Stephanie Peitersen recognized for making it better

Oconto Falls senior awarded $7,500 scholarship from Cousins Subs foundation

Times Herald Staff

Oconto Falls High School senior Stephanie Peitersen reacts to the news that she has been awarded a $7,500 scholarship as the first-place female winner of the Wisconsin Sports Awards Scholarship Contest. (Contributed photo)

Stephanie Peitersen was surprised last week by a group of special visitors with a big check to further her education.

Peitersen, a standout athlete and active student at Oconto Falls High School, was the first-place winner in the statewide Wisconsin Sports Awards Scholarship Contest for a $7,500 scholarship. The contest is sponsored by Cousins Subs and its Make It Better Foundation.

She will be recognized at the Wisconsin Sports Awards event in Milwaukee on Aug. 22. The Wisconsin Sports Awards is an exclusive VIP event celebrating the finest Wisconsin athletics in high school, collegiate and professional arenas.

Peitersen was selected as a finalist due to her exceptional academic acumen, volunteer work and achievements in three Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) sanctioned sports — volleyball, softball and basketball.

Peitersen became the volleyball team captain her senior year, and is very active in the Future Business Leaders of America, where she currently serves as the president of the Oconto Falls Chapter and last year placed first at FBLA State and 14th at FBLA Nationals. Her leadership skills also led to her participation in Badger Girls State, as well as Destination Education, a 14-hour project where members of the community came together to make a plan for the future education of Oconto Falls.

As a scholar athlete maintaining a 3.9 GPA through numerous advanced courses, Peitersen has proven her commitment both in the classroom and on the court/field. She also possesses a strong willingness to get involved through her work as president of FBLA, vice president of National Honor Society and as a student council representative to the Oconto Falls School Board.

Any high school senior who is graduating in 2018, has participated in a WIAA-sanctioned sport and has excelled in academics and community service, can apply for the scholarship. Following the contest entry period, the Cousins Subs Make It Better Foundation board of directors awards scholarships to four finalists — two $7,500 scholarships to one male and one female and two $2,500 scholarships to one male and one female.