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ELK MOUND — The Elk Mound High School Alumni Scholarship Fund has awarded scholarships to six graduating seniors in the the Elk Mound High School Class of 2020.
To be considered for a scholarship, the students had to write an essay, which was scored by a panel, and then they also participated in an interview, which was different than any other live interview we have done — it was done virtually with the school counselor, Hugh Goodrich, as the moderator.
Goodrich was at EMHS, the students were in their own homes, and the scholarship committee members were in their own homes, listening and watching. A unique experience — but a sign of the times.
Hailey Blaskowski is the winner of a $1,000 scholarship.
Hailey is the daughter of Adam and Jennifer Blaskowski. She plans to attend UW-Madison to study biology with a pre-med intent.
Extra curricular activities Hailey participated in were volleyball, basketball and softball. She was also the student representative on the Elk Mound Board of Education and a member of the prom committee.
In addition, Hailey was a member of the E-Club and the National Honor Society. She volunteered at the Community Table as well as at Our House Senior Living Memory Care.
Addie Grossbier, daughter of Randy and Stephany Grossbier, also was awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
She plans to attend Iowa State University to study agriculture business.
Addie was active as a 4-H member and served as president of the Elk Meadow 4-H Club and as the vice-president. She also participated in the Dunn County Horse Project and served as president and vice-president. She was a member as well of the Future Business Leaders of America and served as secretary.
Addie participated in judging livestock in Area Animal Science Days and also on a state level. She worked at the annual horse project tack swap for four years.
Community activities included helping serve at her church’s ice cream social and also to pack Christmas gifts for needy children. She helped with Ruby’s Pantry and the Dunn County United Way Carnival. She also planted flowers at the Mound Hill Park in Elk Mound.
Kendall Nigon is the son of Michael and Barbara Nigon.
Kendall is enrolled at Minnesota State University in Mankato. His field of study will be Mechanical Engineering.
He was awarded a $500 scholarship.
School-related activities included band, FFA, Student Council, class president, National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, baseball, powerlifting, golf and serving as a freshman mentor during orientation.
Community activities included visiting area nursing homes, Ruby’s Pantry, Tuesday’s Table, Eau Claire Community Table, Feed My People, Feed My Starving Children and as a volunteer at Onefest, a Christian music festival in Chippewa Falls.
Kendall also worked as a set-up or clean-up person at community events such as craft fairs, graduations, school concerts and powerlifting events. Kendall worked the Turkey Trot, too, and umpired Little League games and coached the church softball team.
The Turkey Trot is an annual event at Mound View Elementary for students and their parents on the day before Thanksgiving vacation starts.
Sophie Cedarblade received a $500 scholarship.
She is the daughter of Mark and Shelly Cedarblade and is enrolled at UW-LaCrosse to study finance.
Sophie’s extracurricular activities included softball, volleyball and basketball. She was a member of the Future Business Leaders of America, a student representative on the Elk Mound Board of Education and a member of the National Honor Society and the Elk Mound High School E-Club.
Community volunteer activities included the Eau Claire Community Table, Feed My People Food Bank and the Elk Mound High School Live-stream. She was an employee at The Natural Touch Landscaping and Green Point.
Amanda Holzer, the daughter of Kelly Holzer, received a $500 scholarship.
Amanda plans to attend UW-Milwaukee to study Conservation and Environmental Science.
Extracurricular activities included Science Olympiad, Academic Decathlon, archery, band, color guard, choir, theater, cheerleading, E-Club, golf, dance and National Honor Society.
Community activities Amanda participated in were Dunn County Democrats, Dunn County Humane Society, working at the concession stand, craft sale babysitting, Feed My People, Bolton Refuge House, the Polar Plunge and Holt International.
Seth Hazen, the son of Kyle and Natalie Hazen, received a $500 scholarship.
He is enrolled at UW-Madison to study Industrial Engineering.
Seth’s extracurricular activities included track and field, cross country, Science Olympiad, Academic Decathlon, Forensics, National Honor Society and Student Council.
Community activities included Boy Scouts of America, karate and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.