$5,000 Male Winner
Cannon Cooley • Waukesha, WI • Waukesha South High School
“Participation in athletics has offered irreplaceable experiences and opportunities for me in all areas of my life. Life is a sport, and sports are just practice for the real thing, which is why my athletic participation has me well-equipped for my future."
Cannon Cooley is a three-sport athlete and has maintained a 4.37 GPA throughout his four years at Waukesha South High School. Cooley was named an All-Conference quarterback, placed First Team All-Conference in baseball two years running, and has received the Sportsmanship Award in basketball his sophomore year. He is also a gifted musician performing in the Wisconsin School Music Association State Piano Solo where he received the Star Exemplary Performance award. Cannon is a member of the Southminister Presbyterian Youth Group and has completed numerous mission trips, both at home and internationally.
He will pursue a liberal arts degree with the goal of a career in industrial/organizational psychology. He has been accepted to the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Chicago.
$5,000 Female Winner
Claire Monzel • Menomonee Falls, WI • Rufus King IB World School
"The Wisconsin Sports Awards brought together a whole state of athletic leaders, and overall good people, many of whom were recognized for their commitment to the communities they play in. Attending the Wisconsin Sports Awards was a reminder of the passion and dedication needed to excel in the game, but also of the responsibility to be a role model for others."
Claire Monzel is captain of both the Rufus King girl’s varsity volleyball and softball teams and has received both First and Second Team All-Conference recognition in volleyball and softball. Along with maintaining a 3.69 GPA, Claire is a member of the National Honor Society, the Rufus King Student Government and is a link crew leader, in which she assists and mentors freshmen during the transition to high school. Claire has volunteered countless hours on mission trips to help connect teens with communities in need, sorting food at the Hunger Task Force, serving meals at the Agape Meal Community Center and teaching softball drills to inner-city girls during the Rufus King All-City Summer Softball Camp.
Claire will attend Drake University – College of Pharmacy in Des Moines, Iowa, where she will pursue a doctor of pharmacy degree with the goal to become a critical care pharmacist.
$2,000 Male Winner
Alexander Van Dyke • Union Grove, WI • Union Grove High School
"Basketball has had a huge impact on my life. It has taken me many places, helped me meet many different people, helped me persevere through hard times and influenced my future."
Alexander Van Dyke has led his school varsity basketball team in scoring, rebounds and blocks, and finished first in the Southern Lakes Conference for blocks and second for rebounds during his senior year. He has maintained a 3.78 GPA throughout his four years at Union Grove High School while volunteering at numerous community organizations. Alex serves as an ambassador for Make-A-Wish Wisconsin where he shares is story of battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia with media and helps raise grant funds for Wisconsin kids living with life threatening medical conditions. He is a member of the Children’s Champion Club of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin where he assists with fundraising efforts, a First Connection volunteer where he talks with kids who have been recently diagnosed with leukemia and is also a volunteer at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS).
Alex will attend the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh where he has been accepted into the Honors Program in the College of Business and will play basketball for the Titans.
$2,000 Female Winner
Kaitlin Squier • Appleton, WI • Appleton North High School
"It feels wonderful to receive this scholarship award. This means my hard work and dedication to sports, school and my community are being recognized. I am truly grateful to Cousins Subs for this opportunity."
Kaitlin Squier is the captain of both the cross country and girls track teams at Appleton North High School. She has earned seven varsity letters and was a key contributor to her championship winning Conference and Sectional cross country team. Squier was a State Qualifier in cross country in 2012 and 2014. In track, she was a Regional Qualifier in 2012-2014 and a Sectional and State Alternate Qualifier in 2014. She has upheld a 3.88 GPA while participating in school organizations and volunteering with the Special Olympics, Fox Cities YMCA, Make-A-Wish Foundation and has assisted with a multitude of community events throughout the Appleton area.
Kaitlin will attend Carroll University in Waukesha, Wis., where she will begin the entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy program.