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Raiders Continue to Award Scholarships

Scholarship GraphicThough the Racine Raiders canceled their 2020 season over COVID-19 concerns, the team still awarded four scholarships to graduating seniors from Racine County’s eight high schools. The scholarships are a one-time, $500 award based on the students grade point average, involvement in the community, and participation in athletics as a player, manager, youth sports coach, cheer, or pom team member. The scholarships are given in the name of notable past Racine Raiders members.

Gary Suhr Memorial Scholarship – Awarded to Connor Esch of Union Grove High School
Connor is looking to attend Iowa State University pursuing a degree in Agriculture Systems Technology. While at Union Grove, Connor was a two-sport letter-winner. He lettered three years in football and was named Second-Team All-Conference and All-County offensive lineman. He was a two-year letter winner in wrestling. Outside of school, he was involved with the Yorkville 4-H, Racine County Fair, and the Union Grove Future Farmers of America (FFA).

Jean Mooney Memorial Scholarship – Awarded to Sophie Wentorf of St. Catherine’s High School
Sophie is headed off to La Crosse to the UW-La Crosse School of Education. She has always loved working with kids and will be fulfilling her lifelong dream of becoming a teacher. At St. Catherine’s, Sophie played basketball, volleyball, and soccer. In four years of basketball, she played varsity for three of them and earned team captain, Second-Team All-Conference, and All-County Honorable Mention. Outside of school, she is active at her church parish and with Rotary Club special needs prom. After college she plans on returning to the Racine area.

Herb Hoppe Memorial Scholarship – Awarded to MacKenzie Reischl of Horlick High School
Also heading to UW-La Crosse, Mackenzie will study Exercise and Science with a Pre-Med track and eventually plans to be a physician. Swimming since the age of seven, Mackenzie has participated with the Southeastern Aquatics Swim Team and has qualified both as a YMCA State Champion and National YMCA State Qualifier. She swam all four of her years at Horlick and was elected team captain and most valuable player this past year. Outside of school, she is active organizing blood donor drives and donor education.

Len Ziolkowski Memorial Scholarship – Awarded to Chas Miles of Burlington Catholic Central High School
Staying closer to home, Chas is planning to attend the Milwaukee School of Engineering for Mechanical Engineering. To remain active in athletics, he will have to forego the sport he loves, football, to play the second sport he loves, baseball. Chas should have no problem with that since at Catholic Central, he was a three-sport athlete in football, baseball, and basketball. Outside of school, Chas has been a country boy at heart. Since the first grade, he has shown livestock at the Kenosha County Fair from pigs to turkeys, along with some building projects. Through the Youth Government Program, Chas served one year on the Kenosha County Fair Board. Chas also has been involved in his church parish in New Munster.

The Raiders organization awards four scholarships each year not only to recognize student athletes for their achievements, but to give back to the communities that have long supported Racine Raiders football. Information on the application process is available from each of the school’s guidance and career offices and through the Raiders website at www.racineraiders.com.

To all 29 applicants who applied this year, the players, coaches, volunteers, and Board of Directors of the Racine Raiders wish you all the very best in reaching your academic and life goals.