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Seven From Central Wisconsin Earn Scholar Athlete Awards

STEVENS POINT (WAOW) — Thirty-two senior students attending Wisconsin public and nonpublic high schools have been named winners of the 2010 WIAA Scholar Athlete Award, presented by the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association. That brings to 796 the number of young men and women honored since the program was launched in 1984 to honor scholastic and athletic excellence.

This year's 16 boys and 16 girls will be recognized at an award ceremony Sunday, May 2 at the Westwood Conference Center in Wausau. For the first time, the WIAA Scholar Athlete Award program will be underwritten by Marshfield Clinic. Featured speaker will be Larry Hisle, retired centerfielder for the Milwaukee Brewers. A former two-time MLB All-Star, Hisle is currently employed with the Brewers as the Manager of Youth Outreach and is president of Major League Mentoring, a youth mentoring program in Milwaukee.

Every year, each of the WIAA-member high schools is invited to nominate one boy and one girl for Scholar Athlete honors. There were 726 nominations---361 boys and 365 girls---for the 2010 statewide award from 386 schools. To qualify for the WIAA Scholar Athlete Award, a nominee must have earned at least four varsity letters through the first half of his/her senior year and must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. This year's nominees in four WIAA categories includes 184 from 96 schools in Division 1; 195 from 101 schools in Division 2; 193 from 103 schools in Division 3; and 154 from 86 schools in Division 4. The divisions are the same as those used by the WIAA in basketball and volleyball tournament participation.

At the May 2nd awards ceremony, at which the winners' parents and coaches or teachers will also be guests, each 2010 WIAA Scholar Athlete will receive a medallion and certificate, and will take with them a special plaque for display in their school's trophy case.

The following is a list of 2010 winners, the communities in which they live and the high schools they attend.


Ross J. Brown, Chippewa Falls—Chippewa Falls High School

Logan Hietpas, Appleton—Kimberly High School

Michael Owen, Middleton—Middleton High School

Max Poeske, Menomonee Falls—Menomonee Falls High School


Hannah Jasurda, Weston—D.C. Everest High School

Erienne Lauersdorf, Watertown—Watertown High School

Courtney Mrotek, Manitowoc—Manitowoc Lincoln High School

Andie Varsho, Chili—Marshfield High School


Sam Arnott, Tomahawk—Tomahawk High School

Nathan Brown, Sheboygan Falls—Sheboygan Falls High School

Connor Hanson, Pickett—Ripon High School*

Donnie Hissa, Iron River—Northwestern High School


Jamie Armstrong, Monroe—Monroe High School

Alaina Murphy, Seymour—Seymour High School

Megan Palmer, Whitefish Bay—Whitefish Bay High School

Katie Raymond, Montello—Westfield Area High School


Garrick Day, Elk Mound—Elk Mound High School

Ryan McGuire, Mineral Point—Mineral Point High School*

Justin Sinz, Edgar—Edgar High School

Indy Spindler, Stratford—Stratford High School


Katie Langmeier, Cuba City—Cuba City High School

Rachel Melum, Iola—Iola-Scandinavia High School

Jenna Pitt, Amherst—Amherst High School

Julie Raeder, Sheboygan Falls—Oostburg High School


Michael J. Droessler, Benton—Benton High School

Josh Eastlick, Belmont—Belmont High School

Carson Giller, Luck—Luck High School*

Kevin Weis, Cochrane—Cochrane-Fountain City High School


Rae Ellen Brandes, Twin Lakes—Faith Christian-Williams Bay High School

Sarah Howe, Siren—Siren High School*

Katie Place, South Wayne—Black Hawk High School

Stephanie Walek, Independence—Independence High School

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


All of the other students nominated will be presented with a medal at their school recognizing the achievement of each as their school's top male or female scholar athlete.

This year's list of winners features these items of interest:

Of the 386 high schools submitting nominations this year, four had statewide WIAA Scholar Athletes for the first time.

  • Eighteen of this year's 32 Scholar Athletes had a grade point average of 4.0.
  • Nineteen of the 2010 WIAA Scholar Athletes have earned at least 10 varsity letters in their first 3-1/2 years of high school.
  • Luck High School has its first WIAA Scholar Athlete—Carson Giller.
  • Connor Hanson is the first WIAA Scholar Athlete from Ripon High School.
  • Siren High School's first WIAA Scholar Athlete is Sarah Howe.
  • Mineral Point High School produced its first WIAA Scholar Athlete—Ryan McGuire.
  • Josh Eastlick of Belmont High School is the second member of his family to earn statewide honors. His brother, Matthew, was a WIAA Scholar Athlete in 2003.
  • Justin Sinz of Edgar High School is the second member of his family to earn statewide honors. His brother, Jordan, was a WIAA Scholar Athlete in 2001. Justin is the eighth WIAA Scholar-Athlete from Edgar High School.
  • Andie Varsho is the sixth WIAA Scholar Athlete from Marshfield High School.
  • Indy Spindler is the sixth WIAA Scholar Athlete from Stratford High School.
  • Sam Arnott is the sixth WIAA Scholar Athlete from Tomahawk High School.

Here are some capsules of the accomplishments of Central Wisconsin's 7 winners:

ARNOTT, SAM—10 letters in cross country, wrestling and baseball. Conference and regional titles in wrestling. Conference, sectional and state team titles in cross country. All conference in baseball. MVP honors in cross country.

JASURDA, HANNA—9 letters in volleyball, basketball and soccer. Member of sectional champion volleyball team for 3 years. All conference in soccer. Team soccer and basketball MVP honors. #1 in class of 383.

MELUM, RACHEL—9 letters in cross country, basketball and track. Conference, regional and sectional titles in track 3 years. Two time state titles in track.  Named MVP in cross country and track 2 years.

PITT, JENNA—10 letters in volleyball, basketball and softball. Member of state champion basketball team junior year. Member of conference title teams in volleyball and softball 2 years. All conference in basketball and volleyball.

SINZ, JUSTIN—10 letters in football, basketball and track. Played quarterback on state champion football team senior year. Three-times all conference football. Two-times all conference in basketball. Team football and basketball MVP honors.

SPINDLER, INDY—9 letters in football, wrestling and track. Three-time regional titles in wrestling. Played on state champion football team for 3 years.  Two-time all conference in football. Team captain in football and wrestling.

VARSHO, ANDIE—10 letters in tennis, basketball and softball. Three-time sectional titles in tennis. All conference in basketball. Three-time all conference in softball. MVP honors in tennis and softball.


Courtesy: WIAA Press Release

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