Platteville’s Tricia Serres and Belmont’s Kailee Kamps were two of just 32 senior student athletes (16 boys, 16 girls) that were named as a 2012 WIAA Scholar-Athlete statewide last Thursday.
Each year member high schools of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Associations are invited to nominate one boy and one girl for the Scholar Athlete honors. The program, which is underwritten by Marshfield Clinic, was launched in 1984 to demonstrate the positive impact of interscholastic athletic activities.
To qualify for WIAA Scholar Athlete recognition, a nominee must have earned at least four varsity letters through the first half of his/her senior year and must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
In addition to local awards, 32 of the more than 700 students nominated each year are selected for statewide recognition. Four boys and four girls in each of the four WIAA divisions are honored at a ceremony held on the first Sunday of May each year in Wausau.
Serres, the daughter of Rob and Heidi Serres, has earned eight varsity letters in cross country, basketball, and track and field, as well as several all-conference and all-state awards in both cross country and track. Serres is a four-time individual cross country conference champion and four-time state qualifier in the sport. She has won multiple individual conference championships in track, is a two-time state champion in the 4x800 relay, three-time team MVP, and has led the Platteville girls’ track team to three Southwest Wisconsin Conference titles. She is also an honor roll student, a member of National Honor Society and ranked first in her class of 122.
Kamps, the daughter of Dave and Jackie Kamps, in a 10-time letter winner in volleyball, basketball and track and field. She is a three-time, first-team all-conference selection in both volleyball and basketball, and is the school’s all-time leading scorer on the hardwood. This past winter she led the Braves to a 21-4 record and the Belmont girls’ basketball program’s first-ever conference title. Kamps won the 2010 state WIAA D3 championship in the discus and is a three-year state qualifier in track and field. She is a three-time team MVP in basketball and track, and a two-tim MVP in volleyball.
Plattevile senior John Donovan joined Tricia Serres as Platteville High School’s 2012 WIAA Scholar Athlete nominees. Both will receive medals from the WIAA at the school’s awards ceremony in May.
Donovan, the son of Tim and Anne Donovan, has earned varsity letters in cross country, boys’ basketball and track and field. Donovan won a conference track title in the 4x400 relay, helped the Hillmen boys win a third straight SWC team title, and advanced to the WIAA state meet with the 4x800 relay last spring. This past fall he earned second-team all-SWC honors in cross country and helped the Hillmen finish second at conference and fifth at sectionals.
Graduating seniors Logan Bollant and Sammie Simon have been named Iowa-Grant High School’s 2012 WIAA Scholar Athletes and will receive their medals from the WIAA at the school’s awards ceremony in April 25.
Bollant earned all-conference honors in both football, wrestling, and was a three-time individual conference champion and two-time state qualifier in wrestling.
Simon is a two-sport athlete that excelled in volleyball, and softball. She was a three-year starter and two-time, first-team all-conference selection in volleyball. She is also a two-year starting shortstop and honorable mention all-league selection in softball.