Four student athletes have been nominated by their school’s coaching staffs as recipients of the 23nd annual Win Brockmeyer Memorial Scholarships, a program administered by the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin.

The 2018 student athletes nominated by their school’s respective coaching staffs are:

  • Trey Buchberger – Wausau East High School
  • Elliot Samuels – Newman Catholic High School
  • Derek Mesunas – D.C. Everest High School
  • Vue Thao – Wausau West High School

From these nominees, a selection committee composed of members of the press, area school athletic directors, and a representative of the Community Foundation, will choose one of these athletes as the Win Brockmeyer Outstanding Senior High School Football Player of the Greater Wausau Area for 2018.  That announcement will be made at a recognition breakfast at 8 a.m. on Friday, December 21, 2018, at the Wausau Country Club.

Each nominee will be honored with at least a $500 scholarship, and the student selected as the Outstanding Player of the Year will receive a $2,000 scholarship.

To be nominated, each student athlete must meet the following selection criteria, as established by the Win Brockmeyer Memorial Committee in 1996:

  • Graduating senior from D.C. Everest, Newman Catholic, Wausau East, or Wausau West High Schools (or any other greater Wausau area high school that develops a football program in the future)
  • Who is an outstanding football player;
  • Achieving recognition by his peers and coaches;
  • Who is a positive role model;
  • And displays the characteristics of:
    • Aggressiveness
    • Courage
    • Physical development
    • Sportsmanship

The Win Brockmeyer Memorial Scholarship Fund was formed within the Community Foundation of North Central Wisconsin by members of the Win Brockmeyer Memorial Committee with donations received from over 125 donors in Brockmeyer’s memory.

Brockmeyer was a legendary high school football coach who excelled in leadership and the development of human potential. His winning football record from 1937 – 1971 covered 34 years at Wausau High School, which served students in the area currently served by D.C. Everest, Wausau East and West, and Newman Catholic High Schools.  The area-wide scholarship recognition program concept provides area-wide participation and recognition, and unites the region in recognition of their outstanding football players.

It also provides an opportunity to tell the Brockmeyer story and focus on his football legacy, uniting the communities in the region through the cooperative selection process.

During the Win Brockmeyer Scholarship Fund’s history, 75 young men have received scholarship awards totaling nearly $65,000.

Previous Outstanding Senior High School Football Player of the Year award recipients include:

2017          Zach Mueller, DC Everest Senior High School

2016         Thomas Dunbar, Wausau East High School

2015         Stephen Paoli, DC Everest Senior High School

2014         Jake Whalen, Wausau West High School

2013         Cole Radloff, Wausau West High School

2012         Logan Taylor, Wausau East High School

2011         Brandon Luedtke, Wausau East High School

2010         Matiah Fischer, Wausau West High School

2009         Tyler Day, Wausau West High School

2008         Anthony Fischer, Newman Catholic High School

2007         Tyler Utecht, Wausau West High School

2006         Joe Gallion, Wausau East High School

2005         Ben Fischer, Wausau East High School

2004         Jordan Hein, Wausau West High School

2003         Andy Crooks, Wausau East High School

2002         Bradley Block, Wausau East High School

2001         Mark Zalewski, Wausau East High School

2000         Jonathon Wanta, D.C. Everest Senior High School

1999         Bounthavy Khamratthanome, Wausau West High School

1998         Derek Abney, D.C. Everest Senior High School

1997         Heath Novitzke, D.C. Everest Senior High School

1996         Timothy Freiberg, Wausau West High School