2013 Scholar Athletes Boys

2013 Scholar Athletes-Boys

Division 1 - Boys


Carl Hirsch, Brookfield Central  – 4.00 GPA

Varsity Letters Earned by Grade

Cross Country 9, 10, 11, 12

Track & Field 10, 11

Individual Sports Achievement

Cross Country Conference Champion 11

Cross Country Sectional Champion 11, 12

Track & Field Conference Champion 10, 11

Track & Field Regional Champion 10, 11

Track & Field Sectional Champion 10, 11

Track & Field State Champions 10, 11

Team WIAA Success

Cross Country Conference Champion 11

Cross Country Sectional Champion 11

Times Named to All-Conference First Team

Cross Country – 2

Times Named to Varsity Sport MVP

Cross Country – 2

Track & Field – 2

Years Involved in Co-Curricular Activities

Key Club – 4

Fellowship of Christ – 4

Civic & Community Activities

Gatorade -Athlete of the Year 2011-12; State Athlete of the Year 2011-12; GMC (conference) Athlete of the Year-2011-12; Academic All State Preps Plus; Cross Country Athlete of the Month-September 2012

Essay

Since the beginning of time, man has participated in athletics for the sheer joy of pushing his limits. However, it has taught me the value of a strong work ethic and it will continue to impact me as I take on the greatest responsibility of a student athlete; learning the discipline to balance Division 1 College Athletics with college studies. Before high school, athletics was all fun and games, a way to make friends while testing my abilities, teaching me to relate to people from all backgrounds. This was valuable when I was the only person from my small class of sixteen to go to Brookfield Central. Of course I was helped immensely by the combination of incredible teammates that took me under their wing and helped me to push my limits, and a cross-country coach just as great. He helped me learn what I could achieve through hard work on and off the course, and taught me the value of helping others as the school’s Key Club advisor. As I continue my career as a student athlete, my participation in athletics will continue to have an impact. Even though I may be traveling around the country for different competitions I will have to learn to manage my time accordingly in order to succeed in a more rigorous college environment. Participating in athletics has a huge impact on my life. But most importantly, I participate in athletics because I love to compete, and I love to run.


Brad Woodford, Waukesha South – 4.00 GPA

Varsity Letters Earned by Grade

Cross Country 9, 10, 11, 12

Track & Field 9, 10, 11

Individual Sports Achievement

Cross Country Sectional Champion 10

Track & Field Regional Champion 10, 11

Track & Field Sectional Champion 10

Team WIAA Success

Cross Country Sectional Champion 12

Times Named to All-Conference First Team

Cross Country – 3

Times Named to Varsity Sport MVP

Cross Country – 2

Track & Field – 1

Years Involved in Co-Curricular Activities

Student Council – 2 (Junior Class President

Choir – 4 (President Senior Year)

Orchestra – 4 (Concert Master)

Essay

Athletics is competition. In sports such as track and cross country especially, as contrasted with football and baseball in which each player relies on the man next to him, the competition is between individuals. It can be very difficult then to foster a sense of camaraderie between teammates because individual glory is so easily attained for some, while collective success can be a side thought. But during my senior cross-country season, while I had huge aspirations for personal success, I came down with mononucleosis. All hope of an individual state championship was gone, and all that was left was the chance to give everything I had for my team. I did so at the risk of my health, but it paid off in huge dividends. Giving your all for your brothers on either side of you on the start line is far more rewarding than giving your all for yourself. That is the best lesson I have learned from sports, and it came very late in my career. When I started playing competitive baseball when I was just eight years old I was playing for myself, and during cross country my freshman year I was running for myself. It wasn't until my very last high school cross country race that I grew into a better person because of athletics, but the lesson I learned, that it's the men on either side of you that matter most, is something I will carry with me until I die.


Riley Budde, Beaver Dam – 3.93 GPA

Varsity Letters Earned by Grade

Football 10, 11, 12

Wrestling 10, 11, 12

Track & Field 9, 10, 11

Individual Sports Achievement

Wrestling Conference Champion 12

Wrestling Regional Champion 12

Wrestling Sectional Champion 12

Track & Field Conference Champion 10, 11

Track & Field Regional Champion 10, 11

Track & Field Sectional Champion 11

Times Named to All-Conference First Team

Football – 2

Times Named to Varsity Sport MVP

Football-Offense – 2

Wrestling – 2

Track & Field – 2

Years Involved in Co-Curricular Activities

SWAZZ – 3

Civic & Community Activities

American Red Cross Blood Drive volunteer - Elk's Club Food Drive Volunteer - Relay for Life -United Way Day of Caring volunteer - Beaver Dam Youth Football volunteer - Beaver Dam Youth Wrestling volunteer

Essay

I believe that I can benefit any team on or off the field. Throughout my years participating in sports, I have always considered myself as one of those kids that others look to for assistance. Whenever people would ask for help I would always do my best to help them with what they needed. I strive to make my peers better and to better my team in all ways possible. A leader must have many great qualities to be truly labeled as a “leader”. Some of these qualities are dedication to your team, the ability to listen, the ability to teach, and the ability to learn. A leader also has to respect not only to his coaches and elders, but also his teammates as well. These qualities I have learned through sports will help me to succeed in the future.


Willie Freimuth, Waunakee – 3.98 GPA

Varsity Letters Earned by Grade

Football 10, 11, 12

Basketball 11, 12

Baseball 10, 11

Team WIAA Success

Football Conference Champion 10, 11, 12

Football Regional Champion 10, 11, 12

Football Sectional Champion 10, 11, 12

Football State Champion 10, 11

Basketball Conference Champion 11, 12

Basketball Regional Champion 11

Baseball Conference Champion 10

Baseball Regional Champion 10, 11

Times Named to All-Conference First Team

Baseball – 1

Times Named to Varsity Sport MVP

Baseball – 1

Years Involved in Co-Curricular Activities

Newspaper – 4 (Sports Editor)

National Honor Society – 2

Civic & Community Activities

Volunteer Matthew 25 Project, which feeds needy community members at St. Luke's Church in Madison, WI, preparing and serving meals. Volunteer for Food for Kidz, which packages food stuffs for local and international relief efforts. Volunteer for "Let There Be Lights," a group that raised money for lights for the high school baseball field. Volunteer at Heartland Country Nursing Home in Black Earth, WI, transporting residents to and from activities.

Essay

Being in Waunakee athletics, I have learned the true meaning of tradition, work ethic, discipline, and dedication. A three-time state championship football team cannot afford to take short cuts. Reaching the Sectional finals in baseball and basketball does not just happen overnight. Waunakee has a tradition of winning, but winning is more than just the accolades. Winning is the will to contribute to something bigger than yourself. Winning is an attitude; it is not arrogant, it is humble. It is sacrificing your body, sleep, and time to better yourself and your team. Greatness in anything is achieved through hard work, commitment, planning, and desire. When I broke my shin at the start of my junior year, recovering took even more diligence and extra work, but I never lost sight of the ultimate goal: making my team better. This greatness is not solely an individual task. It takes teamwork. Lifting weights four days a week, battling the heat of two-a-days, staying focused during the sleet storms of November playoff games, pushing through the last leg of suicides before free throws, battling the raw winds of spring while trying to hit a curve - these have taught me that perseverance goes a long way in achieving goals. Time management, ambition, and courage pave the way to success, no matter what form it takes. These traits, honed in sports, will prove to be valuable as I continue on to college and into the working world.


Division 2 - Boys


Andrew Klapper, Waupun – 4.00 GPA

Varsity Letters Earned by Grade

Cross Country 9, 10, 11, 12

Track & Field 9, 10, 11

Individual Sports Achievement

Cross Country Conference Champion 11, 12

Track & Field Regional Champion 11

Team WIAA Success

Cross Country Conference Champion 11, 12

Cross Country Sectional Champion 11, 12

Times Named to All-Conference First Team

Cross Country – 4

Times Named to Varsity Sport MVP

Cross Country – 3

Years Involved in Co-Curricular Activities

Student Council – 4

National Honor Society – 2

Digital Video Club – 1

Science Club – 2 (President)

Band – 3

Drama Club – 2

Civic & Community Activities

I have volunteered at the Knights of Columbus Fish Fry since before I was a freshman. I breaded and battered the fish as well as served it and help with cleaning up. I have volunteered at Waupun's food pantry in helping them organize and stock their shelves. This year I am mentoring for two junior high students.

Essay

When I first joined athletics, it was because I was told that I had potential. But after many hours the sport ceased to be a sport but became an activity that I was passionate about: cross-country and track and field became the hobby of running. As this passion built so did my personality and character. My first steps in running sports fortified my understanding of hard work and dedication. Combined with scheduling, these have allowed me to take a difficult course load in school and extracurricular activities with time to volunteer. In academics and volunteering, athletic participation has driven me to success. I perform my best on and off the field and spend many hours practicing assure that my best counts. Besides contributing to my work ethic, my participation in athletics has made me personable through being a team player. As I run into my future, my participation in high school athletics will have a profound effect. Because of my intrinsic motivation and time management skills, I will be able to assimilate faster to college life. This will also help me obtain an occupation and my work ethic will help me keep it. Also my participation in athletics will not stop. I will run the rest of my life and I will become a volunteer coach at the high school level someday. Through my strides in athletics I have learned a great deal that impacts me now and will continue to impact me and help me in the future.


Austin Bellile, Tomahawk – 4.00 GPA

Varsity Letters Earned by Grade

Football 10, 11, 12

Wrestling 9, 10, 11 12

Track & Field 11

Individual Sports Achievement

Wrestling Conference Champion 10, 11, 12

Wrestling Regional Champion 10, 11, 12

Wrestling Sectional Champion 12

Track & Field Conference Champion 11

Team WIAA Success

Wrestling Conference Champion 9, 10, 11, 12

Wrestling Regional Champion 9

Times Named to All-Conference First Team

Wrestling – 3

Track & Field – 1       

Times Named to Varsity Sport MVP

Football-Offense – 2

Wrestling – 1

Years Involved in Co-Curricular Activities

Varsity Club – 3 (Vice President, President)

Friends – 1

Wrestling Team Captain – 2

Football Team Captain – 1

Civic & Community Activities

Youth wrestling (instructor); Peer tutoring of wrestlers during season and summer.

Essay

Athletics has been a major factor in my life. Since I was in elementary school, my life has revolved around sports. It has improved my leadership skills, my discipline on how I live my life and comradery with teammates who have become lifelong friends. Many of my friends have been with me from the times of youth wrestling and summer baseball. I know that they will continue to be there for me as I for them in the future. Athletics will have an impact on my future because athletics will never leave. I will always be playing sports whether it be in college or 10 years down the road with my family and kids. I have been blessed to have been a part of Tomahawk High School and all the opportunities I have been given. There is not a moment I would take back and if I could do it over it would be the same. Thanks to my coaches and family for giving me the opportunity to be a part of athletics and for shaping the man I have become.


Bryce Miller, Ashland – 3.86 GPA

Varsity Letters Earned by Grade

Cross Country 9, 10, 11, 12

Basketball 11, 12

Track & Field 9, 10, 11

Individual Sports Achievement

Cross Country Conference Champion 11

Cross Country Sectional Champion 11, 12

Track & Field Conference Champion 10

Track & Field Regional Champion 9, 10, 11

Track & Field Sectional Champion 11

Team WIAA Success

Cross Country Conference Champion 10

Cross Country Sectional Champion 9

Times Named to All-Conference First Team

Cross Country – 3

Times Named to Varsity Sport MVP

Cross Country – 2

Track & Field – 3

Years Involved in Co-Curricular Activities

National Honor Society – 2 (Communication Coordinator)

Link Crew Leader – 2

Study Hall Monitor – 2

Spanish Club – 1

Civic & Community Activities

Selling Christmas Trees - Church Fat Tire Festival - Fundraiser community organization Whistle Stop Marathon - community event volunteer Bay Days Triathlon - community event volunteer Ashland Youth Basketball Assoc. - volunteer referee Ashland Youth Basketball - volunteer coach - various Church Fundraisers: Knights of Columbus Fish Fry, Senior Citizen Dinners - Badger Boys State Representative

Essay

Throughout my athletic career so far, my participation in athletics has helped to develop many aspects of my life. Athletic, academic and social benefits have been a product of my participation and attitude in sports. My participation in athletics will definitely have a major impact on my future. Athletics have always been a part of my life. My parents told me when I was young to listen and work hard in athletics. With extra practice, these athletic attributes have driven me to succeed and help others. This mentality has also motivated me in academics to be the best I can be for every class and test. Academics definitely come first for me, while athletic participation just adds to my confidence and will to succeed in school. While involved in athletics, I have found the right group of people to practice and hang around with. With six state appearances in cross-country and track so far, I have been able to become friends with many great athletes and more social with different people within my community. Going on to college, I will be participating in cross-country and track possibly at the Division 1 level. While in college I will be studying in the medical field. My athletic experience will help me while in the health and fitness areas within my classes. I believe staying with athletics during college will help me to stay more focused in school, in decision-making and time management


Seth Liegel, River Valley – 3.70 GPA

Varsity Letters Earned by Grade

Football 9, 10, 11, 12

Wrestling 9, 10, 11, 12

Track & Field 9, 10, 11

Individual Sports Achievement

Wrestling Conference Champion 9, 10, 11, 12

Wrestling Regional Champion 10, 11, 12

Wrestling Sectional Champion 10, 11, 12

Wrestling State Champion 11, 12

Track & Field Conference Champion 10

Track & Field Regional Champion 11

Team WIAA Success

Football Conference Champion 10

Wrestling Conference Champion 9, 10

Wrestling Regional Champion 9, 10, 11

Times Named to All-Conference First Team

Football – 3

Times Named to Varsity Sport MVP

Football Offense – 2

Football Defense – 1

Wrestling – 4

Track & Field – 2

Years Involved in Co-Curricular Activities

National Honor Society – 3

Class Officer – 1

SADD – 4

Math Club – 2

Essay

Participating in athletics has always been a joy of mine. I remember growing up watching my older brothers participate in sports and I too wanted to do the same. Sports are like a second family to me and without them I probably wouldn’t be who I am today. With being a three-sport athlete, I am constantly busy with schoolwork and extra-curricular events. However, sports have taught me how to work hard, persevere through hard times, and ultimately commit myself fully to something. I understand the meaning of dedication, and I approach each day of school and practice the same. Sports have allowed me to grow not only as an athlete, but also as a person. My participation in athletics has given me a different viewpoint on things; things that most people don’t see. The biggest thing for me is seeing my teammates succeed. Knowing all of their hard work and commitment finally paid off is simply priceless. With my high school career slowly coming to an end, I know the lessons I’ve learned through athletics will not. I will continue each and everyday in college to use what I’ve been taught through athletics to seize every opportunity presented to me. It’s through athletics that I have gained an understanding of what work and commitment is. I’ve dedicated the last four years of high school to working hard and persevering, and I know that it has made me a better student-athlete.


Division 3 - Boys


Hayden Krueger, Crandon – 4.00 GPA

Varsity Letters Earned by Grade

Football 9, 10, 11, 12

Wrestling 9, 10, 11, 12

Baseball 9, 10, 11

Individual Sports Achievement

Wrestling Conference Champion 9, 10, 11, 12

Wrestling Regional Champion 11, 12

Wrestling Sectional Champion 12

Team WIAA Success

Football Conference Champion 12

Baseball Conference Champion 11

Baseball Regional Champion 9

Times Named to All-Conference First Team

Football – 2

Baseball – 2

Times Named to Varsity Sport MVP

Football Offense – 2

Football Defense – 1

Wrestling – 3

Baseball – 2

Years Involved in Co-Curricular Activities

National Honor Society – 2

Spanish National Honor – 2

Civic & Community Activities

Relay for Life Team Captain (2012)

Church Usher (2008-Present)

Essay

My participation in athletics has contributed to many aspects of my life. It has taught me to work well with others, and how to speak to others in a positive and motivational way. Throughout the years, I have also learned what it takes to be a leader. Participating in three different sports for four years, I have witnessed some great examples of leadership as well as some poor examples from which I have learned. When it was my time to lead, I was able to take what I had learned and lead my teammates to achieve our goals. However, I believe the most important thing I took from playing sports was the ability to work hard. The hard work and mental toughness it takes to participate successfully in athletics has helped me not only do well in sports, but also achieve my personal goals. Whether I am working to achieve academic goals in college, pursuing my career, or being an active member of my community, the combination of teamwork, leadership, and hard work will greatly contribute to my success in the future.


Joshua Kalmus, Lourdes Academy – 4.00 GPA

Varsity Letters Earned by Grade

Football 9, 10, 11, 12

Basketball 9, 10, 11, 12

Track & Field 10

Team WIAA Success

Football Conference Champion 11

Basketball Conference Champion 9, 10, 11, 12

Basketball Regional Champion 10, 11

Basketball Sectional Champion 11

Times Named to All-Conference First Team

Football – 3

Times Named to Varsity Sport MVP

Football-Defense – 2

Years Involved in Co-Curricular Activities

Campus Ministry – 1

National Honor Society – 2 (Treasurer)

Literary Club – 1

Madrigal Singers – 3

Concert Choir – 2

Chamber Singers – 1

Recycling Club – 3

Civic & Community Activities

Special Olympics Football- 11,12; High School Church Worship team- 6-12; School Worship Team- 6-9; Mission Trips- 7-10 (Went to Mississippi, Chicago and some local relief); Salvation Army Bell Ringers- 7-9; Pancake Breakfast Serves- 7-10; School Scooter Hockey referee- 11-12; School Community Service Day- 8-10 (Yard work for elderly community members); JKBC Basketball Tournament Volunteer- 10-12

Essay

Athletics have been a big part of my high school career. I have dedicated myself to being a four-year varsity athlete in football and basketball as well as maintaining excellent grades throughout high school. Athletic participation has contributed to my development as a person through the virtues of leadership, perseverance, and discipline. While competing at a varsity level, one must be disciplined enough to commit time to his studies as well. It is a strenuous schedule that can be very taxing. I believe, however, that it is worth the long hours and busy schedule to play sports with fellow students and friends. I have learned how to lead and be a role model to my teammates by being a four-year football starter. I have had to lead my team through tough times and be the voice of reason. Because of the difficult situations that athletics present, athletes must have perseverance and push through the hard times. I believe that I will take these virtues with me into my career later on in life. When times become hard, I must persevere and lead coworkers and friends through those situations. Athletics have helped shape me into a well-rounded individual more than studies alone could have done.


Eric Kittel, Brillion – 3.54 GPA

Varsity Letters Earned by Grade

Football 10, 11, 12

Basketball 9, 10, 11, 12

Track & Field 9, 10, 11

Individual Sports Achievement

Track & Field Conference Champion 9, 10, 11

Track & Field Regional Champion 9, 11

Team WIAA Success

Football Conference Champion 10, 12

Football Regional Champion 10, 11, 12

Football Sectional Champion 10

Football State Champion 10

Basketball Conference Champion 10, 11, 12

Basketball Regional Champion 9, 11, 12

Basketball Sectional Champion 9, 11

Basketball State Champion 11

Times Named to All-Conference First Team

Football – 2    

Basketball – 3

Times Named to Varsity Sport MVP

Football-Offense – 1

Basketball – 2

Track & Field – 1

Years Involved in Co-Curricular Activities

National Honor Society – 3

Fellowship of Christ – 4 (Huddle Leader)

Big Brothers/Big Sisters – 3

Varsity Club – 4

Jazz Band – 4

Science Club – 2

School Musical – 1

Civic & Community Activities

Badger Boy, Church Youth Group, Youth football and basketball camps, Brillion Historical Society, Battle of the Books

Essay

I truly believe the person I am today can be attributed to my family, faith and athletic involvement. I have grown up around athletics, as my father is a head coach for football and basketball as well as an athletic director. This means my first exposure was to follow his high school players who quickly became my role models. I learned a tremendous amount about hard work, discipline, respect, and teamwork. I was blessed to be a part of some exciting wins as well as disappointing losses as both a water boy and a player. These experiences taught me how to be humble in victory and respectful in defeat. One of the toughest lessons I learned in athletics was to see one of my role models have his sports career cut short. This role model is my older brother who had allowed me to tag along and be part of so many athletic experiences. Unfortunately, he had his senior year cut short due to a serious knee injury. I had learned so much from him as an athlete, but at the same time, I learned more than ever on how to handle adversity and to never take the opportunity to be an athlete for granted. As I look to my future, I hope that athletics will continue to be part of my life, but I am positive the lessons I have learned will drive me to be a hard working and respectful member of society.


Mason Mergener, Coleman – 3.83 GPA

Varsity Letters Earned by Grade

Football 10, 11, 12

Wrestling 9, 10, 11, 12

Baseball 9, 10, 11

Individual Sports Achievement

Wrestling Conference Champion 10, 11, 12

Wrestling Regional Champion 10, 11, 12

Wrestling Sectional Champion 11, 12

Wrestling State Champion 12

Team WIAA Success

Football Conference Champion 10, 11

Wrestling Conference Champion 9, 10, 11, 12

Wrestling Regional Champion 9, 10, 11, 12

Wrestling Sectional Champion 9, 10, 11, 12

Wrestling State Champion 9, 10 11

Baseball Conference Champion 10, 11

Baseball Regional Champion 10, 11

Baseball Sectional Champion 10, 11

Baseball State Champion 11

Times Named to All-Conference First Team

Baseball – 2

Times Named to Varsity Sport MVP

Baseball – 2

Wrestling – 1

Years Involved in Co-Curricular Activities

National Honor Society – 2

Class Officer – 3 (President)

FFA – 1

Student Council – 1

Essay

Being in athletics has been the single greatest reason I am who I am. It taught me how to win while being humble and to lose with pride. It showed me in order to succeed I need to work for it. In sports, nothing is given to anyone. That is the same in life. You must work for whatever you want. Being in sports has also taught me to work with other people. To accomplish anything you must work as a team. Lastly sports have taught me to get back up. After you lose you must get back up and try harder. In life you will screw up sometimes but you must keep going. Sports have taught me to work hard, work as a team, and to never give up.


Division 4 - Boys


Kyle Larson, Clayton – 4.00 GPA

Varsity Letters Earned by Grade

Football 9, 10, 11, 12

Basketball 9, 10, 11, 12

Baseball 9, 10, 11

Team WIAA Success

Football Conference Champion 11, 12

Football Regional Champion 11

Basketball Conference Champion 9, 10, 11, 12

Basketball Regional Champion 9, 10, 11, 12

Basketball Sectional Champion 9, 10

Baseball Conference Champion 9, 11

Times Named to All-Conference First Team

Football – 2

Basketball – 2

Baseball – 3

Times Named to Varsity Sport MVP

Baseball – 1

Years Involved in Co-Curricular Activities

National Honor Society – 4

Student Leadership – 2

Civic & Community Activities

Student to Student Tutor - 1 Year Polk County Kinship Mentor - 2 Years High School Highway Clean-Up Crew - 4 Years Santa's Secret Shop Worker - 4 Years Church Youth Activities Youth Basketball Program/Tournament Worker Summer Rec. Baseball Umpiring

Essay

Being involved in athletics has definitely contributed to my development as a person and will help me continue to develop in the future. Ever since I was a young kid I had a ball in my hands. One could say that my life literally "revolves" around athletics. Through athletics I have attained numerous friendships and memories that will last a lifetime. The countless hours of training I have put into being a successful athlete is because of my hard work and dedication. Athletics have a greater life lesson than just winning. They teach us the ability to work with others and the importance of dedication and perseverance. This holds true for athletics as well as academics. I have developed a great work ethic through athletics and have taken it to the classroom. I was named valedictorian of our class with a grade point average over 4.0 on a 4.0 scale. I'll be the first to admit that I'm not the smartest kid, but I have a great work ethic and excellent study habits, which have helped me overcome adversity. Athletics will have a lasting impact on my future development and I know that all of the lessons I have learned throughout my high school years will help me to work through any obstacles I may stumble upon. Ultimately, I feel that athletics has given me a lasting confidence and a belief in myself and that my future will be a successful one.


Austin Schaffer, Hilbert – 4.00 GPA

Varsity Letters Earned by Grade

Football 10, 11, 12

Basketball 10, 11, 12

Track & Field 9, 10, 11

Individual Sports Achievement

Track & Field Conference Champion 11

Track & Field Regional Champion 10, 11

Track & Field Sectional Champion 11

Track & Field State Champion 11

Team WIAA Success

Football Conference Champion 11, 12

Football Regional Champion 12

Basketball Regional Champion 11

Times Named to All-Conference First Team

Football – 2

Times Named to Varsity Sport MVP

Football-Defense – 1

Track & Field – 2

Years Involved in Co-Curricular Activities

Badger Boys State – 1

National Honor Society – 2

Pep Band – 4

Faith Factor – 1

Student Council – 1

Anatomy Club – 1

Civic & Community Activities

My favorite volunteer activity so far has been working with little boys and girls at Hilbert's youth football and basketball camps. It's a great feeling working with these kids and seeing how much they look up to you and appreciate what you are doing for them. A close second favorite volunteer activity was participating in Faith Factor. Over 3 days I put in 18 hours of community service with fellow classmates and kids from my religion class. The best part of it was working with the elderly at an Assisted Living facility. We had a picnic for them and the smiles we brought to their faces were priceless. I have also been very involved with my church. I serve mass on a regular basis and am involved in almost all of the parish fundraisers.

Essay

No one man can win a football game. He may make a bone crushing tackle or a diving one-handed catch, but without the other 10 players on the field he cannot win a game, not a single one. This is part of the reason why I love football. Teamwork is a huge aspect of all sports and is the key to success. There are so many things that I have taken out of my high school athletic career. Things like hard work, determination, friendship, leadership, and as stated above teamwork, are all big things that I’ve gotten from my experiences out on the field and on the court. One thing I learned from a young age about athletics is that success is earned, not given to you. My teammates and I have spent hundreds of hours in the gym trying to become the best athletes we can be. Another thing that I personally worked hard at was academics. The work ethic I got out of sports was definitely shown in the classroom. I am currently number one in my class and have maintained a 4.0 GPA over my high school career. In my opinion my high school sports career will have a huge impact on my future. I received and accepted a full tuition offer to play football at the University of Sioux Falls. Not having the huge debt that most students have after college will be an enormous burden lifted off my shoulders.


Ben Best, Drummond – 3.50 GPA

Varsity Letters Earned by Grade

Cross Country 9, 10, 11, 12

Basketball 9, 10, 11, 12

Baseball 9, 10, 11

Team WIAA Success

Cross Country Conference Champion 9, 10, 11, 12

Basketball Conference Champion 11, 12

Basketball Regional Champion 9, 10, 11, 12

Basketball Sectional Champion 11, 12

Baseball Conference Champion 11

Baseball Regional Champion 10, 11

Times Named to All-Conference First Team

Cross Country – 4

Basketball – 4

Baseball – 2

Times Named to Varsity Sport MVP

Basketball – 3

Baseball – 1

Years Involved in Co-Curricular Activities

D-Club – 4

Civic & Community Activities

Youth basketball camps held at Drummond—4 yrs; Volunteer Fat Tire Festival—4 yrs; Volunteer Grand View Fire House 50 bike races—4 yrs.

Essay

Athletic participation has defined me not only in sports but also in the community. Sports make me work hard at what I do whether it's during the sporting event or throughout the school year and to be a responsible young gentleman. Every aspect of sports leads to dedication in the classroom; getting good grades, striving towards achievement, and being a good role model in the community will go a long way in the future. If it weren't for sports, I wouldn't be the person who I am today. This fall I plan on attending either a D2 or D3 school and to play basketball. I will carry on my duties of being a good student, a good role model, and to be successful in whatever I choose to pursue and athletics has given me that confidence.


Jay Tienor, Suring – 3.70 GPA

Varsity Letters Earned by Grade

Football 9, 10, 11, 12

Basketball 9, 10, 11, 12

Track & Field 9, 10, 11

Individual Sports Achievement

Track & Field Conference Champion 9, 10, 11

Track & Field Regional Champion 9, 10, 11

Team WIAA Success

Football Conference Champion 12

Basketball Regional Champion 10

Times Named to All-Conference First Team

Football – 2

Basketball – 1

Times Named to Varsity Sport MVP

Football-Offense – 1

Football-Defense – 1

Basketball – 1

Years Involved in Co-Curricular Activities

S Club – 4

German Club – 4

Environmental Club – 2 (Vice President)

SOAR – 1

Student Council – 2

Concert Band – 1

Essay

Athletics has become a very important part of my life. I have been involved in athletics since 3rd grade. During this time I have learned very important life lessons. One of the lessons is work ethic, which will carry over into my adult work life. I have learned through hard work, that I can accomplish any goal I put my mind to. The amount of work I put into sports is the amount of success I get out of athletics. Another life lesson is teamwork. I have learned to work together with my teammates to accomplish our goals. We have learned to put aside our differences to accomplish a common goal. Just like in the world of work, we all come from slightly different backgrounds and we have come together to accomplish amazing things as a team. I have also learned that dedication to my coaches, teammates, fans, community, and the sport will be impact me the rest of my life. I gained respect for our military and nation, because one of my coaches was a lifelong Marine, who instilled the military values every day. The coach explained to us the meaning of the flag and now I see more than just a flag when I hear the National Anthem or say the Pledge of Allegiance. Athletics is going to continue to be part of my life; I am planning on attending UWSP while competing in both football and track. In closing, I do not know where I would be without athletics.

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