Rosentreter earns Kohl scholarship
Somerset High School senior Hannah Marie Rosentreter was selected to receive a Kohl Excellence Scholarship from the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation in early March.
Rosentreter, Somerset’s Class of 2014 valedictorian, was one of 100 high school graduates in the state to receive the $1,000 award.
Students who competed for the scholarships were evaluated on leadership, citizenship, school and community involvement, and academic achievement. They were also judged on their ability to clearly articulate goals in four categories: future educational, personal life, community/society service and career.
They had to submit letters of recommendation from a teacher, a guidance counselor or principal, and a community member or family friend.
In her application, Rosentreter said she valued her time participating in the Wisconsin State Honors Music Program because it allowed her to step out of her comfort zone.
“A great thing I learned from the program is that if you work hard enough toward your goal, there is nobody but yourself stopping you from achieving it,” Rosentreter wrote. “The biggest thing I took away from it was learning how to connect with new people. I went there completely alone three out of four years, and I can tell that socially I am more confident with introductions and being myself around new faces.”
The scholarship must be used for tuition, room and board, books, technology and fees for postsecondary education.
Rosentreter plans to attend the University of St. Thomas to pursue a degree in music business.
During her high school career, she has participated in choir, the Dynamics show choir and Student Council all four years; volleyball for three years; track and field, National Honor Society, Freshman Retreat and the SHS dance team for two years; is the student liaison to the Board of Education; and contributed to numerous community activities, including Flip it Forward, the Lions Halloween haunted hayride, Feed My Starving Children, Salvation Army bell ringing, SHS Community Day and volunteering in the high school guidance office.
“When one person does a good deed, the repercussions can be felt, but when a group of people come together for a good deed, the repercussions are undeniably felt,” Rosentreter wrote about community service.
Rosentreter was recognized at a banquet Sunday, March 23 in Eau Claire.