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STEVENS POINT, Wis. — Sixteen senior girls and 17 senior boys have been selected for the prestigious 2018 WIAA Scholar Athlete Award underwritten by Marshfield Clinic.  

To determine the 33 award recipients, four boys and four girls were selected–based on both athletic and academic achievement–from each of four WIAA divisions. There have been 1,052 individuals that have been recognized as WIAA Scholar Athletes since the program began in 1984.

“These extraordinary student athletes excel in both academics and athletics,” said Tom Shafranski, Assistant Director of the WIAA. “Seventeen of this year’s 33 WIAA Scholar Athlete finalists have a grade point average of 4.0 to date, while the average GPA is an amazing 3.93. 

“All 32 scholar athlete finalists have already earned a total of 299 varsity letters during their first 3-1/2 years of high school,” he continued.  “That’s an average of nine letters per athlete, and we have not yet completed our spring sports season.”

2018 Girls Scholar Athlete Bios

2018 Boys Scholar Athlete Bios

The 2018 WIAA Scholar Athlete Award recipients, 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. A live webcast of the awards ceremony will be available at during and after the ceremony beginning at 1 p.m. The awards program will also be aired on FS Wisconsin Sunday, May 13 at noon.

Each 2018 WIAA Scholar Athlete Finalist will receive a medallion, certificate and commemorative plaque for display in their school’s trophy case. Keynote speaker will be former Green Bay Packer and Wisconsin Badger, Jared Abbrederis, who was also a WIAA Scholar Athlete Award winner in 2009.
This year, 881 seniors were nominated for the 2018 WIAA Scholar Athlete Award by 455 high schools throughout the state. Of the 455 high schools submitting nominations this year, three schools had a WIAA Scholar Athlete Award winner for the first time in the 35-year history of the WIAA Scholar Athlete program.

All student athletes 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.
2018 WIAA Scholar Athlete Award Recipients

Max Alba, Franklin High School
Ansel Fellman, Kenosha Bradford High School
Jordan Janusiak, South Milwaukee High School
Blake Kretovics, New Richmond High School
Kari Brekke, Appleton North High School
Samantha Krueger, River Falls High School
Alexis Romero, Brookfield Central High School
Anna Wilgren, Hudson High School
Max Barreau, Lodi High School
Dakota Brockman, Freedom High School
Brett Carlson, Osceola High School
Kavanaugh FitzPatrick, Lakeland Union High School
Donny Pooler, Northwestern High School  

Skye Digman, Platteville High School
Rachel Halberg, Hayward High School
Caitlin Link, Edgewood High School
Jenna Mace, Wisconsin Dells High School
Calvin Rosen, Clear Lake High School
Dawson Sarauer, St. Mary’s Springs High School*
Miles Saylor, Necedah High School
Max Villnow, Amherst High School
Erika Kisting, Iola-Scandinavia High School
Elise Large, Ozaukee High School
Allyson Nelson, Brookwood High School
Anika Washburn, Brookfield Academy
David Burgess, Northland Lutheran High School*
Tanner Deist, Wild Rose High School
Luke Reader, Bangor High School
Elijah Ribbe, Three Lakes High School
McKenzie Baeseman, Royall High School
Emma Lawrence, Benton High School
Brianna Leahy, Shullsburg High School*
Carly Vandenhouten, Lourdes Academy
*indicates that the student is that school’s first award winner.
The membership of the WIAA oversees interscholastic athletic programs for 512 senior high schools and 43 junior high/middle level schools in its membership. It sponsors 27 championship tournament series in 2017-18. For more information, visit the WIAA website at or contact the WIAA office at (715) 344-8580. 

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