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Some of Lakeland College's best and brightest students have been honored over the past 45 years as winners of the Clarence H. Koehler Award. Awarded annually since 1965, this honor is named for Rev. Koehler '37, and goes to a full-time student at the main campus who qualifies academically and who "best exemplifies Lakeland's spirit" through his or her engagement in campus activities and exemplary commitment to the Lakeland community.
The college's faculty, staff and students select the winner. The selection process involves two rounds of balloting, first to identify 10 finalists and then to select the winner of the award. This year's finalists are an impressive group who have received numerous honors and scholarships and been involved in the life of the campus and the greater community in a multitude of ways.
One of these individuals will be named the 2010 Koehler award winner at the Graduation Celebration Banquet on Saturday, May 1. On the eve of their transition from Lakeland students to Lakeland alumni, the Office of Alumni Relations would like to honor all 10 of these exceptional students by making note of each student's achievements. We think you'll agree that these members of the class of 2010 have much to offer.
K.C. Blahnik played basketball and softball all four years of college, is the reigning conference player of the year in both sports and served as captain of each of those teams for two years. She was named Athletic of the Year for 2009-10. She was a resident assistant for two years, and was named R.A. of the month in October, 2009. She has received numerous academic scholarships, the Kuehn Achievement Award, and has appeared seven times on the Dean's List. A member of Mortar Board, she was a psychology tutor for three years, and has been involved in Conversation Partners, Muskie Shoot-Outs, Kiel Basketball Camp and other camps and community-related projects.
Céline Elzinga played varsity soccer and was received Scholar Athlete All-Region Honorable Mention, one of six players in the Northern Athletics Conference to do so. She made the Dean's List all four years of college. She participated in Lakeland College Student Art exhibitions from 2007-2010, including her senior art show in January, 2010. A member of Mortar Board, she served as president/student representative to the Student Association and was involved in many service-related projects including Relay for Life, the Malawi Book Drive, the Boar's Head Festival and a CORE III project with the Boys and Girls Club of Sheboygan.
Jessica Hopfinger is the recipient of the Marinus J. Kregel Athletic Scholarship, and the Kohler Scholarship. She was the president of Colleges Against Cancer and the chair of Relay for Life on Lakeland's campus in 2009 and 2010, after having assisted with the event in 2008. She was a member of the Lakeland women's soccer team for four years and vice president of the Student Association in 2008-09.
Hannah Lane received numerous academic scholarships and was on the Dean's List all four years. She was the president of Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish National Honor Society) and studied abroad in Spain for eight weeks. She was a Spanish tutor, an English Language Partner, and a Spanish teaching assistant. She also participated in Lakeland's Choir, Stage Crew and Habitat for Humanity projects. She was a resident assistant from 2007-09, and also provided written and oral translation services to various college projects.
Jessica Lillie received the Otto Byk Scholarship, the Helen Boatwright Scholarship for music and the Presidential Grant. She has been a member of the Frauenchor for four years, is a writing tutor, and editor-in-chief of The Lakeland College Mirror and assistant editor of Seems. She has organized or assisted at numerous community fundraisers. She has been a resident assistant for three years, and received the Outstanding Residence Life Staff Member of the Year Award in 2009. She was also recognized for features writing at the 2010 Best of the Midwest College Newspaper Convention.
Brittanie Paulus received a Presidential Scholarship and is on the Dean's List. She was president of the Student-Athletic Advisory Council for two years and organized food drives and Project Lynus. She was the captain of the Women's volleyball team for three years and All-Region for two years. She has been involved in Relay for Life, the Criminal Justice Club and the Criminal Justice Book Drive.
Markus Savaglio has received the Rath Distinguished Scholarship, the J. Garland Schilcutt Scholarship, Who's Who 2009 and 2010, and Outstanding Student Awards in Resort Management (2008-09) and Business Administration (2007-08). He is the founding president of the Circle K International Lakeland College Chapter, a member of Zeta Chi Fraternity and a volunteer at many community venues. He is also a member of the Concert Choir, the Lakeland Singers and the Schilcutt Handbell Ensemble.
Philip Sontag received the Dean's Academic Scholarship all four years and won the Who's Who Award both his junior and senior year. He played basketball all four years and was team captain his senior year. During his sophomore year, the team won the conference championship. He has been involved in Make a Difference Day all four years and was the public address at men's and women's volleyball matches his junior and senior years. He has been a member of SAAC, Conversation Partners and the Seems staff for three years.
Kevin Strowder has received the J. Garland Schilcutt Scholarship and the Ebenezer Scholarship. He was recognized as Outstanding Student Leader for 2008 and 2009. He has been involved in many community organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Visiting Nurses Association of America, the Boys and Girls Club, and many others. He has been the president of the Black Student Union, vice-president, secretary and treasurer of the Beta Sigma Omega Fraternity, vice-president and choreographer of UNITIES Dance Group, secretary of the Inter-Greek Council, a three-year orientation leader and campus ambassador, a resident assistant and Homecoming King (2008).
Brittany Wierzbach has received the Quentin and Delores Moeschberger Scholarship and the Presidential Scholarship. She was recognized in Who's Who and was awarded Outstanding Student in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy. She is a member of Mortar Board. She has been involved in numerous community projects including Adopt-a-Highway, Giving Tree, Teddy Bear Toss and Sexual Assault Awareness Week. She is a member of Phi Delta Omega Sorority. She has been president and vice-president of the Concert Choir and also sings in Frauenchor, Lakeland Singers and is a member of the Schilcutt Handbell Ensemble.