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2007 Scholarship Winners

The Scholarship committee of the World Championship Musky Classic recently awarded a $4,000.00 scholarship to three Lakeland Union High School seniors.  The scholarships are given each year to North Lakeland area students who will be attending an institution of higher learning.  The purpose of this scholarship is to honor Ben Bendrick, a conservation warden who dedicated his life to the preservation of the natural resources of the State of Wisconsin.  His efforts, on behalf of all of the people of the North Lakeland area, serve as an inspiration and a model, which recipients of this award may emulate while building their own productive lives. 

Three very deserving candidates received the award this year. 

Sarah Schmitz, from Manitowish Waters, has volunteered for many organizations over the past several years, including North Lakeland Boy Scouts, youth basketball, and the Frank B. Koller Memorial library.  She will be attending UW-LaCrosse in the fall and plans a career as a literary editor.  Sarah feels that her life was greatly impacted by the nurturing environment at North Lakeland, and would like to be able to help others discover the happiness that learning and reading have brought to her.

Pictured WCMC President Beth Kebl presenting award Sarah Schmitz

Angela Spagnoli is from Boulder Junction and plans to pursue a degree in Marketing and Communications, with an emphasis on Public Relations.  During her four years at Lakeland, she has been involved in forensics, National Honor Society, DECA, tennis and dance, and has been an avid volunteer for numerous community service projects.  She looks forward to continuing her community service efforts at UW-LaCrosse, and feels it is a rewarding aspect of our society. 

Pictured WCMC President Beth Kebl presenting award Angela Spagnoli

Emily Parris, of Boulder Junction, is a 3 sport athlete. She played 4 years of volleyball, basketball, and softball while at Lakeland Union High School. She would like to continue playing volleyball at UW-Stevens Point, where she will be pursuing a degree in Elementary Education.  Emily always knew that she wanted to be a teacher.  She was on the Honor Roll all four years of high school, and was All-Conference in both volleyball and basketball.

Pictured (R-L) WCMC President Beth Kebl, Emily Parris, Emily's mom.

The Bendrick scholarship is administered by the World Championship Musky Classic, a not-for-profit corporation, and is funded partially from entry fees, contributions and magazine revenues.  Over the years, many organizations have donated thousands of dollars to help North Lakeland area students attend the schools of their choice.  For more information on the World Championship Musky Classic or the Ben Bendrick Scholarship, please contact Beth Kebl at: (715) 543-2657. 

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