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Recognized for Leadership in School and Community

Madison…State Representative Joan Ballweg (R-Markesan) presented her 14th Annual Joan Ballweg Leadership Scholarship last month to five outstanding students across the 41st Assembly District. Each scholarship winner received their award from Rep. Ballweg during their school’s awards night.

“These scholarships are awarded to students who are active in and outside of the classroom, achieve good grades, and are role models and leaders among their community,” said Ballweg. “Every spring, I enjoy learning about all of the student leaders in the 41st Assembly District. This year’s group of leaders are driven and inspiring, and I know they will continue to do great things as they go on to pursue their degrees.”

The recipients of the 2018 Joan Ballweg Leadership Scholarship each receive a $500 scholarship. This year’s winners are:

Morgan Krueger, Markesan High School, is a well-rounded student leader. Her strong work ethic has led to success in both academics and athletics. She is active inside and outside of the classroom, serving as a class officer and treasurer of Markesan’s National Honor Society. She is the Valedictorian of this year’s senior class. She hopes to be active in the Pharmacy Club and tutoring program at Concordia University of Wisconsin, where she will be attending in the fall.

Morgan Damm, Ripon High School, is a true go-getter, with a very diverse set of interests. Morgan is involved in Ripon High School’s National Honor Society, served as a member of her school’s student council, played volleyball and softball (serving as team captain for volleyball, and being recognized by WIAA as RHS’s Scholar Female Athlete), sings in three choirs, and also finds time to volunteer for Diverse Options and the Ripon Education Foundation. She will be attending UW-Madison next fall, where she will study Retail Merchandising.

Keaton Klaus, Adams-Friendship High School, is very devoted to his studies and his community. Keaton took a wide variety of Honors and AP Classes, served on his student council, is the National Honor Society President, and has led numerous community service projects. He will be attending UW-Whitewater and will be majoring in political science.

Hannah Walther, Princeton High School, is an outstanding student who is involved in a wide variety of activities in her school and community. She is involved in National Honor Society, volleyball, softball, basketball, band, served as student council president, and was involved in Badger Girls State. Amidst this, she managed to find time to volunteer in her community and at her church. She will be attending Marian University in the fall, where she will pursue a degree in nursing and a minor in child development.

Tanner Weber, Markesan High School, is a very engaged student, athlete, and citizen. He has been involved in football, served as captain for the MHS golf and wrestling teams and became the first state wrestling champion for Markesan High School, served as a Badger Boys State Delegate and Senator, and also volunteered for County Line Lutheran Church Bible Camp for the past three years. Tanner will be wrestling for UW-Platteville, where he will be studying Criminal Justice. He hopes to become a police officer.

“Congratulations to each of this year’s recipients,” said Ballweg. “You’ve excelled as student leaders, and have made your parents and community proud. Your next challenge is to take what you’ve learned through these experiences and go forward, making Wisconsin a better place for us all.”

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