Announcing the 2019 Kohl Award Winners

The Herb Kohl Educational Foundation has announced the 46 private school winners of $496,000 in Principal, Teacher and Student awards to WCRIS schools.

These winners were selected from a competitive field of applicants from across the state and represent the best and brightest in private K-12 schools.

Fourteen Teacher Fellowship award recipients each receive $6,000 and $6,000 for each of their schools. Fourteen Student Excellence and 14 Student Initiative Scholarship winners each receive $10,000. Last year, Herb Kohl raised the student scholarships from $5,000 to $10,000 each.

Four WCRIS principals each receive $6,000 and another $6,000 for each of their schools, from the Outstanding Wisconsin Leadership Award, which is the fourth year of this program.

The Award winners are notified individually by the Foundation. They will be recognized at regional receptions in April. Herb Kohl will attend each ceremony to present the awards, along with WCRIS Board members and staff.

“This is not only a symbol of the hard work and effort of our principals, teachers and students, but a symbol of what our WCRIS schools can achieve,” Executive Director Sharon Schmeling said.

“On behalf of WCRIS, I want to congratulate all the nominees and winners of this year’s awards. We are proud of the hard work you do to make private education in Wisconsin excellent,” Schmeling said.

Principal Leadership Award Winners

Luke Harrison, Cristo Rey Jesuit Milwaukee High School, Milwaukee Lisa Kovaleski, Waukesha Catholic, Waukesha Maria Schram, Saint Mary Parish School, Hales Corners Jean Suttie, St. Patrick Catholic School, Sparta

Teacher Fellowship Award Winners

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Kathy Alcorta, Waukesha Catholic Schools – St. Joseph Middle School, Waukesha Marci Bigler, Brookfield Christian School, Brookfield Deanne Boyce, Saint Paul Lutheran School, Grafton Catherine Burnett, Pius XI Catholic High School, Milwaukee Nici Colwin, Shepherd of the Hills Catholic School, Eden Natalie Doherty, Hales Corners Lutheran School, Hales Corners Dona Frank, St. John the Baptist Catholic School, Jefferson Christine Goulet, Xavier Catholic Middle School, Appleton Rachel Jensen, Mary Queen of Saints Catholic Academy, West Allis Justin Kuehl, Notre Dame Catholic Middle School, Chippewa Falls Kelli McGreevey, Xavier Catholic High School, Appleton Erin Mehlberg, Saint Paul Lutheran Grade School, Stevens Point Sherry Patton, Pacelli Catholic Middle School, Stevens Point Eileen Snodgrass, Heritage Christian School, New Berlin

Student Excellence Award Winners

Bonnie Raechal Beres, Divine Savior Holy Angels High School, Milwaukee Abigail Buxa, Lakeside Lutheran High School, Lake Mills David Chrisbaum, Pius XI Catholic High School, Milwaukee Cade Christensen, St. Mary’s Springs Academy, Fond du Lac Crystal DiBiase, Saint Joseph Catholic Academy, Kenosha Grace Flynn, Edgewood Catholic High School, Madison Rachel Hubbard, Valley Christian School, Oshkosh Amal Khan, University School of Milwaukee, Milwaukee Katya Konopacki, Roncalli Catholic High School, Manitowoc Krista Krien, Catholic Central High School, Burlington Anna Little, Saint Mary Catholic High School, Neenah Olivia McTrusty, Sheboygan Area Lutheran High School, Sheboygan Laura Sokup, Regis Catholic High School, Eau Claire Shelby Strandberg, Divine Savior Holy Angels, Milwaukee

Student Initiative Award Winners

Michaela Bradham, Grace Christian Academy, West Allis Jacqueline Dixon, Living Word Lutheran High School, Jackson Joshua Dudek, Sheboygan Lutheran High School, Sheboygan Melvin Hood, Milwaukee Lutheran High School, Milwaukee Sergio Jara-Reynoso, Marquette University High School, Milwaukee Joshua Layton, Saint Johns Northwestern Military Academy, Delafield Bennett Loersch, Luther High School, Onalaska Noah Mason, Rock County Christian School, Beloit Michelle Mitchell, Dominican High School, Whitefish Bay Elaine Nevin, Catholic Central High School, Burlington Sebastian Sykora, McDonell Central Catholic High School, Chippewa Falls Evan Tillman, Divine Savior Holy Angels Catholic High School, Milwaukee Anna Van Riper, Aquinas Catholic High School, La Crosse Marley Wesenberg, Lourdes Academy, Oshkosh

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