Lakeland College senior Callie Olson, a religion and nonprofit organization double major from Middleton, Wis., was named the winner of the 51st annual Clarence H. Koehler Award, the college's top award for undergraduate students. The award was announced at the annual Honors Banquet on April 6.
Olson, who will graduate on May 1, amassed an impressive resume of leadership and involvement during her time at Lakeland.
The Koehler Award is presented each year to a Lakeland senior who best exemplifies "The Lakeland Spirit" by his or her participation in and support of the college's programs and activities. To be eligible, graduates must complete all four undergraduate years at Lakeland and maintain a high level of academic achievement.
Olson has represented Lakeland on the national level, serving as a member of the NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the NCAA Division III Championships Committee, roles that included attending meetings at the NCAA's headquarters in Indianapolis, Ind.
She served internships with the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice in Sheboygan Falls, Wis., United Way of Sheboygan County, Faith United Methodist Church in Sheboygan Falls and Asbury United Methodist Church in Madison, where she also served as youth ministry assistant.
Olson was a four-year member of the Lakeland women's basketball team, and was a team captain as a senior. She also served Lakeland as a resident assistant, an orientation leader, a campus ambassador for admissions, a game manager for athletics and a religion tutor.
She is the recipient of a Lakeland Presidential Scholarship and a multi-time member of the college's Dean's List, and was named 2015 Outstanding Student in Religion.
"I learned at Lakeland how to excel in the classroom not because it was easy, but because I was challenged and stretched in ways I never thought possible," Olson said. "I was pushed outside my comfort zone to observe, analyze and interpret this world we live in. I believe I am truly an example of how this college can help an individual discover gifts and talents they didn't know they had."
The award is named for the Rev. Clarence Koehler, who graduated from the college in 1937 and from the seminary in 1939. He later became a member of the college's board of trustees, and was chairman of the board in 1957 when he passed away at age 48.
The Rev. Koehler was an outstanding student and participated in numerous activities on campus, including music, athletics, student publications and managing the campus bookstore. He maximized his college experience, and this award honors that spirit.
Other winners at Wednesday night's banquet included:
Outstanding Student in Accounting: Thomas Panzer
Outstanding Student in Hospitality Management: Janel Weir
Outstanding Student in Marketing: Hollie Erdmann
Outstanding Student in Business Administration: Mitchell Fucile
Erroll B. Davis, Jr. Award: Steven Canales
Outstanding Student in Communication: Amanda Smith
Outstanding Music Student: Siera Ramirez
Outstanding Music Education Student: Tia Pribbernow
Outstanding Theatre Student of the Year: Tia Pribbernow
Outstanding Student in Writing: Leah Ulatowski
Outstanding Student in Education: Karissa Anderson
Outstanding Student in Spanish: Chloe Reed
Outstanding Student in Spanish: Janel Weir
Outstanding Senior in Biology: Cassandra Mueller
Outstanding Senior in Chemistry: Audrey Nichols
Outstanding Student in Exercise Science: Alyssa Ciepley
Outstanding Student in Exercise Science: Trista Barron
Outstanding Student in Mathematics: Michele Marquardt
Outstanding Student in Aviation - Smooth Operator Award: Peter Ludolph
Outstanding Student in Criminal Justice: Matthew Derse
Outstanding Student in Criminal Justice: Hollie Blum
Outstanding Student in History: Suzette Rosas
Outstanding Student in History: Steven Wodrich
Outstanding Student in Psychology: Grace Vos
Ellen J. Kregel Athletic Award: Callie Olson
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Outstanding Student at Lakeland College Japan: Andressa Sacht
Leah Ulatowski, Katherine Zielsdorf, Stephanie Burgardt, Cassandra Mueller, Kaitlin Deschane, Megan Gomez, Heather Ross
Amanda Bagnall-Newman, Trista Barron, Steven Canales, Megan Gomez, Bailey Grayvold, Le'Shay Jones, Emma Landowski, Danielle Livingston, Peter Ludolph, Karalee Manis, Jacob Nault, Suzette Rosas, Heather Ross, Amanda Smith, Brooke Wilder-Corrigan, Samantha Williams, Katherine Zielsdorf