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Raiders award four scholarships to Racine-area graduating seniors

2014 Racine Raiders scholarship recipientsThe Racine Raiders recognized four Racine-area graduating seniors with scholarships during halftime of the team’s 65-13 opening night win over the Leyden Lions. The scholarships were each $500, nonrenewable awards.

A field of 17 applicants were evaluated in four areas: scholastic achievement, athletic participation, community involvement, and motivation in pursuing their goals.

The candidates represented Racine area public and private high schools and submitted resumes that outlined their achievements during their high school years, and visions for their future as they enter college. All 17 candidates submitted impressive and compelling applications which made the task of the scholarship selection committee even more difficult to find that one unique item that separated the applicants from one another.

Sarah Lory

Sarah is a St. Catherine’s graduate whose path will take her to UW-Milwaukee to study Radiologic Technology. She has been a member of the pom squad all four years at St. Catherine’s, the last two on the Varsity squad. She has also coach the St. Cat’s middle school squad for the past three years.

Her community involvement included volunteering at the Little Saint’s Child Care Center and two service tours with Student Today, Leaders Forever.

“I was able to make a difference to someone by doing things I never knew I could do,” Sarah said of her experiences.

Along with theater and Angel Arrangement, Sarah’s interests also include drawing, painting, and playing the piano.

Isabelle Mengesha

Another St. Catherine’s graduate, Isabelle has her sights on UW-Madison in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

“I would like to work with businesses to find solutions which would benefit both the company and the environment,” Isabelle said about her future endeavors.

Isabelle took to the courts all four years of high school as a member of the Lady Angels tennis team. She also noted the camaraderie of the team made it as close to her as her family.

As an “Angel Ambassador,” she has spent volunteer time as a tour guide for the St. Cat’s open house and has helped, as she put it, “confused freshman” adjust to the new world of being in high school.

Isabelle lives with a philosophy of service.

“I believe that if I open my eyes to see what is needed, have the clear intention to help, and am willing to tirelessly work as to lead by example, anything is possible.”

Adhering to that philosophy will leave no doubt as to Isabelle’s future success.

Carissa Naegili

“I do not give up on anything easily and I do not stop trying to accomplish my goals.”

Those words were not heard from a Heisman Trophy winner, but from a three sport athlete and Lutheran High School graduate.

Carissa participated in volleyball, basketball and track all four years at Racine Lutheran. She also was a member of the student council, National Honor Society, and student ambassadors.

Her community service led her to volunteer with HALO and Habitat for Humanity. She has taken her knowledge of volleyball off-the-court to the side of the court when she has worked as a referee for various middle school volleyball tournaments.

Another of our recipients to join up with Bucky in Madison, Carissa will major in English and specialize in creative writing. Her long-term goal is to become an author. The day when Carrisa becomes a New York Times best-selling author, the Racine Raiders will have pride in knowing they had a little something do to get her there.

Kristen Riekkoff

The years in high school leave many with mixed emotions, but there is no doubt how Kristen views here experience.

Referring to her participation in sports and club activities, she said, “They have made me who I am today and I would not want it any other way.”

Kristen has her sights on Carroll University with a major in Exercise Science and Physical Therapy. It was being a patient herself in physical therapy that drew her interest to becoming an exercise and physical therapist. Kristen hopes that once her education is complete, she will be able to return to Racine to provide her services.

A team captain this past year in soccer, Kristen also participated in volleyball and golf. She was secretary for the Horlick National Honor Society and Interact Clubs, along with participating in Link Crew.

Kristen also has a strong devotion to her family and church where she has volunteered with the youth group, youth choir, and nursery.

Her desire to further her education is strong as she states, “I will be the first person in my family to attend college and I am very proud of that.”

It was with pride that the players, staff, and the board of directors of the Racine Raiders presented these four individuals as the 2014 scholarship recipients.