2013 Scholar Athletes Girls

2013 Scholar Athletes-Girls

Division 1 - Girls

 

Paige Skorseth, River Falls – 4.0 GPA

Varsity Letters Earned by Grade

Cross Country 9, 10, 11, 12

Gymnastics 9, 10, 11

Track & Field 9, 10, 11

Individual Sports Achievement

Cross Country Conference Champion 9

Cross Country Sectional Champion 10

Gymnastics Conference Champion 10, 11

Gymnastics Sectional Champion 9, 10, 11

Team WIAA Success

Cross Country Conference Champion 9, 10, 11

Cross Country Sectional Champion 9, 10, 11

Gymnastics Conference Champion 9, 10, 11

Gymnastics Sectional Champion 9

Gymnastics State Champion 9

Times Named to All-Conference First Team

Cross Country – 4

Times Named to Varsity Sport MVP

Cross Country – 2

Gymnastics – 1

Years Involved in Co-Curricular Activities

Students Offering – 4 (Jr & Sr Representative)

National Honor Society – 1

FCA – 1

Civic & Community Activities

Kinni Trout Trot Race Volunteer • Gear West Race Volunteer • Work bake sales, put on middle school dances • Feed My Starving Children: help make food for third world countries • River Valley Physical Therapy Volunteer • Volunteering at River Falls Club Gymnastics Competitions • Premier Complex Gymnastics Volunteer (Clear Lake, Wisconsin) • Participant in Habitat for Humanity • Ribbons for Reese • Organized Schaffhausen body painting at River Falls Days • Organized the 2012 and 2013 Food Drive for the local food shelf • Donations of all clothing and personal items to Goodwill each year • Kinnickinnic River trash cleanup • Coat Drive • Volunteer for middle school dances • Salvation Army Bell Ringing for Christmas • River Falls Winter Retreat • Organize and Participate in the Mock Car Crash at River Falls High School

Essay

With my heart pounding, feet throbbing and muscles burning, I sprinted to the finish to turn and watch my best friends cross the line. We tumbled into each other’s arms knowing we had made history, placing fourth at the State Cross Country meet. This was the most rewarding experience of my life because I was able to achieve my goal and help my teammates accomplish theirs! As captain, I was pleased to observe how enthusiastic leadership can motivate a group to dedicate their effort to improve as student-athletes. My team is my family, and I realize that although it may be fun to win, friendship, teamwork, and chocolate milk are what count! I have been blessed with the capabilities to lead by example. However, I am humbled and realize that I am just one person. Hugs, high-fives, and smiles are priceless to teammates and fellow competitors. Sportsmanship is imperative no matter how the contest ends. There is always another competition, but there may never be another chance to make friends. Ups and downs are part of athletic rivalries and when things don’t work out I have found that staying positive and leaning on those you love is the chicken noodle soup. I recently signed a NCAA Division I scholarship to run cross-country and track at DePaul University. I have learned that dedication, hard work, discipline, honesty, and teamwork result in “success” even though they don’t guarantee a “win.” As my favorite Bible verse says, “Be excellent in what is good!”


Kayla Janto, West Bend West – 4.00 GPA

Varsity Letters Earned by Grade

Cross Country 9, 10, 11, 12

Gymnastics 9, 10, 11, 12

Track & Field 9, 10, 11

Individual Sports Achievement

Gymnastics Conference Champion 11

Track & Field Conference Champion 10, 11

Track & Field Regional Champion 11

Track & Field Sectional Champion 11

Team WIAA Success

Cross Country Conference Champion 12

Gymnastics Conference Champion 9, 10, 11, 12

Times Named to All-Conference First Team

Cross Country – 1

Times Named to Varsity Sport MVP

Gymnastics – 1

Track & Field – 1

Years Involved in Co-Curricular Activities

National Honor Society – 2

Key Club – 2

Civic & Community Activities

Involvement in Appalachian Service Project mission trip, regular volunteer at Cedar Community Homes, assists at Washington County Food Pantry, Interfaith Caregivers, and YMCA

Essay

Growing up in a household that values athletic participation, I have been surrounded by sports nearly my entire life. My involvement in athletics has taught me the qualities of an individual that breed success and about the triumph of the human spirit brought out when competing against others. Athletics have blessed me with the opportunity of becoming a confident leader among my peers. As a multiple year captain for all three of my sports, I’ve been honored to lead and mentor so many younger, aspiring teammates. Exhibiting maturity, humility, and respect for my competitors in order to act as a positive role model for others is a responsibility that I have learned to take great pride in. Sports have also served as a perfect avenue for me to express my natural competitive spirit. I have learned that those who demonstrate dedication, determination, and excellent work ethic will often triumph over those who are naturally more gifted, but don’t work as hard. This is a lesson that I plan to keep in mind in the future when I am faced with situations that I may not find my self the most natural or talented at. Most of all, I’ve enjoyed the camaraderie and friendships formed with my teammates and other competitors throughout my athletic career. There is no bigger sense of accomplishment than sharing in the success of a team. I hope to carry over this value of working towards a common goal with others to my future college athlete teams and my future occupation.


Alison Parker, Neenah – 3.94 GPA

Varsity Letters Earned by Grade

Cross Country 9, 10, 11, 12

Track & Field 9, 10, 11

Individual Sports Achievement

Cross Country Conference Champion 10, 11, 12

Cross Country Sectional Champion 11

Track & Field Conference Champion 9, 10, 11

Track & Field Regional Champion 9, 10, 11

Track & Field Sectional Champion 9, 10, 11

Track & Field State Champion 10, 11

Team WIAA Success

Cross Country Conference Champion 9, 10, 11, 12

Cross Country Sectional Champion 9, 10, 11, 12

Times Named to All-Conference First Team

Cross Country – 4

Times Named to Varsity Sport MVP

Cross Country – 4

Track & Field – 3

Years Involved in Co-Curricular Activities

Basketball – 1

Band – 1

National Honor Society – 1

Health Careers Academy – 2

Cross Country – 4 (Captain)

Track & Field – 4 (Captain)

Leadership Council – 1

Key Club – 2

Civic & Community Activities

Community Activities- LIFE- Religious Group Relay for Life- Raised over $1,000 for the American Cancer Society; Volunteering Activities- Fox Cities Marathon water station/intersection; Neenah Summer Community Fun Runs; Salvation Army Bell Ringing; Wilson Elementary School Carnival Fundraiser; Church Events

Essay

Athletic participation has been the biggest influence on my development as a person. It has taught me the importance of teamwork, working hard, goal setting, being a leader, and time management. I have competed on my middle and high school cross country and track teams for the past six years. The biggest lesson I’ve learned through running is to set goals and don’t give up on them. In high school, my cross-country team finished in second place at the state meet three consecutive years. Each year, my team and I worked harder than the previous year. Although our team never won a cross-country state title, our dedication and hard work paid off on the track when we broke the Division 1 state record in the 4x800 meter relay. As a senior on the cross-country team, I was elected team captain. I was honored to assume this role and feel my leadership positively impacted the team. I encouraged my teammates to run in the off-season and made everyone feel like an important member of the team. I’m excited to be a senior captain for track this year! Running has also taught me how to budget my time. My time management skills have helped me balance academics and athletics throughout high school, and will help me at Marquette University next year. I am confident that my teamwork, goal setting, leadership, and time management skills will help me be successful in college and in my future career.


Leah Holmes, Superior – 3.73 GPA

Varsity Letters Earned by Grade

Cross Country 9, 10, 11, 12

Basketball 11

Track & Field 9, 10, 11

Individual Sports Achievement

Cross Country Conference Champion 9, 10, 11

Track & Field Conference Champion 9, 10, 11

Track & Field Sectional Champion 9

Team WIAA Success

Cross Country Conference Champion 10, 11, 12

Basketball Conference Champion 11

Basketball Regional Champion 11

Times Named to All-Conference First Team

Cross Country – 4

Times Named to Varsity Sport MVP

Cross Country – 4

Track & Field – 1

Years Involved in Co-Curricular Activities

National Honor Society – 2

PledgeMakers – 4 (Treasurer)

Scott Anderson Leadership – 1

Civic & Community Activities

Chamber Youth Leadership Program Track-o-Rama volunteer; Co-coordinator with Wednesday night races.

Essay

Being involved in sports for four years at Superior High School has developed me into a stronger person. It has also given me character and leadership skills. Athletics has educated me in a way that I’ve learned to never give up. I learned this through many track and cross country races that I can’t stop and walk, I have to keep running no matter how much pain my body was in. I can apply this to almost everything that is ahead of me, especially college. My participation has also paved the road for how to act and be a better person. It’s necessary that I have the right attitude if I want to succeed and accomplish my goals. Attitude is everything in sports and life. Having a good attitude allows a person to work with others and receive help when needed. I have matured significantly by participating in athletics and developing into a leader. Given the privilege of the Captain of a team gave me a mindset to lead by example and care for my teammates. I’ve also matured by having learned the characteristics of sportsmanship. Although losing is hard, being a “good sport” when defeated allows for reflection and assessment to improve for the next time. With the success I’ve had in athletics and the valuable lessons I have learned by participation in sports, I can apply these principles to my future in the real world.


Division 2 - Girls


Megan School, Wittenberg-Birnamwood – 4.00 GPA

Varsity Letters Earned by Grade

Cross Country 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 11

Team WIAA Success

Cross Country Conference Champion 9, 10, 11

Basketball Conference Champion 9, 11, 12

Basketball Regional Champion 9, 11

Times Named to All-Conference First Team

Cross Country – 4

Times Named to Varsity Sport MVP

Track & Field – 2

Cross Country – 1

Years Involved in Co-Curricular Activities

National Honor Society – 2 (President)

Student Council – 4

Athletic Club – 3

Student Advisory – 2

Art Club – 1 (Vice President)

Spanish Club – 1

Class Officer – 4 (Vice President)

Civic & Community Activities

I have participated in multiple civic and community activities. I have participated in 20 hours of community service for my church and community. I also have performed community service at the Portage County fair as well as raking leaves and doing lawn work for local community members and businesses. I also have participated in teaching basketball camps and performing numerous service hours for basketball tournaments. Another community service activity I was involved in was working at a Soup Kitchen at our church. Overall I have participated in numerous service hours to our community and have enjoyed the experience!

Essay

Overall my participation in athletics has contributed to my development as a student, an athlete, and as a person in various ways. First and foremost it has taught me to be a leader and role model to not only teammates but to younger children as well. This leadership I have learned through athletics has carried over to everyday life whether it is in the classroom, leading an organization, or leading in our community; it has benefited me in multiple ways. My leadership also manifests itself while teaching at basketball camps and shows up in the hearts of young aspiring basketball players. In many instances coaches of the younger teams in our basketball program have made comments to their players to “hustle as Megan does” or to be vocal on the court as she is. Also coaches look to me to be a leader and help out other teammates in every sport I am involved in. Therefore, I have been named team captain in all of my sports. Athletics has also taught me to have an exceptional work ethic. My work ethic carries over to my academics as well as my participation and service to the school, community, and church. My work ethic has driven me to maintain a 4.0 throughout high school and also to take leadership positions in organizations to service the community. I will also continue on to perform athletics in college and run track and field at the University of Stevens Point in the future.

 

Jenna Orr, Rice Lake – 4.00 GPA

Varsity Letters Earned by Grade

Volleyball 9, 10, 11, 12

Basketball 9, 10, 11, 12

Softball 9, 10, 11

Team WIAA Success

Volleyball Regional Champion 10, 11

Basketball Regional Champion 10

Softball Conference Champion 9

Softball Regional Champion 9, 10, 11

Softball Sectional Champion 9

Times Named to All-Conference First Team

Volleyball – 2

Basketball – 3

Softball – 1

Times Named to Varsity Sport MVP

Volleyball – 1

Basketball – 2

Softball – 1

Years Involved in Co-Curricular Activities

Student Council – 4

FBLA – 3 (Vice President)

National Honor Society – 2

Super Mentor – 1

Civic & Community Activities

Youth Rotar; Heritage Manor FBLA; Forrest Run FBLA; Soles4Souls; Meals On Wheels; St. Joseph's Church Youth Leader; Feed My Starving Children; Youth Basketball Volunteer; Coaches Vs. Cancer

Essay

Participating in high school athletics has taught me many life lessons that cannot be taught inside a classroom. High school sports have shown me the value of teamwork. Each season new people are required to come together as separate individuals, all with unique qualities, to apply their strengths to accomplish a common goal. Sports have taught me the importance of hard work and dedication. If you want to be successful in sports, school or life, you have to put in the time needed to become successful. It requires a lot of sacrifice but it is essential to be able to manage your time in order to find a healthy balance between school, sports, family and friends. Sports have instilled in me a competitive attitude, yet at the same time, it has taught me how to handle defeat graciously. High school athletics has developed me as a leader by both example and words. It has taught me how to deal with adversity and has encouraged me to be confident in who I am and what I have to offer. As an athlete, I have created many relationships throughout the school and community, but most importantly I have met some of my best friends. Being involved in sports will have an impact on the rest of my life as I apply the lessons I have learned in my future. Being a part of high school sports has been very special to me. The memories created will last a lifetime.

 

Liz Bloy, Freedom – 3.81 GPA

Varsity Letters Earned by Grade

Cross Country 9, 10, 11, 12

Basketball 10, 11

Track & Field 9, 10, 11

Individual Sports Achievement

Cross Country Conference Champion 12

Cross Country Sectional Champion 12

Track & Field Conference Champion 9, 10, 11

Track & Field Regional Champion 9, 10, 11

Track & Field Sectional Champion 9, 10, 11

Team WIAA Success

Cross Country Conference Champion 9, 10, 11, 12

Cross Country Sectional Champion 9, 11, 12

Basketball Conference Champion 10, 11

Basketball Regional Champion 10

Times Named to All-Conference First Team

Cross Country – 4

Times Named to Varsity Sport MVP

Cross Country - 3

Track & Field - 3

Years Involved in Co-Curricular Activities

National Honor Society – 2 (Historian)

Academic Decathlon – 1

Spanish Club – 4

Irish News (School Newspaper) – 2 (Editor)

Math Tutor – 1

Choir – 1

Badger State Girl Representative – 1

Special Olympics Polar Plunge – 4 (Team Captain)

Catholic Heart Work – 3

Civic & Community Activities

Lector/Choir at St. Nicholas Church (2012-2013) 7th Grade Faith Formation Teacher at St. Nicholas (2012-2013) Bell Ringing for the Salvation Army (2011-2013) Adopt-A-Highway (2011-2013) Trick-or-Treating for Cans for Freedom Food Pantry (2011-2012) Housing Partnership (2011-2013) Freedom Athletics Youth Soccer Coach (2009-2012) Youth Basketball Camp Volunteer (2009-2012) Warrior Princess Mud Run for Harbor House Volunteer (2012) My TEAM Triumph Angel (2011-2013) St. Paul Home Volunteer (2012) Children's Hospital Blanket and T-shirt Donation (2012-2013) Polar Plunge for Special Olympics (2009-2013)

Essay

High school athletics were a pivotal part in my development as a young woman. Partaking in athletics offered me priceless life lessons and instilled in me great character for the future. As captain of my track and cross-country teams, I held the responsibility of being a leader by action and example. When my peers constantly observed me, it added pressure and urged me to do my best at all times. Learning to lead and instilling it in my character, allowed me to apply it to more aspects of my life other than athletics. I learned to set goals and settle for nothing less than my best. I aspired to be on the podium at the WIAA state championships in cross-country, so I worked and trained relentlessly until I achieved my goal. I strived for excellence because that is what I expected from my team. I set high goals for myself and for my team. In season and out of season, I stayed focused on my dreams until I reached them. High school athletics let me build relationships with influential and credible coaches, too. My coaches greatly impinged on my goals and attitude. From them, I acquired endurance, determination, and the ability to meet high expectations. I learned that hard work really causes you to reap its awards. In all, partaking in high school athletics was a learning and constructive experience. It shaped my life significantly and it molded me into a more impactful person for the future.

 

Kristen Linzmeier, Chilton – 3.92 GPA

Varsity Letters Earned by Grade

Cross Country 9, 10, 11, 12

Track & Field 9, 10, 11

Individual Sports Achievement

Cross Country Conference Champion – 9, 10, 11, 12

Cross Country Sectional Champion – 10, 11, 12

Track & Field Conference Champion – 9, 10, 11

Track & Field Regional Champion – 9, 10, 11

Track & Field Sectional Champion – 10

Team WIAA Success

Cross Country Conference Champion 9, 10, 11, 12

Cross Country Sectional Champion 10

Times Named to All-Conference First Team

Cross Country – 4

Times Named to Varsity Sport MVP

Cross Country – 4

Track & Field – 3

Years Involved in Co-Curricular Activities

Tech Club – 1

TNT – 2

Ski Club – 1

Yearbook Club – 3 (Junior Class Officer)

Forensics – 2

AFS – 1

Civic & Community Activities

Stockbridge Fall Festival-2; Sherwood Church Picnic-2; Darboy Church Picnic; Bell-ringing-3; Fall Clean-up; Tutoring middle school students; Helping out at middle school and high school library; Men's Brunch in Sherwood; Singing in church choir-2; Assisting in teaching children at church-2

Essay

Athletic participation has impacted my future greatly. It has helped me to never give up on my dreams and to always strive to be the best I can be. In middle school I wasn’t the best athlete in the world, but that is when I learned to love the sports of Cross Country and Track. My first race in high school was very much a success. I didn’t think I’d ever make it on varsity but then the first race came, and I didn’t let that chance slip out of my reach. I ended up finishing first for my team for the first time in my life. Since my freshman year I haven’t taken anything for granted. I wanted to succeed in something and to prove to people that what seems impossible just may be possible. My freshman year I was honored to compete at the State level where I finished 14th, and in track our 4X800 relay finished 4th and I got 10th in the two mile. My dream came true my sophomore year when I made it on the podium for the first time by myself and I was awarded with First Team All-State honors. Cross country and track have made such an impact on me these last 6 years that I don’t know what I’d do without it, and that is why I plan to continue running throughout college and the rest of my life.

 

Division 3 - Girls

 

Andrea Ostenso, Ladysmith – 4.00 GPA

Varsity Letters Earned by Grade

Swimming & Diving 9

Cross Country 10, 11, 12

Basketball 9

Track & Field 9, 10, 11

Individual Sports Achievement

Cross Country Conference Champion 10, 11, 12

Cross Country Sectional Champion 10, 11, 12

Cross Country State Champion 12

Track & Field Conference Champion 9, 10, 11

Track & Field Regional Champion 9, 10, 11

Track & Field Sectional Champion 9, 10, 11

Track & Field State Champion 10, 11

Times Named to All-Conference First Team

Cross Country – 3

Times Named to Varsity Sport MVP

Cross Country – 3

Track & Field – 3

Years Involved in Co-Curricular Activities

Student Council – 4 (President, Vice President)

Better Environment – 4

Fellowship of Christ – 4

Health Occupation – 3

Math Club – 3

Cross Country Ski Club – 3

Forensics – 3

National Honor Society – 3

Concert & Pep Bands – 2

Civic & Community Activities

Red Cross Blood Drive Volunteer, Vacation Bible School, Environmental Day, MANNA Meal, Environmental Challenge, Reader at Church, Honor the Fallen, Concession Stand, Pancake Feed

Essay

Through athletics I have come to see that truly anything is possible. If you put your whole heart into something and work your hardest towards a specific goal, I believe the things you can accomplish are endless. Running cross-country and track has given me the opportunity to see that your successes are a reflection of all the dedication and work ethic you put towards your dreams. I am thankful for the chance to be in athletics, because now I realize that I can succeed in being the kind of person I strive to be. I will use the dedication I have gained from sports to make a difference in this world. My goal is to be either an environmental scientist or an environmental engineer and I am now confident in my ability to make a positive impact for the benefit of society.

 

Kira Dittman, Edgar – 4.00 GPA

Varsity Letters Earned by Grade

Cross Country 9, 10, 11, 12

Basketball 10, 11, 12

Track & Field 9, 10, 11

Individual Sports Achievements

Track & Field Conference Champion 9, 10, 11

Track & Field Regional Champion 9, 10, 11

Track & Field Sectional Champion 9, 10, 11

Track & Field State Champion 9, 10, 11

Team WIAA Success

Cross Country Conference Champion 9, 10, 11, 12

Cross Country Sectional Champion 9, 10, 11

Cross Country State Champion 9

Basketball Regional Champion 10, 11

Times Named to All-Conference First Team

Cross Country – 3

Times Named to Varsity Sport MVP

Track & Field – 1

Years Involved in Co-Curricular Activities

Student Council – 3 (Vice President)

Show Choir – 4 (Captain)

Spanish Club – 1 (Treasurer)

National Honor Society – 2

Forensics – 2

Marching Band – 4

Letter Club – 4

Class Officer – 1 (President)

National Anthem Group – 4

Civic & Community Activities

Member of Wien Wildcats 4-H Club Community Service Activities -- Worked at June Dairy Breakfast -- Christmas Caroling at nursing homes -- Veteran's Day singing at nursing homes -- Worked at Veteran's dinner -- Ringing bells for Salvation Army -- Worked at booth at Wisconsin Valley Fair -- Shopping for Women's Community giving tree -- Did holiday parade face painting -- Worked clock and score book for youth basketball tournaments

Essay

My experiences in athletics have been of immense value to me in my development as a person. The first thing my participation in athletics taught me is the importance of setting goals. Goals are absolutely essential for success because they establish something to look to and a way to measure progress. Without goals, practice and other types of work seem pointless. Of course, a lot of hard work is needed to achieve goals and make dreams come true. A great work ethic does more for an athlete than any amount of talent ever could. This same principle is applicable to all areas of life. Finally, sports have given me the opportunity to step up and be a leader. I have realized that a team victory is much more rewarding than an individual one. By being a good role model and honest critic, I have helped my teammates reach their full potentials. I apply these leadership skills to my other roles as student, worker, musician, and friend. I know that I will forever cherish the memories I made in high school sports, and I will never forget the lessons I learned about commitment, confidence, and positivity. I firmly believe that I will be more successful in the future because of my athletic participation. I will continue to set goals in all areas of my life, work hard to achieve them, and lead others toward their goals so that they too can experience the joy of hard work paying off.

 

Allyson Daines, Westby – 4.00 GPA

Varsity Letters Earned by Grade

Cross County 9, 10, 11, 12

Basketball 9, 10, 11, 12

Track & Field 9, 10, 11

Individual Sports Achievement

Cross Country Conference Champion 9, 12

Cross Country Sectional Champion 12

Track & Field Conference Champion 9, 11

Track & Field Regional Champion 9, 11

Team WIAA Success

Cross Country Conference Champion 9

Cross Country Sectional Champion 9, 12

Basketball Conference Champion 10, 11

Basketball Regional Champion 10, 11

Basketball Sectional Champion 10

Times Named to All-Conference First Team

Cross Country – 3

Times Named to Varsity Sport MVP

Cross Country – 3

Track & Field – 2

Years Involved in Co-Curricular Activities

National Honor Society – 3

Student Council – 4 (Vice President)

FCA – 4 (Co-Captain)

Band – 4 (Band Council Member)

Twirling – 3 (Captain)

Green Club – 1

W-Club – 4

Civic & Community Activities

New Orleans mission trip with Coon Prairie Lutheran Church, volunteered at Bethel Buttik and local Nursing Homes, Organized Pennies for Patients Fundraiser, Blood Drive volunteer worker, Highway Cleanup, Vacation Bible School Counselor

Essay

Athletic participation has left a remarkably extensive impact on the development of the individual I have become today. I have discovered through athletics that the possibilities I can achieve as an individual are endless. I learned an overwhelming amount about life in general through my participation in athletics. After suffering from a major injury throughout my sophomore year, which nearly ended my athletic career forever, I inevitably learned the true power of determination. I was told by doctors that I needed to have a hip osteotomy, which would require me to be in a body cast for twelve months; they also told me I would never be able to run again. I was devastated, but with major determination I was able to defeat the diagnosis I was given. I know athletics will have a strong impact on my future as I have chosen to major in Kinesiology: Diet and Exercise at Iowa State University, where I also plan to run both Cross Country and Track. The life lessons I learned throughout sports in high school will continue to leave an impact on my life and future at the collegiate level. With my future occupation in Kinesiology, there will never be a point in my life when I am not surrounded with athletics, and I would never have it any other way. My participation in athletics has completely changed my life forever and I would have never developed into the individual I have grown to become today without being an athlete.

 

Tori Winters, Flambeau – 3.83 GPA

Varsity Letters Earned by Grade

Cross Country 9, 10, 11, 12

Wrestling 10, 12

Track & Field 9, 10, 11

Individual Sports Achievement

Cross Country Conference Champion 11, 12

Wrestling Regional Champion 10

Track & Field Conference Champion 9, 10, 11

Track & Field Regional Champion 9, 10, 11

Team WIAA Success

Cross Country Conference Champion 11

Cross Country Sectional Champion 9, 10

Wrestling Conference Champion 10, 12

Times Named to All-Conference First Team

Cross Country – 4

Times Named to Varsity Sport MVP

Cross Country – 4

Track & Field – 3

Years Involved in Co-Curricular Activities

Student Council – 4 (Vice President)

National Honor Society – 3 (President)

History Club – 3

Mentoring – 2

Civic & Community Activities

Vacation Bible School; Environmental Day; Youth Wrestling Tournament worker.

Essay

My participation in athletics has greatly defined how I have developed into the young woman that I am today. Being an athlete has taught me so many things that have built my character. The number one thing I have gained from athletics is discipline, both from my coaches and myself. I have learned to take action and work my hardest no matter how hard it is to get myself going. I have also learned how to take the discipline my coaches give me. Another developmental skill I have acquired is leadership. My teammates look up to me, as someone whom they know will lead them through the good times and the bad. They know they can always rely on me for guidance and advice. The final, and very important lesson that being apart of sports has taught me is that you must work hard for good things to happen. Gold medals are not just handed to you they must be earned. Hours and hours of hard work contribute to success, and this is one thing that I have experienced in my sports career. These are just a few major skills I have acquired from being an athlete. They have all carried over to every part of my life and have developed me into a successful young woman. I will have a bright future because of what sports have taught me. I will work hard at my job and every aspect of my life, just like I did in athletics.

 

Division 4 - Girls

 

Aleyna Goerlitz, Owen-Withee – 4.00 GPA

Varsity Letters Earned by Grade

Volleyball 9, 10, 11, 12

Basketball 9, 10, 11, 12

Track & Field 9, 10, 11

Individual Sports Achievement

Track & Field Conference Champion 9, 11

Track & Field Regional Champion 9, 11

Track & Field Sectional Champion 9

Team WIAA Success

Volleyball Conference Champion 10, 11

Volleyball Regional Champion 11, 12

Volleyball Sectional Champion 11

Basketball Regional Champion 9, 10, 11, 12

Basketball Sectional Champion 11

Times Named to All-Conference First Team

Volleyball – 3

Basketball – 1

Times Named to Varsity Sport MVP

Volleyball – 2

Basketball – 2

Track & Field – 2

Years Involved in Co-Curricular Activities

Band – 4

Choir – 4

National Honor Society – 3

Drama – 4

Student Council – 2

Class Officer – 1 (Vice President)

School Youth Mentor – 2

O-W Club – 4

FFA – 2

Essay

Ever since I was young, I've pretty much lived and breathed sports. Consequently, athletics have initiated many ups and downs in my life. It is through the extremes of these initiated emotions and outcomes that I have developed into who I am today. To explicate, the tearing of my ACL was personally devastating, mostly because I had to miss one-and-a-half sports seasons. However, while it temporarily seemed like the end of my world, the rest of the world didn't even slow down. I realized that if I was to compete successfully again, it wasn't going to be by the pity or sympathy of others; I had to push myself through. More than anything else, this injury and the following road to recovery, taught me the value of dedication and perseverance, and how to thrive despite the trials and tribulations of life. On the opposite end of the spectrum, athletics have allowed me much success. Such triumphs have enabled me to see the importance of confidence, trust, having the right mind-set, and maintaining a cooperative balance between leadership and "fellowship." All are needed if an individual, an athletic team, or any operation, is to run smoothly and successfully. A final, but equally important, lesson I have taken away from sports is the value of having priorities, and managing my time accordingly. Being an athlete is obviously time-consuming and can get very stressful. However, with proper administration, life can remain relaxed and enjoyable when emphasis is placed where emphasis is due.

 

Hailey Koch, Fall River – 4.00 GPA

Varsity Letters Earned by Grade

Volleyball 9, 10, 11, 12

Basketball 9, 10, 11, 12

Track & Field 9, 10, 11

Individual Sports Achievement

Track & Field Conference Champion 10, 11

Team WIAA Success

Basketball Conference Champion 10, 12

Basketball Regional Champion 12

Times Named to All-Conference First Team

Volleyball – 1

Basketball – 4

Times Named to Varsity Sport MVP

Volleyball – 3

Basketball – 4

Track & Field – 3

Years Involved in Co-Curricular Activities

Student Council – 4 (President, Secretary)

National Honor Society – 3 (President)

International Club – 4

Youth Against Drugs – 4

Yearbook – 3

Future Business Leader – 4

Musical – 1

Rube Goldberg Physic – 1

Knowledge Master Operation – 4

Civic & Community Activities

Member of St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, Volunteer American Red Cross Blood Drives, Volunteer Salvation Army Bell Ringing, Volunteer Chamber of Commerce Haunted House.

Essay

Participation in athletics has played a large part of making me who I am today. Not only has it given me the opportunity to be involved, but it has taught me many lifelong lessons, that will carry me through into the future. The lifelong skills that I have learned are invaluable. As a team captain and leader, I have taken players under my wing. The teamwork in athletics will be very similar to teamwork in a job setting. I have learned about the importance of roles, and each contributor to a team. Communication skills have been extremely important. Whether I am on the court or dealing with coaches and other players, I have learned to be honest and advocate for what I think is best for all involved. I have had the responsibility to attend all practices, ready to participate. Time management has been crucial. I have prioritized my grades, as well as my family while maintaining a high level of commitment. I have learned to be prepared for a game or meet, with a positive attitude, and most importantly, I have developed an outstanding work ethic. I have driven myself to put in the extra effort in and out of season, to make myself and my team achieve at the highest level possible. These lifelong skills are second to none. I know that they will carry me through college, and well into the working world. Athletics have been an integral part of who I am today.

 

Brianna Jankowski, Newman Catholic – 3.88 GPA

Varsity Letters Earned by Grade

Volleyball 9, 10, 11, 12

Basketball 10, 11 12

Softball 9, 10, 11

Team WIAA Success

Volleyball Regional Champion 9, 11, 12

Volleyball Sectional Champion 9, 11, 12

Basketball Conference Champion 9, 10, 11

Basketball Regional Champion 9, 10, 11, 12

Basketball Sectional Champion 9, 10, 11, 12

Basketball State Champion 9, 10

Softball Conference Champion 11

Times Named to All-Conference First Team

Softball – 3

Times Named to Varsity Sport MVP

Softball – 3

Years Involved in Co-Curricular Activities

National Honor Society – 2 (Secretary)

Student Ambassador – 3

Key Club – 1

Civic & Community Activities

Volunteer at St. Matthew Soup Suppers; Volunteer for preparing funeral meals at St. Michael Parish; Jubilee House Bowl for Kid's Sake; Babe Ruth Volunteer Softball Coach-Six year olds; Youth Camp Volunteer

Essay

Athletic participation has contributed to my development and has really made an impact on my life throughout the years. I know what it's like to lead a team toward a goal. I am a 4-year, sport athlete at Newman High School, where I have been a member of conference, regional, sectional, and even state championship volleyball, basketball, and softball teams nearly every year. Additionally, I have played in the State Championship six times so far. I don't mention this to brag about success, I mention it because I know the hard work, dedication, and focus it takes to be at the top of my game. I am the team captain during my senior year for our volleyball, basketball and softball teams. Our Wausau Fastpitch Softball team participated in the Babe Ruth World Series in Colorado the summer of 2011. I pitched all nine games and we came home with the 2nd place trophy. It takes significant dedication and leadership to rally a team to play at a national championship level. Making sure that everyone has the mental confidence to perform at a level they are capable of during the game. It's critical that the leader must lead by example and not falter. These experiences have taught me how to perform at the highest level. The mental and physical capacity to never give up and know that every game can be won by the team with the right mindset is something I will apply in my future.

 

Sophie Olson, Washburn – 3.61 GPA

Varsity Letters Earned by Grade

Volleyball 10, 11, 12

Basketball 10, 11, 12

Track & Field 9, 10

Soccer 11

Individual Sports Achievement

Track & Field Conference Champion 9, 10

Track & Field Regional Champion 9, 10

Track & Field Sectional Champion 9, 10

Team WIAA Success

Volleyball Conference Champion 10, 11

Volleyball Regional Champion 10, 11

Basketball Conference Champion 10, 11

Basketball Regional Champion 11

Times Named to All-Conference First Team

Basketball – 1

Years Involved in Co-Curricular Activities

National Honor Society – 2 (Vice President)

Yearbook – 4

AFS Club – 3

Ecology Club – 1

American Red Cross – 4

FCCLA – 2

Civic & Community Activities

In my community I have participated in multiple activities; trick-or-treating for can goods, volunteering at a children's carnival, participating in three ice cream socials at my local nursing home, assist coach for youth basketball players, volunteering my time to helping shovel and mow for elders who are within the Faith in Action program, and being a bell ringer for Salvation Army around Christmas time.

Essay

“I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it”- Thomas Jefferson. I was taught at a young age that I could do anything I put my time and heart into; I chose sports. Growing up in a small town has given me many opportunities to participate in multiple sports during my school career. Through my athletic participation I've gained a perspective of who I can be. Sports have shown me the importance of hard work; not just in practice. Hard work is easier when I take each situation one step at a time. That way, what seems insurmountable can be broken down into smaller parts that are easier to handle. It's worked for me at school, where classes and homework aren't as easy as they are for others, but I put in the time it takes to get the grades I want. It has worked for me in relationships, where I've struggled with bullying and other drama, but I have tried to take the steps I need to take to make the situations better. Also, athletics have helped me outside of school, where I've taken jobs and put in the hours to earn money for things that I couldn't otherwise have. When I accomplish what I want, I know its because I did everything I could to make it happen. I plan to use these lessons I've learned from sports and put them to use throughout my life.


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