Scholar Athlete
AJ Hendrickson Named WIAA Scholar Athlete
Posted on 05/05/2017
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STEVENS POINT, Wis.—Sixteen senior girls and 16 senior boys from Mercer to Darlington have been selected as recipients of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Scholar Athlete Award underwritten by Marshfield Clinic.

Included in this year’s group of Scholar Athlete winners will be the 1,000th statewide recipient since the program began in 1984.

To determine the top 32 finalists, four boys and four girls were selected--based on both athletic and academic achievement-- from each of four WIAA divisions. “These extraordinary student athletes excel in both academics and athletics,” said Tom Shafranski, Assistant Director of the WIAA. “Seventeen of this year’s 32 WIAA Scholar Athlete finalists have a grade point average of 4.0 to date, while the average GPA is an amazing 3.95. All 32 scholar athlete finalists have already earned a total of 317 varsity letters during their first 3-1/2 years of high school. That’s an average of 10 letters per athlete, and we have not yet completed our spring sports season.”

An all-time record 861 seniors were nominated for the 2017 WIAA Scholar Athlete Award by 439 high schools throughout the state.

The 2017 WIAA Scholar Athlete Award winners, as well as their families and school representatives, will be recognized at an awards ceremony Sunday, May 7 at the Jefferson Street Inn in Wausau.

Each 2017 WIAA Scholar Athlete Award recipients will receive a medallion and certificate, and will take with them aspecial plaque for display in their school’s trophy case. Keynote speaker will be eight-time LPGA Champion and former WIAA Girl’s Golf State Champion, Sherri Steinhauer.

A live webcast of the awards ceremony will be available at during and after the ceremony beginning at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 7. The ceremony will also be aired on FS Wisconsin Saturday, May 13 at 9:30 p.m.

All student athletes nominated for the award by their high school athletic directors will be presented with a medal at their school in a manner to be determined by the school administration recognizing them as their school’s top male or female scholar athlete.

This year’s list of state scholar athletes features these items of interest:

 • Of the 439 high schools submitting nominations this year, five schools had a WIAA Scholar Athlete finalist for the first time in the 34-year history of the WIAA Scholar Athlete program.

• Cudahy High School has its first WIAA Scholar Athlete, Bailey Eichner.

• Emily Hafemann is the first WIAA Scholar Athlete from Martin Luther High School.

• Hayward High School produced its first two scholar athletes in 2017—Xavier Cummings and Lauren Tremblay.

• Phelps High School had its first WIAA Scholar Athlete, Sawyer Rosner.

• Morgan Reinwand is the first WIAA Scholar Athlete from Loyal High School.

• Darlington High School’s ninth WIAA Scholar Athlete is Will Schwartz.

• Anthony Hendrickson is the eighth WIAA Scholar Athlete from Pecatonica High School.

• Stevens Point Area Senior High’s eighth WIAA Scholar Athlete is Emily Luetschwager.

2017 Scholar-Athlete Award Winners

Boys winners:

Girls winners:

Anthony Hendrickson, Pecatonica High School – 3.90 GPA
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Varsity Letters Earned by Grade

Football – 9, 10, 11, 12
Basketball – 9, 10, 11, 12

Baseball – 9, 10, 11

Team WIAA Success

Football Conference Champion – 11, 12
Basketball Conference Champion – 10

Basketball Regional Champion – 12
Baseball Conference Champion – 10, 11AJ Football
Baseball Regional Champion – 11

Times Named to All-Conference First Team

Football – 3
Basketball – 3
Baseball – 3

Times Named to Varsity Sport MVP

Basketball – 3AJ Baseball

Years Involved in Co-Curricular Activities
Freshman & Sophomore Council – 2 (President)Student Council – 2
National Honor Society – 2
Math Meet – 3

Civic & Community Activities

Volunteered for Community Church Festivals; Volunteered for Youth Sporting Events; Highway Clean-Ups; Volunteered time at the nursing home; Teacher’s Aide at the Middle School; Working one –on-one with students.


High School Academics and Athletics have taught me respectfulness, sportsmanship, leadership, and don’t ever take anything for granted because you never know when you could come upon a season ending injury. Through sports and academics, you learn communication skills that you don’t just gain through everyday life and are things you have to physically go out and experience to achieve them in your lifetime. Communication and leadership have been a huge part of being successful throughout my high school career. No matter what game you are playing whether that be baseball, football, basketball, you must respect the sport you are playing. If you don’t have any respect for the game you are playing and aren’t passionate about the things you do, then why are you even playing them in the first place? Along with respecting the game you love, I have learned and demonstrated many positive things of sportsmanship towards other teams, coaches, and school districts. Throughout everything that academics and athletics have taught me, I think one of the key aspects to take away from it all is to take nothing for granted because you never know when your career could be over. Even if you don’t have a season ending injury, you only have four years in high school athletics and although four years may seem like a long time it really isn’t that long when things start rolling. Academics and athletics have taught me a ton and are things I wouldn’t learn or experience anywhere else.

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