GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - Highlighted by over 40 student-athletes walking across the stage at commencement ceremonies Saturday at the Kress Center, Green Bay Athletics was well-represented this weekend during UW-Green Bay graduation events. At Saturday's commencement, Kayla Tetschlag (Sheboygan, Wis.) shared her thoughts on her time in college as the class speaker.
Tetschlag, a four-year standout on the Green Bay women's basketball team, was selected by the Office of the Provost for her distinguished honor. A business administration major with minors in Spanish and international business, Tetschlag graduated magna cum laude. She finished her career on the women's basketball team this past March by leading the squad to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament after being named the co-Horizon League Player of the Year.
Numerous student-athletes were also honored on Friday night at the University Leadership Awards Program. Jeff Cook (Rhinelander, Wis.), a member of the Green Bay Nordic ski team, was awarded the Outstanding Student Award by the UW-Green Bay Alumni Association. Cook graduated Saturday summa cum laude after completing majors in environmental policy and planning, political science and public administration.
Of the 30 students awarded the Chancellor's Leadership Medallion, seven were connected to Green Bay Athletics. The receipients included Tetschlag and Celeste Hoewisch (Hortonville, Wis.) of the women's basketball team, Regina Elmer (Stillwater, Minn.) of the women's Nordic ski team, Travis Mathers (Baraboo, Wis.) and Allison Thut (Green Bay, Wis.) of the swimming and diving teams, Leah Korger, previously of the softball team, and Steven Teclaw, who served as a volunteer assistant coach on the men's Nordic ski team. The medallions acknowledge both academic excellence and leadership demonstrated throughout the students' careers on campus.
University Leadership Awards were also handed out on Friday, with seven student-athletes and a team manager receiving the honor given to those who contributed to the growth and development of a student organization and/or exhibited a commitment to community service. Honorees included: Josh Bautch (Wausau, Wis.) of men's soccer, Dustin Dietrich (Kiel, Wis.) of men's swimming and diving, Carolyn Freeman (Ely, Minn.) and Lindsey Marshall (Shoreview, Minn.) of women's Nordic Ski, Karli Koralewski (Muskego, Wis.) and Whitney Schott (Roscoe, Ill.), Hannah Quilling (Eau Claire, Wis.) of women's basketball and women's basketball manager Nellie Schafer.
Kayla Tetschlag Commencement Speech