The Oconomowoc Scholarship Fund is proud to award $189,000 of new college funding to fifteen local high school seniors. The non-profit fund encourages post-secondary education of students based on their academic achievements, community involvement, character, and financial need. Since it was created in 1947 by C. W. Brown, the owner of the Oconomowoc Enterprise, the Oconomowoc Scholarship Fund has awarded over $2 million to 581 students. Donations from the public are always appreciated. In alphabetical order, this year’s winners are:
As a child, whenever Caleb Flaten-Moore played Monopoly, he insisted on being the banker. He will attend UW-Whitewater to major in Finance, with a minor in Data Science. Despite taking a rigorous course schedule, Caleb compiled a weighted grade point average of 4.4. He led the OHS basketball team in scoring, was named to the All-Conference basketball squad three straight years, and was elected President of the National Business Honor Society.
Teachers say Caleb is “kind, honest, full of heart, and a natural leader who perseveres through any challenge.” The son of Paul and Shelly of Ixonia is eligible to receive $12,000 ($3,000 per year over four years) as the winner of a Hilbert Scherffius Scholarship on behalf of the Oconomowoc Area Foundation.
Alisha Kehl helped tutor special education students in English and math during her senior year. That’s when she realized she wanted to make a career out of helping people, so she will major in Special Education at UW-Whitewater. The daughter of Cari and Travis Kehl of Oconomowoc is eligible to receive $12,000 over four years as the winner of the M. Jane Hartnett Scholarship.
Teachers say Alicia is “friendly, approachable and emotionally mature.” They also praise her “grit, integrity, courage and strong desire to learn.” She was named to the National Honor Society, served three years on Student Council, was a four-year member of the OHS gymnastics squad, and competed on the soccer team for three years.
Cade Kenyon describes himself as a creator, innovator, musician and photographer. He played in the OHS Wind Symphony, competed on the track and cross country teams, served as vice-president of the National Honor Society and was also named to the Science and Music honor societies. The son of Brian and Heidi Kenyon of Oconomowoc is eligible for $12,000 over four years. He will attend UW-Madison, major in Computer Engineering, and purse a career in Artificial Intelligence.
Cade feels the tech industry is “pushing ethical boundaries” and needs “people who are willing to slow down and protect what makes us human.”
Laurel Lindemann has been chosen for the Oconomowoc Scholarship Fund’s two-year program, receiving $3,000 over two years toward an associate degree or technical program. Laurel plans to study aviation at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton as she reaches for the stars to fulfill her dream of becoming a pilot. The daughter of Richard and Kelly Lindemann of Oconomowoc, she has worked at the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Air Venture and participated in the International Organization of Women Pilots.
Those experiences have given her the confidence to keep striving toward her goal of becoming a woman pilot, no matter what the odds.
Teachers say Rachel Lopez “meets deadlines, stays focused and has a positive attitude that makes any situation more productive.” She wins an OSF scholarship worth $12,000 over four years. The daughter of Jill Lopez of Oconomowoc, she values school spirit and being an active part of the community. She was named to the National Honor Society, elected to Student Council, and belonged to the Science and Social Studies Honor Societies.
Rachel will attend UW-Madison and major in Psychology because she wants to “be able to figure out what is going on in someone’s brain and what makes them who they are.”
Madison Musselman held down three jobs, volunteered endless hours, and still maintained a 4.0 grade point average. She says her parents, Brad and Kerry of Oconomowoc, taught her to “help people who can’t help themselves and always go above and beyond.” Madison created the annual Raccoon Rally, co-chaired the Relay for Life cancer fundraiser, participated on the robotics team and sign language club, was named a Scholar Athlete, and served on seven different honor societies.
Her advisors praise her tenacity and leadership, but they say “what stands out most is her heart.” OHS principal, Jason Curtis says she is “always prepared, clear and passionate about her work.” Madison wins a new scholarship, $12,000 over four years from the Richard R. and Karen Bertrand Charitable Fund of the Oconomowoc Area Foundation. She will study neurobiology at UW-Madison, hoping to one day become a brain surgeon and help find cures for diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Rachel Oelsner finished high school with a grade point average of 4.56, ranking her #2 in the class of 400. Teachers call her “an inspiration who doesn’t back down from a challenge.” In her essay submitted to the Oconomowoc Scholarship Fund, Rachel said: “I would describe myself as a hard worker and an achiever.”
The daughter of Cheryl and Curt Oelsner of Oconomowoc played in the Wind Symphony and jazz band, and was a four-year mainstay on the varsity Math Team. She was also a Girl Scout since first grade and earned a black belt in Taekwondo. She wins the Hilbert Scherffius Scholarship on behalf of the Oconomowoc Area Foundation, worth $12,000 over four years. Rachel will attend UW-Milwaukee to major in Geography, with the goal of becoming an urban planner.
Olivia Pfeil obtained a work permit and started her first part-time job at age 14. While working about 20 hours a week all through high school, she volunteered for the Red Cross blood drive, the Ronald McDonald House and a local hospice. She also helped construct a restaurant in a remote area in Peru to help villagers build their local economy. She was a member of the Science, Spanish and Business Honor Societies and played junior varsity tennis – all while earning a 4.4 grade point average.
Teachers call her “rare, dynamic, incredibly organized, and a reliable asset to any team.” The daughter of Michael and Jody Pfeil of Oconomowoc is eligible for $12,000 over four years as the winner of a third Hilbert Scherffius Scholarship on behalf of the Oconomowoc Area Foundation. Olivia is passionate about “helping the global economy reach economic and social equality.” She will major in International Business at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
Carly Robbins wins the Future Leader Award funded by the Thomas Mount family, making her eligible for $37,400 over four years to attend UW-Madison. Carly’s goal is to have a “lasting positive impact on the world.” She will work toward a degree in International Business that will allow her to combine the power of both her heart and her mind. The daughter of Kerry and David Robbins of Oconomowoc, she was President of both the Spanish and Social Studies Honor Societies, and a member of the Business and Science Honor Societies.
She was also involved with a Costa Rica exchange program that deepened her global perspective and developed her language skills. Advisors say Carly “stands out as someone driven to be an active global citizen.”
Even in kindergarten, Megan Schaaf had a “love of science and the natural world” and dreamed of studying space. She remembers watching documentaries with her father, Phillip Schaaf of Oconomowoc, and being “absolutely in awe of the world we live in.” Teachers say Megan is “driven and self-motivated, and an incredible role model with respect for others and a commitment to growth.” Her childhood dreams of space are very much alive.
She wins a four-year $12,000 scholarship, which she will use to major in astronomy and astrophysics at UW-Madison. Megan hopes to someday work at NASA.
Malik Staude wins $5,000 from the George Andrew Markham Memorial Fund on behalf of the Oconomowoc Area Foundation, which he will use for his continued studies at UW-Milwaukee to be a music teacher. He says music is “not only an integral part of understanding the world, but also of changing the world.”
The son of Brandee Staude of Oconomowoc, Malik is a shining star on and off the stage. He was an award-winning trumpet player and percussionist with the Wind Symphony and jazz band. He was named drum major for the OHS marching band as a junior and senior, and holds the record for performing in 14 consecutive theatrical productions in the OHS drama program. Beyond the performing arts, he was elected Governor at the Badger Boys State government and leadership camp.
Marshell Sukovich wins $12,000 over four years as the recipient of another scholarship from the Richard R. and Karen Bertrand Charitable Fund of the Oconomowoc Area Foundation. Marshell ranked 6th in his class of 400. He was named a Scholar Athlete multiple times while competing in golf, football, basketball, and bowling. He also did volunteer work for Wounded Warriors, the YMCA, and his church.
The son of Mark and Michele Sukovich of Oconomowoc is described by OHS principal Jason Curtis as “amazing, kind and caring.” His football coach says he is “guaranteed to be successful in the future.” Marshell considered being “everything from a doctor to a chef.” He decided to major in Economics at UW-Madison, because an economics degree will allow him to branch into a career in business, finance or law.
Alex Vance wasn’t even sure he wanted to go to college, but he “felt motivated” when he started taking rigorous courses in the International Baccalaureate program. He finished high school with a 4.5 grade point average, ranking him 5th in his class. The son of Jody and Rich Vance of Oconomowoc wins a four-year $12,000 scholarship from the Debbink Family Foundation.
Alex led the OHS cross country team to a 5th place finish at the WIAA state meet. He was also competed on the track team, and tutored students as a member of the Math Honor Society. Teachers call him a “grounded, humble, kind and ethical” student who is “full of drive, excitement, curiosity and joy.” Alex will study Accounting at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. After college, he hopes to start his own business.
Teachers say Amelia White is “the kind of student you dream of having in class … dynamic, independent, inquisitive and incredibly genuine.” The daughter of Jennifer Starke-White of Watertown made the High Honor Roll every year. She was a member of four honor societies and qualified three times for state vocal competitions. She also completed a summer exchange program in Costa Rica last year, and spent a semester this year studying in Germany.
Since she can speak three languages, Amelia will pursue a career translating and interpreting within the medical field. She will use her four-year $12,000 scholarship to attend UW-Milwaukee.
Kaila Wismar also wins a four-year $12,000 award from the Oconomowoc Scholarship Fund. Teachers say she is “caring, open-minded and eager to learn … with great skills in leadership and organization.”
The daughter of Kathryn Olson and Brian Wismar of Oconomowoc won multiple state awards playing the flute. She is also a member of three honor societies and the DECA marketing club, which she says “helped refine my skills in logical thinking and problem-solving.” Kaila has a passion for business and connecting with different cultures, so she will major in International Business at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.