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.
DIVISION 1 – BOYS
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
DIVISION 1 – GIRLS
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
DIVISION 2 – BOYS
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
DIVISION 2 – GIRLS
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
DIVISION 3 – BOYS
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
DIVISION 3 – GIRLS
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
DIVISION 4 – BOYS
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
DIVISION 4 – GIRLS
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.
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