2018 Scholar Athletes - Boys

2018 Scholar Athletes - Boys

Division 1


Ansel Fellman, Kenosha Bradford High School – 4.0 GPA

Varsity Letters Earned by Grade

Cross Country – 9, 10, 11, 12

Swimming/Diving – 11

Track & Field – 9, 10, 11

Individual Sports Achievement

Cross Country – Conference Champion – 11, 12

Track & Field – Conference Champion – 11

Track & Field – Regional Champion – 10, 11

Team WIAA Success

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

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 – 2

Years Involved in Co-Curricular Activities

Student Government – 3 (President)

National Honor Society – 2

College Choice

University of Wisconsin-Madison - Chemical Engineering


Essay

Athletically, the greatest lesson I learned is that the amount of success one has is directly proportional to the amount of discipline and effort that is dedicated to an endeavor. I am a runner, and the start of the cross-country season coincides with the start of school, so as soon as high school started my freshman year, so did the transformation of my character. Running taught me a sense of discipline: going out for a run every day and then racing once a week is very taxing, and the only way to succeed is to keep working. The discipline I have learned through athletics has paid off in the form of great results while competing. My biggest takeaway from my high school academics is that I should never give up. I made it a goal of mine to earn a 4.0 GPA in high school. My sophomore year, I enrolled in AP Physics and learned that, if I did not prioritize my time, I would receive a B, thus destroying my hopes for a 4.0. After receiving some test grades early in the year that were unsatisfying, I labored intensely and in the end, I received an A. I used this experience to set the standard for how I would work in all my classes, never giving up and always pressing forward for the best possible results. After hours of studying and hard work, I will have managed to graduate this spring as Bradford's co-Valedictorian.


Jordan Janusiak, South Milwaukee High School – 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

Cross Country – Sectional Champion – 10, 11, 12

Track & Field – Conference Champion – 10, 11

Track & Field – Regional Champion – 11

Team WIAA Success

Cross Country – Conference Champion – 11

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 Senate – 4 (Co-President)

National Honor Society – 1

Spanish Honor Society – 3

Civic & Community Activities

Sunday School Teacher – 4

College Choice

University of Wisconsin-Madison

College Choice

Marquette University - Biomedical Sciences/Pre-Dental


Essay

After nearly four years of juggling athletics and academics at the high school level, I can confidently move into the next phase of my life knowing I have developed many skills that will contribute to my future success. The bonds formed with my teammates combined with the time management skills I have developed balancing school and sports have led me to value teamwork, perseverance, and consistency above all else. Through teamwork, I have been able not only to achieve feats that were practically unheard of in our program’s history, but also to recover from devastating disappointment. By holding each other accountable and working together towards a common goal, my teammates and I have experienced firsthand the unbridled strength that comes from working with others. In a similar way, the combination of triumphs and downfalls throughout my high school career has instilled in me a strong belief in the power of perseverance and consistency. The stability and accountability that comes from having a daily schedule can be directly correlated to the successes I have achieved throughout high school. Without taking time to train and study every day, I never would have received all-state accolades or achieved a high level of academic excellence. Feelings of nostalgia are encompassing the memories I have made over the past four years as a student athlete, but the lessons and values I have gained remain clear: It is through teamwork, perseverance, and consistency that a person may achieve the greatness they possess within themselves.


Blake Kretovics, New Richmond High School – 3.73 GPA

Varsity Letters Earned by Grade

Football – 10, 11, 12

Hockey – 9, 10, 11, 12

Baseball – 9, 10, 11

Team WIAA Success

Football – Regional Champion – 10, 12

Hockey – Conference Champion – 9, 10, 11, 12

Hockey – Regional Champion – 9, 10, 11, 12

Baseball – Conference Champion – 10, 11

Times Named to All-Conference First Team

Football – 3

Hockey – 1

Baseball – 1

Times Named to Varsity Sport MVP

Football Offense – 1

Baseball – 1

Years Involved in Co-Curricular Activities

STS Mentor – 2

SPARK Tutor – 2

Key Club – 1

Civic & Community Activities

Youth Baseball Camps

Youth Football Camps

Church volunteer

College Choice

Winona State University - Exercise Science


Essay

The greatest lessons I have learned in my high school academic and athletic career are to always put forth my best effort and keep a positive attitude. Whether it's on the field or in the classroom, putting forth my best effort is the standard. You can never know when opportunity will present itself, so working as hard as I can will ensure that I take full advantage of that opportunity. Failure is inevitable, so being able to control my emotions and handle that failure will allow me to learn from it. These lessons I learned in academics and athletics will help me in the next chapter of my life and beyond.


Max Alba, Franklin High School – 3.68 GPA

Varsity Letters Earned by Grade

Football – 10, 11, 12

Basketball – 9, 10, 11, 12

Team WIAA Success

Football – Conference Champion – 9, 10, 11

Football – Regional Champion – 9, 10, 11, 12

Football – Sectional Champion - 11

Basketball – Conference Champion – 12

Basketball – Regional Champion – 12

Times Named to All-Conference First Team

Football - 2

Basketball – 3

Times Named to Varsity Sport MVP

Football Offense - 2

Basketball – 2

Years Involved in Co-Curricular Activities

National Honor Society –3

Captain – Football – 2

Captain – Basketball – 1

Civic & Community Activities

YOST – Young and Old Sticking Together – 1

College Choice

University of North Carolina - Business


Essay

More than anything it has taught me that in order to be successful and achieve your dreams/goals, you need to make sacrifices others are not willing to make. I quote my football coach Louis Brown who said "you need to be willing to do what others won't so you can have what others don't." This quote opened my eyes and allowed me to realize that if I wanted to make a difference in the sports I play I need to give up some things so I can work on getting better. This applies in the classroom as well, if you want that 4.0 GPA you will need to sacrifice other things so you can study. These lessons I have learned will help me in all aspects of my life moving forward.


Division 2


Max Barreau, Lodi High School – 4.0 GPA

Varsity Letters Earned by Grade

Football – 10, 11, 12

Wrestling – 9, 10, 11, 12

Baseball – 11

Individual Sports Achievement

Wrestling – Conference Champion – 10, 11, 12

Wrestling – Regional Champion – 10, 11, 12

Team WIAA Success

Football – Conference Champion – 10, 12

Football – Regional Champion – 10, 12

Football – Sectional Champion - 10, 12

Football – State Champion - 12

Wrestling – Conference Champion – 9, 10, 11, 12

Wrestling– Regional Champion – 9, 10, 11, 12

Wrestling– Sectional Champion - 11

Times Named to All-Conference First Team

Football – 2

Baseball – 1

Times Named to Varsity Sport MVP

Football Defense – 1

Years Involved in Co-Curricular Activities

Link Crew – 1

Stage Crew – 2

Civic & Community Activities

Youth Football camp coach – 4

Youth Wrestling volunteer – 1

Ag Fair Clean-Up/Ticket Sales – 4

Brew-B-Cue Set Up/Clean Up – 4

Community park benches put away – 4

Light Parade – 1

Susie the Duck – 1

Harmony Grove Festival SetUp/TearDown/Concession – 4

Nursing Home Visits – 1

College Choice

University of Wisconsin-Madison - Electrical/Computer Engineering


Essay

By far the most valuable lesson I have learned while in high school academics and athletics, was taught to me by my head wrestling coach. He told me, “Burn the ships.” This means, don’t give yourself excuses to fall back on, either succeed or die trying. Obviously, it doesn’t mean to die, but the message is still the same. It refers to Hernán Cortés going to the New World to conquer land for his country, and even though he was outnumbered, he burned his ships so none of his soldiers could flee. They had nothing to fall back on. They had to succeed or die trying. While I obviously don’t agree with the tactics he used and what he did to some of the Native Americans, our coach wanted us to have the same attitude when it came to other aspects of our lives. The phrase “burn the ships” became common throughout the wrestling season, and it definitely helped me work hard and take 4th in the state tournament. I know that this lesson will help me later on in life, because a career is similar to a sport. You have to work hard in order to be successful, you have to be punctual, you have to get along with teammates, and, most importantly, you have to like what you do. You have to burn the ships both in college and your career. If you don’t have excuse after excuse to fall back on, you’ll better be able to succeed.


Brett Carlson, Osceola High School – 4.0 GPA

Varsity Letters Earned by Grade

Football – 9, 10, 11, 12

Wrestling – 9, 10, 11, 12

Baseball – 9, 10, 11

Team WIAA Success

Football – Conference Champion – 10, 11, 12

Football – Regional Champion – 10

Football – Sectional Champion - 10

Football – State Champion - 10

Wrestling – Regional Champion – 11

Times Named to All-Conference First Team

Football – 2

Baseball – 1

Times Named to Varsity Sport MVP

Football Offense – 2

Football Defense – 1

Baseball – 1

Years Involved in Co-Curricular Activities

Fellowship of Christ – 3 (President)

Student Council – 2

Kinship Mentoring program – 2

Middle School Mentor – 2

Peer Tutoring – 3

Ice Fishing Club – 2

Future Farmers of America – 2

National Honor Society - 3

Civic & Community Activities

Feed my Starving Children

Church Mission Trips to Pennsylvania & South Dakota

Church Youth Group

Sno-Goers Trail Signing

Youth Football Coach – Third and Fourth Graders

College Choice

Bethel University - Business Management


Essay

My high school experience has been invaluable to me as I have moved through my teenage years and will continue to influence me through college and into my professional career. Both in athletics and in the classroom, ideas such as teamwork, goal setting, time management, and perseverance are essential. Through my experiences as a student athlete, I have had the opportunity to work on these skills and many more. Through athletics, I am challenged to push myself physically and mentally for the greater good of the team. The same goes for the classroom; I continually look to improve myself and those around me by asking difficult questions, pushing myself and my classmates, and putting the time and perseverance in to taking ownership of my education. The leadership and teamwork skills I have acquired through athletics will continue to benefit me through college and beyond. Also, the essence of competition has taught me how to demonstrate dignity and integrity in both winning and losing. I believe high school academics and athletics have laid a paramount foundation for my future success as a peer, leader, and future professional. As a student athlete, I have been given an opportunity to have a substantial influence on others. With that being said, I consider every day as an opportunity to make a positive impact on someone else, as well as being a great role model in my community- especially for younger kids who dream of being on the field in my shoes one day.


Kavanaugh FitzPatrick, Lakeland Union High School – 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 – 11, 12

Cross Country – Sectional Champion – 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, 11

Track & Field – State Champion – 9, 11

Team WIAA Success

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

Cross Country – Sectional Champion – 9, 10, 11

Cross Country – State Champion - 11

Times Named to All-Conference First Team

Cross Country - 2

Times Named to Varsity Sport MVP

Cross Country – 2

Track & Field – 1

Years Involved in Co-Curricular Activities

Model UN – 4 (Secretary General)

Science Olympiad – 4

Math Team – 4

National Honor Society – 2

Civic & Community Activities

Boy Scouts of America – Star Achievement

College Choice

University of Wisconsin-Madison - Political Science


Essay

My values and morals have been shaped through experience, and no such experience in my life thus far can equate to my four years of high school. From the formation of lasting friendships to the foundation of lasting memories, this experience taught me to be thankful for the people and opportunities I have. Great coaches, teachers and friends have helped me throughout my journey, and I learned that sometimes it’s necessary to accept help from others, as the team is always greater than the individual. Athletics pushed me to challenge myself physically and that motivation carried over into the classroom. Workouts on frigid, rainy days felt pointless and lonesome at times, yet the breadth of each day’s importance couldn’t be summated until the season as a whole had elapsed. Just the same, some daily assignments seemed like busywork, but from these hardships I developed patience. I learned to not rush through workouts and to spend quality time on assignments because the hidden value in each took time to make its presence felt. Patience will continue to help me see the hidden values in hardships, as I know the end result will be worth the struggle. Countless other memories and lessons shall never be forgotten from my high school experience. Athletics have shaped me into the person I am today and have helped me achieve my academic goals. Through initial failures that have led to future successes, high school has provided me with the teachings necessary to live a successful life.


Dakota Brockman, Freedom High School – 3.91 GPA

Varsity Letters Earned by Grade

Football – 10, 11, 12

Wrestling – 11, 12

Baseball – 10, 11

Individual Sports Achievement

Wrestling – Conference Champion –12

Wrestling– Regional Champion –12

Wrestling– Sectional Champion - 12

Team WIAA Success

Football – Conference Champion – 10

Football – Regional Champion – 10, 12

Wrestling – Regional Champion – 12

Times Named to All-Conference First Team

Football – 1

Years Involved in Co-Curricular Activities

National Honor Society – 2

Spanish Club – 4

Team Leadership – 1

School Newspaper – 1

Civic & Community Activities

Coach – Flag football; baseball; wrestling

Umpire – baseball

Referee – wrestling; flag football

Raking Leaves

Fundraiser volunteer – cancer research, housing partnership, church picnic

College Choice

University of Wisconsin-Madison - Chemistry/Pharmacy


Essay

My academic and athletic experiences have taught me the typical lessons of how to work hard, time management, how to work as a team/be a good teammate, and leadership. I would have to say the greatest life lesson these two things have taught me is how to rebound after defeat or disappointment. It happens all the time where I don't do as well as I like on a test, or I have a bad match/play/game and you have to keep going. You have two choices: give up and make things worse or pick yourself up and work harder to do better the next time. That is the greatest lesson academics and athletics has taught me over my years.


Donny Pooler, Northwestern High School – 3.98 GPA 

Varsity Letters Earned by Grade

Cross Country – 10, 11, 12

Wrestling – 9, 10, 11, 12

Track & Field – 9, 10, 11

Individual Sports Achievement

Cross Country – Conference Champion – 11

Wrestling – Conference Champion – 12

Wrestling– Regional Champion – 10, 12

Track & Field – Conference Champion –10, 11

Track & Field – Regional Champion – 10

Track & Field – Sectional Champion – 10

Team WIAA Success

Cross Country – Conference Champion – 10, 11, 12

Cross Country – Sectional Champion – 10, 11

Wrestling – Conference Champion – 12

Wrestling – Regional Champion – 10, 12

Times Named to Varsity Sport MVP

Cross Country – 1

Wrestling - 1

Track & Field – 1

Years Involved in Co-Curricular Activities

National Honor Society – 2

Link Crew - 2

Civic & Community Activities

Volunteer – youth wrestling coach

College Choice

St. Scholastica College - Nursing

Essay

The greatest lesson that I learned while in the classroom and competing at Northwestern High School has been to focus on what you can control. My coaches and teachers here have told me time and time again that you can only control two things in life, attitude and effort. I never really thought too much about this saying for the first couple years in high school. I was the kid that would always think, “Yeah right, if you work hard enough anything is possible.” Which can be true, but what I failed to realize was all of life's unexpected surprises, the things that you think will never happen to you. After having four surgeries and lots of health related issues with close family members, I soon realized that my coaches and teachers were indeed correct. The only two things that you can control is your attitude and effort. Regardless of what obstacles life throws at you, you are always able to attack it head on with a positive attitude and give it one hundred percent of your effort in order to overcome anything. Once I started to focus on my attitude and effort, everything started to come together for me. I started to see growth in my athletic and academic performance. I know this lesson, as simple as it sounds, will help me later in life to overcome all of life's unforeseen obstacles by having a positive attitude and giving my best effort.



Division 3


Miles Saylor, Necedah High School – 4.0 GPA

Varsity Letters Earned by Grade

Football – 9, 10, 11, 12

Basketball – 9, 10, 11, 12

Baseball - 9, 10, 11

Times Named to All-Conference First Team

Football – 2

Basketball – 4

Baseball – 1

Times Named to Varsity Sport MVP

Football Defense – 1

Football Offense – 2

Basketball – 3

Baseball – 2

Years Involved in Co-Curricular Activities

National Honor Society – 2 (President)

Student Council – 3

Class Officer - 4 (President)

Forensics – 4 (Co-President)

Skills USA – 4 (President)

Health & Wellness Committee – 3

Leadership Development Class – 1

WON80 – 2

Fellowship of Christ - 2

Civic & Community Activities

300 Club

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Youth Ball

Booster Club

Tutoring

Youth Mentoring Program

Youth Wrestling Program

Powerlifting Million Pound Challenge

Food Pantry

Assistant IT Relay 4 Life

College Choice

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire - Biology


Essay

As I have learned throughout my athletic endeavors, academics and athletics come hand in hand. The skills necessary to succeed apply equally in both, namely determination, passion, and a thirst for knowledge. Maintaining a 4.0 GPA, obtaining the basketball school scoring record, and getting student of the year awards are a few of the achievements that I have received in one element of either athletics or academics. The reason I have been successful in both areas is due to the similar core skills needed in order to do well. A determination to succeed is at the core of everything I do. I was taught from a young age to place all of my energies into my endeavors, and that has benefitted me academically and athletically. As a passionate person, I know that I will breed success later in life if I enjoy what I am doing. My desire to learn new and interesting things leads me on a daily path toward self-fulfillment. As an intrinsically motivated person I am driven to succeed and I have realized that in order to succeed, learning to handle failure is crucial. With failure, I will be able to embrace it, learn from it, and be better prepared the next time. Determination, passion, and an innate interest in learning have benefitted me by guiding me when faced with adversity. These experiences have helped me to handle all the good and the bad that life has in store for me, thus preparing me for the future.


Calvin Rosen, Clear Lake High School – 4.0 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 – 12

Basketball – Conference Champion – 11, 12

Basketball – Regional Champion – 12

Basketball – Sectional Champion - 12

Baseball – Conference Champion - 11

Times Named to All-Conference First Team

Football – 2

Baseball – 2

Times Named to Varsity Sport MVP

Football Offense – 3

Years Involved in Co-Curricular Activities

FFA – 4 (Parliamentarian)

SNAP – Academic Peer – 3

National Honor Society – 3

4-H – 4 (President, Vice-President)

Kinship-Mentoring -3

Student Council – 4

College Choice

University of Wisconsin-River Falls - Agriculture Engineering


Essay

Participating in athletics has taught me valuable lessons. Recognizing the success my teams have had, I’ve learned winning isn’t everything. Sports has shown me the benefits of having a strong work ethic and the need to include others. Yes, winning is nice, and fans love it when we win, but all that is for nothing if the season isn’t enjoyable. The team should have a common goal to enjoy what they are doing, but when the team is having fun and winning, then that is something special. The Golden Rule says that you should treat others how you want to be treated, do people always follow it? No. When my sports teams compete against other schools, we notice players that lack respect for authority or one another. We see our opponents argue and complain about a referee’s decision. That is not how things work at my school. We have learned the value of working together and respecting others. I’m fortunate my high school athletics career has been very successful. I have challenged myself to be the best player and teammate I can be. My football, basketball and baseball teams have all seen success, with team conference championships in each sport. Yes, I’ve also been recognized with individual accolades, including all district and conference recognitions and team MVP awards. While the talent helps win the games, I’d like to think it’s been the positive atmosphere, support for one another and respect shown that has helped to make our good teams great.


Dawson Sarauer, St. Mary’s Springs High School – 3.96 GPA

Varsity Letters Earned by Grade

Football – 9, 10, 11, 12

Hockey – 9, 10, 11, 12

Golf – 9, 10, 11

Team WIAA Success

Football – Conference Champion – 9, 11, 12

Football – Regional Champion – 9, 10, 11, 12

Football – Sectional Champion – 9, 10, 12

Football – State Champion – 9, 10, 12

Hockey – Regional Champion – 12

Hockey – Sectional Champion - 12

Golf – Conference Champion – 9, 10, 11

Golf – Regional Champion – 9, 10, 11

Golf – Sectional Champion – 9, 10, 11

Golf – State Champion - 9, 10, 11

Times Named to All-Conference First Team

Golf - 2

Years Involved in Co-Curricular Activities

National Honor Society – 2

Student Council – 2 (President)

Key Club – 3

Youth Leadership – 1

Conference Academic – 4

Civic & Community Activities

Rotary Student of the Month

 Rotary Lighting volunteer

 Youth Hockey volunteer

 Blood drive volunteer

 Cancer Screening volunteer

 Salvation Army Bell Ringer

College Choice

Marquette University - Biomedical Sciences/Pre-Dental


Essay

Throughout my time as a high school student athlete, I have learned many valuable life lessons that I will take with me into college and beyond. My participation in team sports has taught me the values of selflessness and leadership. Throughout my four years of high school I have competed at six state tournaments. These experiences have taught me that individuals do not win championships alone because success is always achieved through teamwork. I carry that same mindset off the field, as you need to be able to work with others to be successful, whether in the classroom or out in the community. Being a three-sport athlete, I have had to balance school and sports which has strengthened my time management skills. I have had my fair share of late nights and missed school days due to sports, but because of my perseverance I have found success not only as an athlete, but also as a student. I believe my work ethic can help me navigate the ups and downs that life will throw at me in the future. As a high school athlete, I did not always experience success. In my sophomore season of hockey, our team ended the season with a record of 3-21. Only two years later our team qualified for our school’s first WIAA State Hockey Tournament ever. As a high school student athlete, I have learned that when life knocks you down you can always get back up and succeed.


Max Villnow, Amherst High School – 3.87 GPA

Varsity Letters Earned by Grade

Football – 9, 10, 11, 12

Wrestling – 9, 10, 11, 12

Track & Field – 10, 11

Individual Sports Achievement

Wrestling – Conference Champion –10, 11, 12

Wrestling– Regional Champion –9, 11, 12

Wrestling– Sectional Champion - 12

Team WIAA Success

Football – Conference Champion – 9, 10, 11, 12

Football – Regional Champion – 9, 10, 11, 12

Football – Sectional Champion – 9, 10, 11, 12

Football – State Champion – 10, 11, 12

Wrestling – Regional Champion – 9

Times Named to All-Conference First Team

Football – 2

Times Named to Varsity Sport MVP

Wrestling – 3

Years Involved in Co-Curricular Activities

FBLA -4 (Vice President)

Quiz Bowl – 4 (Captain)

National Honor Society – 3

Spanish Club – 2

Investment Club – 1

Civic & Community Activities

Church youth group/mission trip

Adopt-A-Highway coordinator

Youth wrestling coach

Youth wrestling official

College Choice

Minnesota State University-Mankato


Essay

Sports have taught me valuable life lessons. By participating in three sports -- wrestling, football, and track -- I have learned about teamwork, responsibility, and character. Wrestling, in particular, taught me to be responsible to myself.  I learned that every decision I made mattered and that there are no shortcuts if you truly want to be successful.  These lessons are most evident in wrestling due to the individuality of the sport. Wrestling is very much a team sport, but at the end of the day, I am alone on the mat. All of my successes and failures are directly attributable to the decisions I make and the effort I invest. A big part of wrestling is being able to uphold good character in victory and defeat. Football has taught me to be accountable as part of a team. I am responsible to my teammates to make sure I better myself through activities like team lifts and morning practices. I encourage my teammates to be responsible to our team by participating in all team activities. Every member of a team must pull their own weight for the team to be successful. Being a three-year captain in wrestling and a senior captain in football has taught me valuable lessons about leadership; specifically, to lead through example, and to always be supportive to my teammates. I considered it my obligation and privilege to mentor younger athletes and to always leave the program better than I found it.


Division 4


David Burgess, Northland Lutheran High School – 4.0 GPA

Varsity Letters Earned by Grade

Soccer – 9, 10, 11, 12

Basketball – 9, 10, 11, 12

Track & Field – 9, 10, 11

Individual Sports Achievement

Track & Field – Conference Champion – 10, 11

Track & Field – Regional Champion – 11

Times Named to All-Conference First Team

Soccer – 3

Basketball – 1

Times Named to Varsity Sport MVP

Soccer – 2

Basketball – 1

Years Involved in Co-Curricular Activities

Student Council – 3 (President)

Show Choir -2

College Choice

Carroll University - Actuarial Science


Essay

High school sports mean much more to me than just wins and losses. There is a feeling of unity that is present in just about every athletic activity in which I have participated. Some of those sports are considered to be individual, but even then, I am working with coaches, teammates, supporters, etc., that are part of the team family. Throughout any sports season (soccer, basketball, track, etc.), I get to know my teammates. I might not always like or get along well with them, but I know that in order to be a successful team, the whole group needs to work together effectively. During practices, games, and other team events throughout a season, I learn the strengths and weaknesses of each of my teammates, and they learn mine. We get the chance to work together, help each other, and build lasting relationships. Throughout my years, I have gone through various successes and failures with my different teams, but we always knew that we were still there for one another. We did not just become a team, we became a family. While participating in high school athletics, I have learned and developed time management, perseverance, and character, while forming bonds with others. Athletics are not just about the participation in the sport, they are about growing and learning with those around me. I have formed this unique bond with many of my teammates, a bond that will not soon be forgotten.


Elijah Ribbe, Three Lakes High School – 4.0 GPA

Varsity Letters Earned by Grade

Soccer – 9, 10, 11, 12

Basketball – 10

Track & Field – 9, 10, 11

Individual Sports Achievement

Track & Field – Conference Champion – 11

Track & Field – Regional Champion – 11

Team WIAA Success

Soccer – Conference Champion – 12

Times Named to All-Conference First Team

Soccer – 4

Years Involved in Co-Curricular Activities

National Honor Society – 2

Student Council – 1

Solo Ensemble – 4

Civic & Community Activities

Youth soccer volunteer

Church youth group

Church band

College Choice

Calvin College - Sports Management


Essay

As I look back upon my time at Three Lakes High School, I realize there are many activities that I could not have done without. Being a member of the Boys’ Soccer Team was one of the most important parts of my school career. Many people look upon sports as something you do for fun, but I see them as much more than that. Teammates are not just peers you exercise with after school; they are family. If there is one thing that sports have taught me it is how to interact with other people you have to work with. A crucial skill in many aspects of life, teamwork is not always easy. Sometimes you have to work with people you don’t like or get along with. But in order to accomplish the goal, you must work with them. Along with teamwork, there is one thing that both athletics and academics have taught me that I will never forget: never give up. As valedictorian of my class, there were many times where my grades were under what they needed to be to receive this award. As hard as it was to get those grades back up, I learned that the hard work pays off in the end. Throughout my soccer career, I have also learned to never give up. Going from freshman year with a team of 13 guys to first time conference champions senior year, we learned that hard work can get you to where you want to be.


Luke Reader, Bangor High School – 3.75 GPA

Varsity Letters Earned by Grade

Football – 10, 11, 12

Basketball – 9, 10, 11, 12

Baseball - 9, 10, 11

Team WIAA Success

Football – Conference Champion – 9, 10, 11, 12

Football – Regional Champion – 10, 11, 12

Football – Sectional Champion - 10, 12

Football – State Champion – 10, 12

Basketball – Conference Champion – 9, 11, 12

Basketball – Regional Champion – 9, 11, 12

Basketball – Sectional Champion – 12

Basketball – State Champion – 12

Baseball – Conference Champion – 9, 10

Times Named to All-Conference First Team

Football – 2

Basketball – 3

Baseball – 3

Times Named to Varsity Sport MVP

Football Offense – 1

Basketball – 2

Years Involved in Co-Curricular Activities

National Honor Society – 3

Student Council – 2

Civic & Community Activities

Basketball official

Youth baseball/softball umpire

Community service events

Snow shoveling programs – football/basketball

College Choice

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire - Psychology


Essay

High school for many people is a time where you find out who you truly are. There are many great things to experience like sports, teammates, relationships, and most importantly academics. High school can be the best four years of your life or the worst four years of your life, it depends on what you make of it. Being in athletics during high school will help you prepare for college and for your future. School always comes before athletics, because even though I hate to say it, most people will not make it to professional sports. Knowing how to solve an algebraic equation is more important than knowing how to block a defensive end when it comes to the real world. Knowledge is the key to a successful life, and knowledge can also be used for problem solving in athletics. I would say there are three main components to a successful athletic and academic high school career. 1. Leadership, being a leader not only on the field or on the court for athletics but also a leader in the classroom. Showing your teammates what it means to be a student athlete. 2. Relationship building, building respect and camaraderie not only with your teammates and coaches, but also your teachers and maybe the most important, refs and umpires. 3. Listening and Learning, listen to older and more experienced people will give you the best advice because they Have experienced what you are doing today.


Tanner Deist, Wild Rose High School – 3.88 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 –12

Wrestling– Regional Champion –9, 10, 11, 12

Wrestling– Sectional Champion – 10, 12

Team WIAA Success

Football – Conference Champion – 11, 12

Wrestling – Regional Champion – 11

Times Named to All-Conference First Team

Football – 3

Baseball – 1

Times Named to Varsity Sport MVP

Football Defense – 2

Wrestling – 3

Baseball – 1

Years Involved in Co-Curricular Activities

SADD – 2

Civic & Community Activities

Sport Fundraisers – 4

Salvation Army Bell Ringer – 2

Bingo volunteer – 1

College Choice

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire - Kinesiology


Essay

Participating in sports has taught me a lot. Being active has shaped me to be the person I am. Sports are competitive and the main goal is to win, but sometimes you fail to do so. There are some benefits to losing. Not everyone can win every single time, and losing helps you learn from your mistakes. In a way, failure leads to success. Every successful person has failed sometime in his/her life. What's important is to get back up and try even harder next time. Setting goals and achieving them is a way to measure your growth. You don't always have to set one long-term goal; you should set short-term goals leading up to one long-term goal. This not only affects sports, it has taught me to set goals in life. Being in these sports has taught me life isn't always going to go your way. You need to fail sometimes to succeed, but failing is only important if you decide to learn from it and not give up. Yes, winning is important, but it's not the only thing. Winning feels great, but it feels even better when you overcome obstacles that were in your way. For an example, my senior year I broke my leg and thought I'd never be able to wrestle again. But now I know this obstacle is just making me stronger and increasing my drive to become a state champion. Being in sports has taught me to persevere through difficulties and failures. 

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