The Oconomowoc Scholarship Fund is proud to award $111,500 of new college funding to ten 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 the editor of the Oconomowoc Enterprise, the Fund has awarded nearly $2 million to 571 students. Donations from the public are always appreciated. In alphabetical order, this year’s winners are:
Ty Evans made the High Honor roll every year, earned two varsity letters, and has been called one of the finest tuba players in school history. He wants to share his love of music and also protect the music industry. He will attend Western Illinois University to major in Music Business with a minor in Marketing/Human Resources. Teachers say he makes good choices in and out of school and is driven to succeed. The son of John and Amy Carriveau of Oconomowoc, Ty is the winner of a $5,000 award from the George Andrew Markham Memorial Fund under the Oconomowoc Area Foundation.
Sarah Foyer is eligible is eligible to receive $10,000 over four years as the winner of a Hilbert Scherffius Scholarship presented by the Oconomowoc Scholarship Fund. The daughter of Lisa and Craig Foyer of Oconomowoc, she ranks 4th in a class of 374. In high school, she helped build electrical and pneumatic systems on robots. She wants to be a driving force in the future by making enhanced technologies more accessible to the public – designing faster, higher-quality, and less-expensive electronic devices. Teachers call Sarah innovative, articulate and ‘an absolute example of quality.’ Sarah will major in Chemical Engineering at Michigan Tech University in Houghton.
Carleigh Heintz is excited to be the first in her family to ever attend college. She made the High Honor Roll every year of high school and ranked 17th in her class, while working 20-25 hours a week at a part-time job. The daughter of Jamie and Debra Heintz of Nashotah is eligible to receive $10,000 over four years as the winner of another Hilbert Scherffius scholarship. Carleigh established a tutoring program in the Math Club, helped mentor incoming freshmen, and donates blood every two months. Teachers say she is ‘personally committed to making a difference.’ She will major in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Minnesota, and wants to become a physician.
When she was a child, Katelyn Herne had a hole in one of her eardrums that caused significant hearing loss. After two surgeries, her hearing is almost fully restored. But her goal is to earn a clinical doctorate degree in audiology to help people who are going through similar challenges. She will begin by majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders at UW-Stevens Point, where she has been accepted into the honors program. Katelyn is eligible to receive $10,000 over four years. She is the daughter of Jeffrey and Laura Manning-Herne of Ixonia.
Hailey Johnson is the first-ever Oconomowoc Scholarship Fund winner to attend a school other than Cooney High. She was on the soccer team every spring and the cross country team every fall at Lake Country Lutheran, where she was named Academic All-State in cross country and led her team to the state meet every year. The daughter of Neil and Julie Johnson of Okauchee is eligible to receive $10,000 over four years as the winner of another Hilbert Scherffius scholarship. Teachers say Hailey has the ‘moral compass to do what’s right, even if it might not be popular.’ She will major in biology at UW-Madison, and wants to eventually graduate from medical school.
Daniel Kingston has already earned 26 credits in metal fabrication and welding at Waukesha County Technical College. Through the dual enrollment program, he basically has a full schedule at WCTC while fulfilling his high school requirements at the same time. The head of the welding department say Daniel is respectful, always strives to do his best, and often exceeds expectations. He also won varsity letters in both football and wrestling at Oconomowoc. He wants to start his own company in the future. The son of Roxanna and Mark Kingston of Ashippun is eligible to receive $2,500 toward his two-year Associate Degree at WCTC.
Michael Puetz is eligible to receive $34,000 ($8,500 a year) as the winner of the Future Leader Award funded by the Thomas Mount family. He was named a Scholar Athlete all four years of high school. He was captain of the varsity tennis team, principal clarinetist for the wind symphony, and a member of the Music, Math, and Spanish Honor Societies. He also held three part-time jobs while being an active volunteer. Teacher say Michael is principled, compassionate and genuinely kind. The son of Michael Sr. and Dawn Puetz of Oconomowoc, he will attend UW-Madison for an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering. His ultimate goal is to become a physician specializing in vascular and muscle mechanics.
William Raskopf is on the National Honor Society, a delegate to Badger Boys State, an Eagle Scout, and a member of Students for Service, Model United Nations, and Junior Statesmen of America. He also ranks 7tth in his class and posted an ACT score of 32. As a Boy Scout, William says he learned that ‘being a leader meant more than simply being the boss, but putting the needs of your fellow scouts above your own.’ He will major in Political Science at UW-Madison and wants to use his interest in history and economics to become a ‘servant leader.’ The son of Ann and Eric Raskopf of Oconomowoc, he is eligible to receive $10,000 over four years as the winner of a Debbink Family Foundation scholarship.
Teachers say Katarina Stone is ‘one of a kind’.. a natural leader with genuine character, a great attitude, and an empathy to help others. She is a member of Best Buddies, Students for Service and the National Honor Society. She also volunteers at her church and a local nursing home, and still finds time to tutor chemistry and work as the head hostess at a local restaurant. The daughter of Jared Schmeling of Oconomowoc is eligible to receive $10,000 over four years. As a child, Katarina loved to play doctor. She will attend the University of Minnesota to study pre-med and biochemistry. Her dream is to join Doctors Without Borders and ‘impact the lives of people around the world.’
Despite suffering from asthma and allergies, David Vowels has been swimming competitively for twelve years and qualified for the state championship every year of high school. His parents are Carl and Michelle Vowels of Oconomowoc. Members of his family have had serious health issues, and David remembers medical professionals who took the time explain things in ways that made sense to a 12-year old. That’s why he wants to be a physician’s assistant – ‘working to keep people healthy and helping them understand when scary things happen.’ He is eligible to receive $10,000 over four years as the winner of another Hilbert Scherffius award presented by the Oconomowoc Scholarship Fund. David will major in Biochemistry at Northern Michigan University.