Prep notebook: Brett Harms one of 32 State Scholar Athletes

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Gazette staff
Sunday, April 27, 2014

Whitewater High senior Brett Harms has been named one of the 32 State Scholar Athlete recipients by the WIAA.

Harms was one of four Division 2 boys recipients. Four boys and four girls are selected from each of four WIAA divisions based on both athletic and academic achievement. The 32 selections were chosen from a list of 825 nominated candidates at 425 high schools in the state.

Harms carries a 3.88 grade point average and has been a member of the student council, National Honor Society, Spanish Club, Lead Dog and FBLA.

In athletic competition, he is a nine-time letterwinner, including four times in cross country. He’s a three-time cross country conference and sectional champion and a two-time track and field conference and regional champion, with his senior season still ongoing. He has also earned two letters on the basketball court.

“I have stressed the importance of academics throughout my life,” Harms said in part of his essay to the WIAA. “Naturally, athletic involvement has improved my success in academics. It is statistically proven that students involved in athletics advance more in the classroom than students who are not involved.”

Harms is the fourth Whitewater student to be named a WIAA Scholar Athlete, joining Amy Cooper (1987), Carissa Converse (1997) and Amber Converse (2000).

“Brett earns a spot on a very short list of Whippet athletes to accomplish this feat and is the first male to do so,” Whitewater Athletic Director Jeff Behrens said in a release. “Whitewater High School is very proud of Brett and the hard work that he put forth inside and outside the classroom.”

Harms, who will run at UW-Whitewater next year, will be recognized at a ceremony on Sunday, May 4, in Wausau.

Delavan-Darien makes record-setting MACC Fund donation

The Delavan-Darien boys basketball program donated a program-record $3,761.50 to the MACC Fund’s fight against childhood cancer.

The money was raised through pass-the-bucket donations at home games this season, a breakfast fundraiser at The Waterfront Restaurant and a charity game. More than $1,000 was raised at the recent charity game.

“We want to thank all the staff and alumni who volunteered,” Comets coach Bob Beighton said in a release.

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