Conference Center in Wausau. Every year, each of the 428 WIAA-member public high schools in the state is invited to nominate one boy and one girl for Scholar Athlete honors. There were 581 nominations received for the 1999 award from 311 schools. All of the other students nominated will be presented with a certificate at their school recognizing the achievement of each as the school's top male or female student athlete. This year's list of winners turned up these items of interest:

  • Eleven of this year's 32 Scholar Athletes had a grade point average of 4.0. Nine had 3.9 or better; the other 12 achieved a cumulative GPA between 3.6 or 3.8.
  • Luke Hagel, a 1999 WIAA Scholar Athlete from Random Lake High School, has already earned 13 varsity letters in athletic competition in his first seven semesters of high school, and expects to earn 15 by the time he graduates. One has earned 12 letters through seven semesters; six have earned 11 letters; 11 have earned 10 letters; 5 earned 9 letters; 6 earned 8 letters.
  • Of the 311 high schools submitting nominations this year, eight had WIAA Scholar Athlete Award winners for the first time.
  • Breehan Kelley is the second WIAA Scholar Athlete from Three Lakes High School. Her brother, Eli, was a Scholar Athlete in 1995. He is now attending Yale University.
  • Kristin Brockhaus is the sixth winner from Mayville High School. Past WIAA Scholar Athletes from that school are Andrew Basler, 1997; Kristen Bonnett, 1996; Colin Gassner, 1995; Erin Ellington, 1994; and Bradley Steinbach, 1993.
  • Trent Thielke is the 5th Scholar Athlete from Phillips High School. Previous honorees were Nicholas Gabay, 1998; Kevin Bushman, 1993; Necole Heath, 1989; and Tamara Thomas, 1984.
  • Denmark High School and Milton High School each produced their 4th Scholar Athletes.
  • Preceding this year's Denmark High School winner, Ryan Warpinski, were Matt Vandenbush, 1993; Joelle Kane, 1992; and Scott Hussong, 1988;
  • Milton High School winners in addition to 1999 WIAA Scholar Athlete Kristi Roherty were Mark Knauer, 1997; Kathie Kruizenga, 1993; and Brenda Dieck, 1990.

To qualify for the WIAA Scholar Athlete Award, a nominee must have earned at least four varsity letters through the first half of his/her senior year and must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. This year's nominees in four WIAA categories included 140 from 75 schools in Division 1; 140 from 73 schools in Division 2; 163 from 87 schools in Division 3; and 138 from 76 schools in Division 4. The divisions are those used by the WIAA for basketball and volleyball tournament participation. Each 1999 WIAA Scholar Athlete will receive a medallion and certificate, and a special plaque for display in their school's trophy case. The 1999 winners, the communities in which they live, and their high schools are:

Boys

Division 1

Derek Abney of Mosinee-D.C. Everest High School Randall Borgardt of Racine-Racine Park High School David Holzbauer of Germantown-Germantown High School James Sommer of Milwaukee-Milwaukee Pulaski High School

Division 2

Kellen Anderson of Lakeland-Lakeland High School Anthony Black of River Falls-River Falls High School Jamie Daun of New London-New London High School Ryan Warpinski of Maribel-Denmark High School

Division 3

Travis Burnett of Boyceville-Boyceville High School Luke Hagel of Random Lake-Random Lake High School Travis Logslett of Colfax-Colfax High School Trent Thielke of Phillips-Phillips High School

Division 4

Jeremy Graveen of Edgar-Edgar High School Kristopher Langham of Clayton-Clayton High School Matthew Ley of Curtiss-Abbotsford High School Christopher Walters of Cornell-Cornell High School

Girls

Division 1

Brooke Bohannon of Neenah-Neenah High School Katie Radder of Brookfield-Brookfield East High School Liz Reusser of Middleton-Middleton High School Wendy Lauber of Franklin-Franklin High School

Division 2

Kristin Brockhaus of Mayville-Mayville High School Kathleen Mulcahy of Whitefish Bay-Whitefish Bay High School Kristi Roherty of Milton-Milton High School Jane Wilcox of Mauston-Mauston High School

Division 3

Debbie Arneson of Fall Creek-Fall Creek High School Erin Crank of Cadott-Cadott High School Kathy Florin of Cochrane-Cochrane-Fountain City High School Melissa Schweitzer of Amherst-Amherst High School

Division 4

Breehan Kelley of Three Lakes-Three Lakes High School Megan Koeller of Potosi-Potosi High School Sarah Thull of Weyerhaeuser-Weyerhaeuser High School Corinne Westrich of Niagara-Niagara High School

*indicates that the student is that school’s first statewide winner.

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