Chancellor Scholars 2015

Tatiana Arreguin, Chancellor Scholar

Tatiana Arreguin

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Beloit, Wisconsin

Arreuin biography

Tatiana Arreguin was a member of the National Honor Society while attending Beloit Memorial High School and was an Academic All-Star. She enrolled at UW-Platteville this fall.

In addition, Arreguin graduated in the top six percent in her high school class and was a Porter Scholar.  She took classes at Beloit College while still in high school and was able to learn basic Chinese.
Grace Austin, Chancellor Scholar

Grace Austin

Major: Biology and Spanish
Hometown: Wilton, Iowa

Austin biography

Grace Austin has an extensive list of honors and activities from her time at Wilton High School in Wilton, Iowa, including being a member of the National Honor Society. She was also the president of the student council, established a Free Little Library in the city, served as president of the 4H club, and graduated at the top of her class, among others.

“In terms of education and career, my highest aspiration is to help others,” she said. “My long-term goal is to become a successful physical therapist. I want to live and work in a place where my physical therapy, Spanish talents, and volunteer work will combine to help others and add value to the community.”
Haley Jahnel, Chancellor Scholar

Haley Jahnel

Major: Environmental Engineering
Hometown: Appleton, Wisconsin

Jahnel biography

Haley Jahnel was a member of the National Honor Society while attending Appleton North High School. She also served as a volunteer at a local non-profit organization and was involved with various clubs at her high school.

“I know that one day I will be an environmental engineer who works with animals, hopefully endangered ones, helping them live a safer and content life,” she said.
Sadie Kolodziej, Chancellor Scholar

Sadie Kolodziej

Major: Biology
Hometown: Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Kolodziej biography

Sadie Kolodziej entered UW-Platteville following a high school career filled with various awards. She earned the Robert Pederson Memorial Leadership Award, was high school FFA president for two years and was a Wisconsin State High School Quiz Bowl champion. She was also the vice president of the National Honor Society.

Following graduation, Kolodziej hopes to further her education by applying to physician assistants school.
Zoey Krawczyk, Chancellor Scholar

Zoey Krawczyk

Major: Chemistry
Hometown: Rolling Meadows, Illinois

Krawczyk biography

Zoey Krawczyk was a member of the National Honor Society during her time at Rolling Meadows High Schools in Rolling Meadows, Ill. In addition, she was an AP Scholar with honors, was an Illinois State Scholar and earned an Illinois achievement award and a WINGS Young Volunteer Award, among other honors.

“My short-term and long-term goals are the same; to impact the world around me and help bring more good into this world,” she said. "While many people my age have a vague plan, I have known exactly what I wanted to do since seventh grade. I have wanted to study chemistry with a criminalistics emphasis, while minoring in forensic investigation.”
Josh Louma, Chancellor Scholar

Joshua Luoma

Major: Environmental Engineering
Hometown: La Crescent, Minnesota

Luoma Biography

Joshua Luoma was involved with the jazz band, marching band, and concert band while in high school and was also an active volunteer.

He prepared for his environmental engineering major by taking college chemistry and college calculus classes in high school. “Engineering requires academic excellence and a commitment to provide solutions to the world’s problems,” he said. “These classes were my favorites not because I received college credit or an excellent grade, but because I gained a valuable understanding of the universe.”
Anton Pohl, Chancellor Scholar

Anton Pohl

Major: Engineering Physics
Hometown: Plymouth, Wis.

Pohl biography

Anton Pohl enrolled at UW-Platteville this fall after a decorated career at Plymouth High School. Pohl’s experience includes being a member of the National Honor Society, earning a spot on the high honor roll, and finishing in second place twice at the state FFA Nursery Landscape competition. “In both the immediate and distant future, I plan to make the most of life, cherishing the positive events and transforming the negative ones into learning experiences,” he said.
Matthew Smeester, Chancellor Scholar

Matthew Smeester

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Denmark, Wisconsin

Smeester biography

Matthew Smeester was a member of the National Honor Society at Denmark High School in Denmark, Wis. He was also the vice president of the student council, earned an academic letter, placed 10th in the world during the 2014 Destination Imagination competition and earned placement on the honor roll throughout high school.

“Destination Imagination is what shaped my education and career goals,” he said. It drove me to become an engineer and led me to take a defined interest in mathematics and the sciences.”
Autumn Voegeli, Chancellor Scholar

Autumn Voegeli

Major: Psychology
Hometown: Beloit, Wisconsin

Voegeli biography

Autumn Voegeli entered UW-Platteville this fall from FJ Turner High School in Beloit, Wis. where she was a member of the National Honor Society. She was also on the high honor roll throughout high school and served as a tutor throughout her high school career.

Upon graduating from UW-Platteville and later earning a master’s degree, Voegeli plans to become a counselor. “I would love to make a difference in the life of a troubled child.”
Caleb Weber, Chancellor Scholar

Caleb Weber

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Rice Lake, Wisconsin

Weber biography

Caleb Weber had a full high school career at Rice Lake High School. He was a member of the National Honor Society, served as a student mentor and was a junior volunteer at the public library, among other activities.

“In the long term, it is my goal to graduate with honors as an engineer and to obtain my professional engineering license,” he said. “For a career, my future goal is to work up the career ladder to a management position.”