Ten graduating seniors - five male and one female - have been named Pierce County's 2019 conference scholar athletes. Each year, member high schools of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association are invited to nominate one boy and one girl for Scholar Athlete honors. The program, which is underwritten by Marshfield Clinic, was launched in 1984 to demonstrate the positive impact of interscholastic athletic activities. To qualify for WIAA scholar athlete recognition, 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.
Ellsworth's Mackenzie Kummer and Jared Lansing were chosen to represent the Panthers at the Wednesday, April 3, Middle Border Conference Scholar Athletes banquet.
Kummer, daughter of Charlie and Meghan Kummer, is currently a seven-time letter winner in volleyball (four-time) and softball (three-time). She has a 3.95 GPA (by WIAA grading standards) and is ranked seventh in her class of 112. She has been named three-time All-Conference in volleyball, and three-time All-Conference in softball. Kummer will be attending The Air Force Academy and will be playing volleyball.
Lansing, son of Brad and Kaira Lansing and Dan and Jalene Scovell, is currently a 10-time letter winner in football (four-time), wrestling (three-time), and track (three-time). He has a 3.08 GPA (by WIAA grading standards) and is ranked 70th in his class of 112. Lansing has conference awards in the following: four-time conference wrestling champion, three-time All-Conference track and All-Conference in football. He is also a member of the wrestling team that was back-to-back state champions and two-time state runner-ups, and he competed on the state-qualifying Panther 4x400-meter relay team in 2018. Lansing is undecided on where he will be attending college next year.
Elmwood was represented by Alyssa Peterson and Nic Forster at the Wednesday, April 3, Dunn-St. Croix Scholar banquet.
Peterson was a two-sport athlete in Elmwood, participating on both the volleyball and basketball teams. A knee injury ended her basketball career before her senior season, but she served as an intern coach during the 2018-19 basketball season.
Forster participated in football, basketball, baseball and track and field during his four-year high school career.
Ashlie Miller and Tyler Maxwell were selected as the 2019 Plum City Dunn-St. Croix scholar athletes.
Miller, daughter of David and Tami Miller, is a five-time letter winner in softball (three-time), volleyball (one-time) and dance (one-time). She currently holds a 3.68 GPA and is also active in FFA, band and choir. Miller plans to attend Chippewa Valley Technical College after high school, and she is undecided on her future major.
Maxwell, son of Eric and Angie Maxwell, is an eight-time letter winner in football (three-time), basketball (three-time) and baseball (two-time). He received Dunn-St. Croix All-Conference honorable mention basketball honors in the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons. Outside of athletics, Maxwell is also involved in FFA, band, choir and student council, and he has a GPA of 3.673. Maxwell will also attend CVTC after high school and hopes to pursue a career as an electrician.
Allie Murphy and Carson Stenroos were named Prescott's 2019 Middle Border Conference scholar athletes.
Murphy, daughter of Ron and Katie Murphy, is a three-sport athlete for the Cardinals and is also the class of 2019's salutatorian. Murphy is a multi-year letter winner in volleyball, basketball and track and field. Murphy plans to attend University of Wisconsin-La Crosse but has yet to declare a major.
Stenroos, son of Tina and Jeff Stenroos, has participated in football, basketball and baseball during his high school career. In December 2018, Stenroos learned that he received a National College Match Scholarship through QuestBridge for his top college choice, Davidson College in North Carolina. Stenroos will study mathematics at Davidson College.
Spring Valley was represented by Erin Stans and Dylan Bosshart at the 2019 Dunn-St. Croix Scholar Athlete banquet.
Stans, daughter of Gregg and Gwen Stans, has been a member of the basketball and track and field teams. She was a member of the 4x200-meter relay team that qualified for the WIAA state meet in 2018. Stans plans to attend University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire this fall and will pursue a career as a surgeon.
Bosshart, son of Rob and Sally Bosshart, serves as Spring Valley's co-valedictorian and holds a GPA of 4.0. Bosshart has been a member of the football, basketball and track and field teams throughout his four-year high school career and finished in eighth place in the 110-meter hurdles at the 2018 WIAA state track and field meet. Outside of athletics, Bosshart has also participated in student council and National Honors Society. He plans to attend University of Wisconsin-Stout and hopes to accomplish his career goal of becoming a mechanical engineer.