Ten outstanding sophomores recognized by WALSAA

WALSAA Outstanding Sophomore Award winners with WALSAA and CALS leaders. Back row (left to right): Robb Bender, Ryan Rebernick, Samantha Anne Miller, Siddak Kanwar, Sydney Endres, Courtney McCourt, Kate VandenBosch. Front row: Sara Schoenborn, Kelly Wilfert, Elizabeth Endres, McKenzie Rae Rowley, Alexa Roscizewski, Sara Harn.

The Wisconsin Agricultural and Life Sciences Alumni Association (WALSAA) recently continued its proud tradition of promoting student excellence at UW–Madison. After 75 submitted applications, the WALSAA scholarship committee narrowed down its search for the top 10 Outstanding Sophomores through a rigorous prescreening process that focused equally on academic achievement, campus involvement/leadership, community service, and relevant experience. From these 75 applicants, 20 were selected to interview in front of a panel of three WALSAA board members. Ten final awardees were selected based on interview performance.

“In just two years of college, these students are involved in so many things on and off campus,” said Robb Bender, cochairman of the scholarship committee. “It’s difficult to choose just 10 students, and we try to make the process a learning experience – for all applicants.”

Winners of the Outstanding Sophomore Award include: McKenzie Rowley, Loyal, Wis., Life Sciences Communications; Ryan Rebernick, Caledonia, Wis., Biochemistry; Kelly Wilfert, Two Rivers, Wis., Ag & Applied Economics; Sydney Endres, Lodi, Wis., Dairy Science/Life Sciences Communications; Elizabeth Endres, Waunakee, Wis., Dairy Science; Samantha Miller, Oconomowok, Wis., Neurobiology; Siddak Kanwar, Rochester, Minn., Life Sciences Communications; Alexa Roscizewski, Eagle, Wis., Animal Sciences; Sara Harn, Brooklyn, Wis., Dairy Science; and Courtney McCourt, St. Cloud, Wis., Dairy Science.

WALSAA (Wisconsin Agricultural and Life Sciences Alumni Association) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that supports the connection of students, faculty and alumni to the University of Wisconsin’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, known as CALS. Established in 1972, WALSAA has embarked on a remarkable journey of service and fellowship with alumni and friends of CALS.  For more information on WALSAA visit