Park High School honors its student-athletes at 2011-12 Athletic Award ceremonyPark High School handed out the hardware recently at its 13th-annual Athletic Awards Ceremony.
By: Patrick Johnson, Sports Editor, South Washington County Bulletin
Park High School handed out the hardware recently at its 13th-annual Athletic Awards Ceremony.
After an introduction by Park Activities Director Phil Kuemmel, coaches and other community leaders distributed athletic awards to this year’s seniors, with many student-athletes winning multiple awards.
Special awards were presented to R.J. Alowonle, Allie Morse, Allie Thalhuber, D’Monte Farley, Sara Manship, Dorsey Spouls, Alyssa Thiery, Kyle Fritz, Kaitlyn Cornwell, Joey Pierre, Rachel Kothe, Robert Briggs, Megan Diamand and Austin Dickson.
Farley and Thalhuber earned the Honor Athlete Award, Cornwell and Pierre were honored with the Earl Gustafson Award, Thiery and Fritz won the U.S. Marine Corps Award, Kothe, Briggs, Diamond and Dickson were presented with the Pride in the Pack Award and Morse, Alowonle, Manship and Sprouls were officially presented with previously bestowed awards — Alowonle won the school’s Appolo Award and Morse won the school’s Athena Award, which are given annually to the school’s top senior male and female athletes, and Manship and Sprouls were Park’s Triple-A Award winners.
Also highlighting the event was an allotment of community scholarships to Park student-athletes.
Farley was honored with the South Washington County Scholarship, presented by Al Wilkie, a South Washington County Scholarship Committee member and a former longtime Cottage Grove resident. The South Washington County Scholarship was worth $6000 toward college. Megan Krasky and Jennifer Breault were awarded the CGAA Softball Scholarship worth $500. The CGAA Softball Scholarships were presented by Kuemmel, who is also the CGAA Softball Traveling Director. CGAA Baseball President Dan Harrison presented Drew Flack and Fritz with CGAA Baseball Scholarships worth $500 a piece. Fritz also earned the Brad Swanson Memorial Scholarship, presented by Kathy Swanson.
In addition, 25 Park athletes won the three-sport letter award for lettering in three different varsity sports.
The guest speaker at the event was recent University of Minnesota graduate and Park 2008 grad Jackie Voigt. Voigt is the only female athlete in Park High School history to earn All-State honors in three sports – soccer, basketball and track. She started every game for the University of Minnesota women’s basketball team as a true freshman and was the Gophers’ captain for the 2011-12 season.
See a full list of award winners in the June 20 issue of the Bulletin