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Class of 2016 Hall of Fame

Winnebago Lutheran Academy Hall of Fame – 2016

“You Will Be My Witnesses” Acts 1:8

Valedictorian –Cassandra Gliszinski

Our valedictorian for the Class of 2016 is Cassandra Gliszinski.  Cassie is the daughter of Brian and Annette Gliszinski and is a graduate of Grace Lutheran Grade School in Oshkosh.  During her years at WLA Cassie played Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball, and participated in the Math Meet.  Cassie also represented WLA at Badger State Girls and volunteered for Project Net, a mission opportunity in Otsego, MI.   Her plans for next year are to major in BioMedical Engineering at Milwaukee School of Engineering..  Thank you for all of your service during your years at WLA and God’s continued blessings to you, Cassie!

Salutatorian— Mitchell McFarlane

Our salutatorian for the Class of 2016 is Mitchell McFarlane.  Mitch is the son of Tim and Debbie McFarlane and is a graduate of Faith Lutheran Grade School, Fond du Lac.  While at WLA Mitch was a three sport athlete playing Football, Basketball, and Baseball.  Mitch also participated in the Math Meet.   Mitch will be attending Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa in the fall majoring in Actuarial Science.  God’s continued blessings to you Mitchell!

Viking Council – Abraham Klein

Our Viking Student body president Abraham Klein has been a member of this Viking leadership team for the past four years.  Taking the initiative to manage, lead, and carry out the many tasks of our Viking Council can be a daunting task but Abraham has taken it in stride. Under his leadership we can be thankful for a great homecoming celebration, a successful Freshman lock-in, and a fun time with the lip-dub this year.  He plans on attending Fox Valley Technical College in the fall.  God’s blessings as you continue to use your God-given gift of leadership, Abe.

Forensics – Abigail Mildebrandt

Though public speaking itself can be a challenge, to truly excel in it takes much more than just getting in front of people and talking. The speaker of the year award is given to those who show dedication to the art of public speaking through continued practice and improvement throughout their years, taking initiative to put together a challenging piece, attending practices, and incorporating feedback into each and every performance. Abby has demonstrated these qualities througout the past four years, using her talents to give excellent showings at conference and state levels. God’s blessings on your future work!

Band – Cody Schuh

Cody Schuh is the 2016 WLA Band Hall of Fame selection. He is also the recipient of the John Phillip Sousa award, indicating him as a top musician and leader in our program.   He was selected as a participant for a number of WELS Band Festivals.  Cody played baritone and piano for WLA musical productions.  He is also a two year member of the WLA Percussion Ensemble.  Cody served as a leader by his dedication to performing at a high level and his desire to learn more and improve upon his music. His level of performance has brought other musicians in our program to a higher level in their own performance.  

Drama – Hannah Clark

Hannah has been a major part of the WLA Drama Department over the last four years. With humble beginnings in Annie, she has grown immensely in her skills and has definitely taken on some challenging roles, such as the Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music and Belle in Beauty and the Beast. Hannah has also pushed others to improve their talents both in practices and through Drama Club events, cementing her as this year’s hall of fame recipient. Congratulations, Hannah, and blessings on your efforts to continue in this field!

Choir – Hannah Clark

Through her excellent work ethic in and out of class, Hannah Clark has earned the hall of fame for choir in 2016-2017. Not only has Hannah been a leader in her section, she unselfishly helps out anyone in choir who needs help. On numerous occasions, Hannah has lead the Traveling Choir in rehearsal when their director was sick or had to be away and she has earned all of her classmates’ respect. Hannah pushes everyone, including herself, to do their very best musically..  Hannah has been a soprano in choir for four years and has sung both soprano and alto in Academy Kids for the past three years.  During her four years at WLA, Hannah has performed in 20 different solo ensemble events at the district level, all class A, the highest class. Sixteen of these events went to State, where she earned 10 firsts and 6 seconds, more than any other WLA music student has in the past decade. God’s continued blessings to you, Hannah, as your continue your Christian education at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, MN this fall!

Cross Country –Sammi Freund

Sammi was a four-year runner and served our Vikings as captain her senior season.  She lettered for three seasons and was twice name All-Conference Honorable Mention and was once named All-Conference Second Team.  Most importantly, Sammi will be remembered for her great enthusiasm, pleasant attitude about everything and positive leadership in our sport.  She truly modeled what it is to be a Christian athlete.  Sammi will be attending UW-FDL next year and we all wish her God’s greatest blessings in her future!  

Volleyball – Cassie Gliszinski

Cassie has been an integral part of the Viking volleyball program over the past four years. During the 2015 season she brought leadership as one of the captains as well as much energy. She was regularly able to bring smiles to the faces of her teammates and coaches. She also was a natural at bringing the team together as a family by encouraging her teammates. As a middle player, Cassie often affected the direction of a match with her blocking and hitting skills. Her hard work and great attitude led to an honorable mention all-conference award for the 2015 season. Congratulations, Cassie,  and God’s blessings as he guides you in the years to come.

Football –  Mitchell McFarlane

The accolades speak for themselves.  Two time all-conference unanimous selection; 2nd in conference player of the year voting his junior and senior seasons.  All region selection.  Since entering the WLA Viking football program, Mitch McFarlane’s God-given abilities have been abundantly on display. Opponents had to know where he was on every play and schemed on how to limit his impact on the game.  More often than not, though, schemes were negated by Mitch’s explosiveness and speed.  A captain the past two years, Mitch’s talents are something not often seen on a high school football field.  Mitch will attend Drake University this Fall in order to enter their actuary program.  He has been granted preferred walk on status by the Drake football program, a Division 1 FCS school.

Boys’ Soccer – Justin Kraus

Justin played sweeper, the position, except for goalie, farthest away from the offensive goal.  As a result, sweepers rarely get to accumulate gaudy statistics, even though it is arguably the most important position on the field.  So, we must let Justin’s accomplishments speak for him.  Justin was the first sweeper in WLA boys soccer to be a three year starter at that position.  Justin was named unanimous first-team all conference as a junior.  He was again named unanimous first-team all conference as a senior.  He was voted the Player of the Year in our conference as a senior, the first sweeper to be so honored.  And finally, Justin was recognized as Area Player of the Year by the Fond du Lac Reporter.  All of these accolades were well deserved by a young man who consistently worked to improve himself and the team and always represented Christ to the best of his ability.  May God continue to bless you, Justin, as you have been a blessing to WLA soccer.

Cheerleading – Katarina Glish

Kat has been a key part of our cheer and stunt team for 4 years as a member of football cheer, basketball cheer, competition team, and four man competitive stunt groups.  Kat has always brought a lot of energy and enthusiasm to the team.  We have watched Kat mature and learn how to focus her energy and skills as she demonstrates dedication and hard work every practice, game and competition.  Kat did not lead by words but rather by action as she was always willing to step into any role that was needed.  She always showed that problem solving was better than excuses.  We were blessed as coaches to watch Kat mature not only as a cheerleader, but emotionally and spiritually as well.  Kat- thank you for your hard work and leadership.  God’s blessings!

Girls’ Basketball – Cassie Gliszinski

Cassie was a two-year starter for the Vikings and served as captain her senior year. With a combination of hard work, size, and agility, she defended the opponents’ best perimeter players and also was a match up problem for opposing defenders. As a senior, Cassie led the Vikings to 16 wins, the most since 2011. Opposing coaches honored Cassie with an all-conference honorable mention award for her fine play in 2016.

Boys’ Basketball – Mitchell McFarlane

Mitch had one of the greatest careers in WLA history.  His name is all over the basketball recordbook and as a senior he was able to lead his team to a Conference Championship!  Mitch’s list of accomplishments were met through hard work, dedication and with great leadership.  Mitch earned 4 varsity leters, was a captain for three years and was a four year starter.  Additionally, Mitch has accomplished or been recognized in the following ways:

  • 2015-16 First Team All Conference
  • 2015-16 Player of the Year (Flyway Conference and FDL Reporter)
  • 2015-16 AP All State Honorable Mention
  • Selected to the 2016 WBCA All Star Game
  • 13-14, 14-15 2nd Team All Conference
  • 2nd All Time Single Season Scoring (461 pts)
  • 4th All Time FG Made – Season (160)
  • 8th & 10th All Time – Points in a Single Game (32 – Laconia; 31 – Omro)
  • Only the 3rd player in WLA history to score more than 1000 points
  • 2nd All Time Leading Scorer (1195)

Congratulations on an excellent career at WLA and God’s Blessings Mitch!

Wrestling – No Hall of Fame this year

Track– James Huey

James Huey is this years choice for inductee into the WLA Hall of Fame for Track and Field. James was a four year Varsity letter winner, certainly a difficult task to accomplish. Through his career at WLA, he has accumulated nearly 300 varsity points, most of these through individual events. James has been blessed with a wide varity of athletic gifts, allowing him to excel in many events including the 400m (52.14), 300 hurdles (42.32), the anchor for the 4x400m and 4x200m relays, and triple jump (41’6.5”). These marks have allowed him to be a constant contender in high competition invites, at the Sectional Meet, and God-willing, the possiblitiy of the WIAA State Meet in La Crosse. James has competed with the confidence, yet humility that all of our younger athletes should emulate. His passion for track and field is evident by his hard work both in and out of season. Congratulations James, and God’s blessings to you in the years to come.

Girls’ Soccer – Cassie Gliszinski

Cassie was a four year member of the WLA soccer team and a three-year starter.  As a freshman, she contributed to an undefeated conference championship.  As a junior she was voted first-team all conference.  In this,  her senior season, Cassie is having a season that ranks up there with the all-time greats of WLA soccer.  As of this writing, she is leading the conference in scoring by a wide margin and is sixth in the state in goals.  Cassie lets her love of soccer show through in her tireless efforts in games and in practice.  She encourages others vocally and by her example.  She is a wonderful example of Christian leadership on the team.  Congratualtions, Cassie, and God’s blessings on your future endeavors.

Softball – Samantha Freund

Samantha Freund is this year’s inductee into the WLA Hall of Fame for softball.  Sam has been a member of the varsity softball team for all four of her high school years, starting each of those four years.  Sam has a real passion for the game of softball, and besides pitcher, could play virtually any position on the softball field.  Sam was been an honorable mention all-conference player during her sophomore and junior years, as she has consistently batted over .300 and sparkled defensively in the outfield, infield, or at catcher.  Sam has mastered the art of sacrifice bunting, to the point where the sacrifice often becomes a base hit because of her speed.  During her senior year, she has once again shown the younger girls what it takes to be part of a winning Viking softball program, showing the way with enthusiastic encouragement of teammates, her hard work at practice, her caring and smiley attitude, and her leadership on and off the field.  The Lord has greatly blessed Sam with her softball abilities and she has greatly contributed to the WLA program these past four years.  Thank you, Samantha, for everything you have given to WLA softball, and God’s richest blessings in your future endeavors!

Baseball – Mitch McFarlane

A 4 year starter on Varsity, this individual will finish his baseball career at WLA in the next few weeks as a 4 time conference champion (hopefully depending on how the season ends). Some of his individual career accomplishments include top 10 in games played in, wins in games played in, stolen bases, and with a strong finish, top 10 in career hits. He should also be a 2 time all-conference selection by years end. To go along with those personal accomplishments, he was a blessing to be able to coach on a daily basis 3 months each year during the baseball season. For these and many other reasons, I would like to select Mitch McFarlane as the 2016 Hall of Fame choice for baseball. Congratulations Mitch on this accomplishment.

Golf – Chris Colla

Chris Colla has set a new bar for WLA golf.  He holds every record at WLA and has accomplished some remarkable things during his career.  Chris’ work ethic and determination have led to his success on the golf course.  In his time at WLA, Chris has been awarded four Varsity letters.  He has also accomplished and been recongized for the following achievements:

  • 2013 tied 3rd at the State Championship
  • 2014 & 2015 Sectional Champion
  • 2013, 2014, 2015 Flyway Conference Player of the Year
  • 2015 4th Place finish at State
  • 2013 – Led his team to WLA’s only conference championship
  • 2014 & 2015 First Team All State
  • 2016 Viking Invitational Champion
  • 2014 WIAA Individual Champion
  • School Record for 18 Holes: 68 @ University Ridge: 2014 State Championship
  • School Record for 9 Holes: 33 @ Utica GC: 2016