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Renneker Award

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RennekerThe Renneker Award honors the memory of Kristin Renneker, a member of the Lakota Class of 1992. This award, and an accompanying scholarship, have been given annually since Kristen’s death in an automobile accident in January of 1992. Kristen was a starter on three varsity basketball teams and a letter winner on two varsity soccer teams. She earned All Greater Miami Conference Academic Awards in both sports. Kristin was also widely respected for giving freely of her time to numerous service activities for the betterment of her school and her community. This award is given at the end of each school year to the senior female athlete in each Lakota high school who best exemplifies the positive qualities of athleticism, academic achievement, and community service for which Kristin Renneker was known. The Renneker Scholarships, each currently in the amount of $2000, are made possible by the generosity of the many friends of Kristin Renneker and her family.

Historical Note: An Evergreen tree was planted in Kristin’s Memory just inside the entrance to the Hopewell soccer stadium where it may be seen today along with a plaque denoting it as a memorial to her. Hopewell was the Lakota home soccer field for both Kristin and her teammate Laura Hicks, the first Renneker Award winner. Hicks was in the same automobile accident that took Kristin’s life but recovered to finish the 1991 basketball season earning All GMC First Team and All GMC Academic honors.
A plaque outside Lakota West’s Main Street Arena lists the names of the Lakota West winners shown below.

Renneker Award Winners From Lakota West

1998
Kristin Russo
Volleyball
1999
Tonya Click
Softball
2000
Jill Hemsworth
Volleyball, Basketball
2001
Laura Peters
Softball, Soccer
2002
Tara Swift
Volleyball, Basketball
2003
Valerie Eifert
Volleyball, Basketball
2004
Jenny Ng
Soccer, Basketball
2005
Brianne Eisenhard
Soccer
2006
Sally Ogle
Volleyball
2007
Jessica Sears
Bowling
2008
Lizzie Van Vactor
Volleyball
2009
Brigit Reder
Soccer, Basketball
2010
Kara Mcmanus
Cross Country
2011
Megan Shroder
Golf
2012
Donna Green
Swimming
2013
 Julie Green  Swimming
2014
Kat Burbrink  Softball
2015
Blake Fishman  Basketball
2016
Kelly McManus  Cross Country, Swim, Track
2017
The minimum criteria for consideration for this award are:1. Candidate must be a graduating female athlete who earned a varsity letter in her senior year.2. Candidate must have been involved in school and/or community service activities.3. Candidate must have demonstrated high academic achievement earning at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average for their four high school years. For more details concerning this award, the judging criteria, or the application procedure contact any Lakota High School Athletic Department Office.
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