From the WIAA --
Thirty-two student-athletes have been selected as recipients of the prestigious Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Scholar Athlete Award underwritten by Marshfield Children’s Hospital.
To determine the top 32 finalists, four boys and four girls were selected based on both athletic and academic achievement from each of four WIAA divisions.
“These extraordinary student athletes excel in both academics and athletics,” said Tom Shafranski, Assistant Director of the WIAA. “Sixteen of this year’s 32 WIAA Scholar Athlete finalists have a grade point average of 4.0 to date, while the average GPA is an amazing 3.94.
“All 32 scholar athlete finalists have already earned a total of 291 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.”
This year, more than 830 seniors were nominated for the Scholar Athlete Award by 430 high schools throughout the state.
The Scholar Athlete recipients will be recognized at an awards ceremony Sunday, May 1 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Wausau. Keynote speaker will be Karyn Bye, Olympic Gold Medalist on the U.S. Women’s 1998 Hockey Team and recent inductee in the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame and the National High School Hall of Fame.
Of the more than 400 high schools submitting nominations this year, six schools had a finalist for the first time in the 37-year history of the WIAA Scholar Athlete program, including: Mike Brown, Butternut High School; Brennen Dvorachek, Reedsville High School; Evan Guenther, Monticello High School; Sam Heicher, Lake Country Lutheran High School; Elizabeth Roll, Prescott High School; and Lexie Weier, Mount Horeb High School.
More than 1,100 Scholar Athlete finalists have been recognized since the program began in 1984.
A live webcast of the awards ceremony will be available on WIAA.TV and aired on Bally Sports Wisconsin on a date to be determined following the ceremony.
2022 WIAA Scholar Athlete Award Recipients (name, hometown and high school)
DIVISION 1 – BOYS
Austin Henderson, Neenah, Neenah High School
Mason King, Wauwatosa, Wauwatosa East High School
Nate Streveler, Stevens Point, Stevens Point Area Senior Hig
Ryan Whynott, Kenosha, Kenosha Tremper High School
DIVISION 1 – GIRLS
Kate Graham, Whitefish Bay, Whitefish Bay High School
Kacey Ott, Slinger, Slinger High School
Lauren Pansegrau, Verona, Middleton High School
Rebecca Siedenburg, Wales, Kettle Moraine High School
DIVISION 2 – BOYS
Simon Bauer, Durand, Durand High School
Jake Engebritson, Rice Lake, Rice Lake High School
Rory Fox, Waukesha, Catholic Memorial High School
Josh Terrian, Pewaukee, Pewaukee High School
DIVISION 2 – GIRLS
Hailey Anchor, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin Dells High School
Sophie Moravec, Milwaukee, Martin Luther High School
Elizabeth Rohl, River Falls, Prescott High School
Lexie Weier, Mineral Point, Mount Horeb High School
DIVISION 3 – BOYS
Karson Casper, Coleman, Coleman High School
Brennen Dvorachek, Reedsville, Reedsville High School
Tanner Gerber, Cameron, Cameron High School
Sam Heicher, New Berlin, Lake Country Lutheran High School
DIVISION 3 – GIRLS
Bridee Burks, Lancaster, Lancaster High School
Jada Eggebrecht, Phillips, Phillips High School
Alexis Slater, Grantsburg, Grantsburg High School
Ryann Wagner, Lena, Gillett High School
DIVISION 4 – BOYS
Mike Brown, Butternut, Butternut High School
Thomas Derleth, Berlin, Lourdes Academy
Evan Guenther, Monroe, Monticello High School
Taedon Nichols, Siren, Siren High School
DIVISION 4 – GIRLS
Ella Chambers, Mineral Point, Mineral Point High School
Anelise Egge, Viola, Kickapoo High School
Elizabeth Krawze, Laona, Wabeno High School
Kayci Martensen, Benton, Benton High School
The WIAA, as defined by its Constitution, is a voluntary, unincorporated, and nonprofit organization. The membership oversees interscholastic athletic programs for 516 senior high schools and 45 junior high/middle level schools in its membership.