|Two Antigo High School seniors, Joseph Reineke and Stephanie Hanke, were named the 2014 Elks of the Year Wednesday evening at the annual Elks lodge banquet honoring scholarship recipients, the students selected as exemplary in area high school program and their parents.|
Brian Blink, who heads the Elks youth programs for Lodge 662, explained that the northern Wisconsin community served by the lodge, had great students enrolled this year.
“When it came to the selection of the two Teens of the Year, it was extremely tough,” Blink told the big crowd. He stressed that the students were active in a number of school and community programs and had excellent grades that further complicated the judging.
There was quite a field of students to choose from.
During the past school year, the teens selected for the award included Blake Kirsch, Alexandra Falk, Joseph Reineke, Morgan Burkhart, Daniel Bradley, Cassius Noskowiak, Stephanie Hanke, MacKenzie Parise, Colin Bastle, Justin Hickman and Chelsea Payant, Antigo; Samantha Wickersheim, Brandon Helmer and Julia Boyd, White Lake; and Bobbi Jo Schauer, Trevor Novak, Elcho.
Gary Cernoch, who serves as exalted ruler of the lodge, introduced Robert Anderson, who heads the successful scholarship program.
He named Julia Boyd of White Lake and Sara Cottrell of Crandon, both recipients of $1,000 scholarships through the Antigo lodge and national organization. Boyd will be attending the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, and Cottrell, the University in Platteville.
Recipients of lodge scholarships for $200 were Blake Kirsch, Brittany Wald, Brett Haakenson and Garret Grabowsky, all of Antigo.
Angel Budd was selected as the recipient of the technical college scholarship.
Cernoch, Blink, Anderson and other members of the Elks teens and scholarship committee said they are anxious to get started with the young people for 2014-2015.
At the annual spring Elks Lodge 662 youth program Wednesday evening, Joseph Reineke and Stephanie Hanke, center, both seniors at Antigo High School, were selected as Teens of the Year. They are shown with Tricia Johnson and Brian Blink, who guide youth activities for the Elks and Gary Cernoch, right, exalted ruler.