Badgerette Gives Back

We are please to sponsor “Kicking For A Cure” to help the fight against breast cancer, the Badgerette Senior Scholarship Fund celebrating deserving HS Seniors and the Badgerette Hall of Fame honoring mentors who have made a difference in the pom and dance community. Our philosophy is based on sportsmanship, respect, discipline, integrity and appreciation!  We encourage you to get involved and contribute to one of these wonderful Badgerette programs!


Badgerette Kicking For a Cure ~ Breast Cancer Campaign

We are so proud of the efforts and our special partnership with the SE Wisconsin Susan G. Komen organization for the past 19 years! Thank you to the 2017 Badgerette Kicking For A Cure Team: Allegro Eminence Senior All Stars ($250), Allegro Eminence JR Elite ($250), Brookfield Central HS ($220), Brookfield East HS ($370.30), Germantown HS ($485), Germantown Pixie Poms ($160), Germantown Pixie Dust ($110), Germantown Power Poms ($1,620), Germantown Spark ($130), Greendale HS ($243.12), Muskego HS ($390), Nathan Hale HS ($690), Pius XI HS ($210), Madison Memorial HS ($200), St. Thomas More HS ($120), Washington Park HS ($432) & Wauwatosa Esprit Seniors ($836). We featured over 325 dancers, coaches and parents raising a total of $6,816.42! Thank you for joining the cause, raising awareness in your schools and communities and being a special part of the Milwaukee Race for a Cure! To date, we have raised $171,082.66 for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation! Congratulations to our TOP 2, 2017 fundraising teams: Germantown Power Poms, and the Wauwatosa Esprit Seniors (*earning 2018 Badgerette Camp Scholarships)! Please join us in September 23 , 2018 at the Milwaukee Lakefront for our 20th Race!


Badgerette Senior Scholarship Fund 

We are thrilled to honor deserving High School Senior dancers with college scholarships annually. Badgerette Pom Pon, Inc. has awarded over  $59,500 in scholarships since 1994! The support of teams, coaches, parents, local businesses and alumni has made this possible. Thank you for your continued contribution to the future of these fabulous young leaders.

CONGRATULATIONS to our 2017 Badgerette Scholarship winners: CAROLINE SCHREINER- Brookfield Central HS attending UW-Madison awarded $1,000, KATIE RHOTEN- Eau Claire Memorial HS attending Gustavus Adolphus College awarded $1,000, SAMI STROEBEL- Germantown HS attending UW-Madison awarded $ 500, HALEY TOETZ- Greendale HS attending Marquette University awarded $ 500 & ALANA TILL- Eau Claire North HS attending the UW-Madison awarded a $500 ScholarshipOur 2018 Scholarship Entry is now open and due by 4/2/18. Please help us by donating to this great fund celebrating deserving student dancers!

If you would like to contribute, please send donations to:  BADGERETTE SCHOLARSHIP TRUST- P.O. Box 510038, New Berlin, WI 53151

2017 BADGERETTE SENIOR SCHOLARSHIP CONTRIBUTORS:

PLATINUM LEVEL:

  • Leigh & Tony DiMambro
  • Arrow Millwork & Cabinetry, Inc.- Chris Caskey & Daryl Wendlick

GOLD LEVEL:

  • Liz & Mike Bergan
  • Kelli Kwiatkowski

SILVER LEVEL:

  • 2017 Summer Camp Contributing Teams: Allegro Eminence Seniors, Allegro Eminence JR Elite, Asa Clark Middle School, Beloit Turner HS,  Brookfield East HS, Chetek-Weyerhauser HS, Cudahy All Stars, Cudahy HS, Edgewood HS, Germantown Power Poms, Germantown Spark, Grafton HS, Greendale HS, Hamilton Sparklers, Illinois Spirit, Madison West HS, Mukwonago HS Varsity, Pius XI Catholic HS, Sun Prairie HS JV & Sun Prairie HS Varsity

in honor of Marilyn "Mrk" Mrkvicka

Marilyn "Mrk" Mrkvicka lost her battle to cancer in October 2014. She was the coach of the Washington Park HS Pom team for 32 years, Badgerette Hall of Fame Honoree, true friend and loyal supporter of all things Badgerette, pom and dance. She dedicated her life to the students she taught and coached at WPHS and she was so very proud of them all. Mrk loved education and she loved Badgerette... what a fitting memorial for a dear and loyal friend! Our 2015 Marilyn “MRK” Mrkvicka Senior Scholarship was awarded to Madison Polk. We dedicate our annual, KFC, breast cancer campaign to the loving memory of MRK!

BADGERETTE SENIOR SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS:

2016 ~ Caryn Mueller, Madison Memorial HS, WI * 2016 Badgerette Spirit ~ 45th Anniversary Honorary Recipient

I have successfully completed semester one of my amazing college adventure in the “Big Apple”. My dream has been to be a  professional dancer ever since I was little. Today I am living out that dream in the best city in the world at Pace University. Everyday I wake up surrounded by talented and driven people who push me beyond my limits and inspire me to achieve all of my goals. On top of having access to some of the best dance training I have ever received, the school also fulfills my desire for strong and interesting academics. An added bonus is that I get to do it alongside fellow Badgerette staff member, Kathleen Laituri. Thank you Badgerette for your support in helping me chase my dreams!  Being a part of your program has changed my life immensely.

2016 ~ Gabi Kim, Arrowhead HS, WI

Once again, I want to say thank you for the incredible generosity of this scholarship. I am currently working towards a major in Industrial and Systems Engineering and a certificate in Sustainability at UW-Madison.  So far, my college experience has been full of lots of dancing with the UW Dance Team at Badger Football and Basketball games and in preparation for UDA Nationals in January! I am so thankful to have the opportunity to continue to do what I love at such an amazing university...and I'm thankful for all the experiences that high school dance team and Badgerette have given me. I wouldn't be where I am without them!

2016 ~ Sydney Nelson, Brookfield Central HS, W

I can't begin to thank Badgerette enough for all the wonderful opportunities and experiences I was given throughout my time in high school. The support I received to help in my desire for a higher education is appreciated beyond words. I am currently attending The University of Alabama and absolutely love it! During my first semester, I was able to pursue new experiences and friendships on campus. Through joining a sorority, I have been blessed to have the ability to form lifelong friendships in a sisterhood. I am also apart of my dorm's residential community organization where we work on fixing problems students see on campus. School has been going great, and I have loved all the classes I have been taking. Adapting to this transition and new adventure has been worthwhile, and I look forward to the time I have ahead. Thank you again Badgerette for your endless love and support in helping me pursue my dreams. 

2016 ~ Maria Heinen, Greendale HS, WI

I have absolutely adored college thus far. I never knew rural, ho-dunk Michigan would be the place l would call my home, but it has shown to be the perfect fit for me. I have been making long-lasting relationships with both my peers and professors, have found a dance outlet in Hillsdale’s Tower Dancer Company, and am continually challenged in my faith life and education every day. The people I have met are genuine, kind, and very supportive of me and my endeavors, including the publishing of my personal style blog: www.theroseandcurl.com. I felt so ready to go to college for so long before I could actually attend, and that entire lead-up time was well worth it. College has defied all of my expectations and I feel so blessed to have found a place that I can completely be myself. Thank you again for giving me so many wonderful opportunities that have served to shape me into the woman I am today. I am forever indebted to my team and your program for making high school a growing and teaching experience for me.

2015 ~ Angela Mahrt, Brookfield East HS, WI

2015 ~ Danielle Carruth, Eau Claire North HS Varsity, WI

2015 ~ Madisen Polk, Washington Park HS, WI * 2015 Marilyn "MRK" Mrkvicka Honorary Recipient

2015 ~ Lauren Guzikowski, Oak Creek HS, WI

2015 ~ Natalie Hodgkiss, James Madison Memorial HS, WI

2014 ~ Laura Wester, Brookfield East HS, WI

I have been staying extremely busy within the Dance Department at Kent University, and this past semester had the opportunity to participate in our pre-professional dance company, The Kent Dance Ensemble. Last winter, I was also able to study abroad in Bangkok, Thailand and will be going to Florence, Italy this summer where I will participate in the OPEN FLR dance intensive. While abroad in Thailand, I had the opportunity to collaborate with a group of students working toward their Master’s degree and teach a variety of classes including modern, jazz, and technique in exchange for learning classical Thai danceIn the future I plan to pursue my Master’s in Higher Education Administration at NYU and strive to continue to have a positive impact helping others. I cannot begin to thank Badgerette enough for the incredible opportunity that I have been provided with and know for a fact that I would not be where I am today without the organization. It taught me so many valuable life skills and has shaped me into the individual I am today. Nothing puts a smile on my face more than seeing how it continues to impact the lives of young women and influence people in a positive way. Badgerette taught me the importance of teamwork, cheering on my friends and peers, how to stay poised and sophisticated, all while keeping a bright smile on my face. I am so thankful that Badgerette gave me the opportunity to chase my dreams! 

2014 ~ Ashley Gavigan, Oconomowoc HS, WI

I am now a junior at UW-Madison and am enjoying life as a college student! I am majoring in Biology and getting a certificate in Global Health. I will be applying to PA schools starting this spring, and hope to continue my education at UW-Madison by attending PA school here after I graduate. I have been on Dance Elite, the official club dance team at UW, for three years now and am so glad I have been able to continue my love and passion for dance in college. I am co-president of the club this year, and I have enjoyed being more involved in leading and growing the club. I have attached a picture of my team at our most recent competition, at which we won first place in both the collegiate lyrical and collegiate hip hop divisions. I am also involved in volunteering at a local hospital, and I work as a caretaker for a woman with special needs a couple days a week.I want to thank you and the Badgerette organization again for giving me this scholarship. It has helped me continue on in my education and, in turn, encourage my future dreams. This is a wonderful and inspirational organization for young women across the Midwest. I am so lucky to have been able to experience all that the Badgerette organization is.

2014 ~ Katie Horneffer, Brookfield East HS, WI

I'm currently a junior at Vanderbilt University, majoring in Medicine, Health, and Society with plans to go into public health.  I've had an amazing experience so far at Vanderbilt— I've gotten to meet some incredible people, and I've had a lot of fun exploring Nashville!  I've had the opportunity to sing in a choir, dance in several cultural showcases, and get involved in planning my school's multicultural recruitment weekend.  Next semester, I'm looking forward to traveling to Brazil over spring break as part of a global health research project!  Thank you, Badgerette, for all of your support!

2014 ~ Sophia Olmos, St. Thomas More HS, WI

I would like to thank you once again for the wonderful opportunities you have given me throughout my high school years and beyond. I'm happy to say that I continue to dance with a team on campus at Northwestern University, and was elected captain this year.  I use the leadership and team building skills that I learned throughout my Badgerette experience with my team every day, and it has made us fierce friends and dancers. I'm glad that there is a program like this to teach girls that dance lessons are for life. I also am continuing with my Biology major and am now a Global Health minor. I've secured a Pharmaceutical Consulting internship for this summer that I'm very excited for. Finally, this spring I'll be studying abroad in South Africa! I can't wait to see how that will go, as I've heard only good things about the program!

2013 ~ Sarah Scheuer, Greendale HS, WI

2013 ~ Abbie Taylor, Brookfield Central HS, WI

2012 ~ Mara Kuzmanovic, Greendale HS, WI

2012 ~ Kaitlyn Duchniak, Oak Creek HS, WI

2012 ~ Natalie Kay, Oconomowoc HS, WI

2011 ~ Emily Davidson, Brookfield East HS, WI

2011 ~ Stephanie Awe, Kettle Moraine HS, WI

2011 ~ Carly Doctor, Pius XI HS, WI

2010 ~ Tori Mayo, Nathan Hale HS, WI

2010 ~ Sara Wainscott, Aurora Christian HS, IL

2009 ~ KrisAnne Madaus, West Allis Central HS, WI

2009 ~ Samantha Magyar, Oak Creek HS, WI

2008 ~ Colleen Woyak, Cudahy HS, WI

2008 ~ Sarah Tjader, Germantown HS, WI 

2007 ~ Jessica Kanitz, Greendale HS, WI

2007 ~ Kayla Oppermann, Brookfield East HS, WI

2006 ~ Jenna Franklin, Germantown HS, WI 

2006 ~ Kristin Radomski, Catholic Memorial HS, WI

2005 ~ Lindsey Einseidel-White, Brookfield Central HS, WI

2005 ~ Sarah Konop, Germantown HS, WI

2004 ~ Jenny Lockwood, Cudahy HS, WI

2003 ~ Kristie Radspinner, St. Catherines HS, WI

2003 ~ Shelby Thomson, Wrightstown HS, WI

2003 ~ Samatha Stoll, Madison Memorial HS, WI

2002 ~ Meghan Coffey, Catholic Memorial HS, WI

2002 ~ Lisa Shen, Oak Creek HS, WI

2001 ~ Deanna Koch-Whitnall, Hales Corners, WI

2000 ~ Carolyn Malak-Howell, MI

1999 ~ Megan Melcher-Ashwaubenon, Green Bay, WI

1999 ~ Marsha Pauly, Washington Two Rivers, WI

1998 ~ Lara Jacobson, Washington Park, Racine, WI

1998 ~ Sarah Zalud, Wheaton-Warrenville, IL

1997 ~ Kelli Esenberg Kwiatkowski, Oak Creek, WI

1997 ~ Natalie Klotz, Wrightstown, WI

1996 ~ Michelle Smith, Batavia, IL

1995 ~ Jennifer Tolan, Waterford, WI

1994 ~ Liz Merritt Bergan, Wauwatosa East, WI

1994 ~ Nicole Mueller, West Allis Central, WI


Badgerette Hall of Fame 

Since 1990, Badgerette has honored individuals who have made a difference and given back to the pom and dance world in a positive way. Scroll down to see some of the great individuals who have made a contribution to furthering pom/dance in their own schools and communities. Their efforts have supported the philosophy we respect and love by making a positive impact!
Thank you for your commitment enjoyed by so many!

BADGERETTE HALL OF FAME HONOREES:

2016 ~ Patti Ashford, Empire Photography, WI

2016 ~ Crissy Webbe, Wheaton Warrenville HS & Badgerette Staff, IL

2015 ~ Sara Kulig, Eau Claire North HS Coach, WI

2015 ~ Michelle Scherer, Nathan Hale HS Coach, WI

2015 ~ Amy Pieper, Eau Claire North HS Coach & Parent, WI

2014 ~ Karyn Schlachter, Pius XI HS Coach, WI

2014 ~ Susan Barsness, Fremd HS & Premier Poms Director, IL

2013 ~ Wendy Sue Johnson, Eau Claire North HS Coach & Danz Kraze, WI

2013 ~ Jennifer Murphy, Catholic Memorial HS & Badgerette, WI

2013 ~ Holly Keskey, Greendale HS & Badgerette Staff, WI

2012 ~ Jennifer Toth, Brookfield East HS Coach, WI

2012 ~ Izzy Nellen, Pius XI HS & Badgerette Staff, WI

2011 ~ Jessica Allen, Franklin HS Coach, WI

2011 ~ Tom Sager, BPP Headquarters- Milwaukee, WI

2010 ~ Moni Kosloske, First Immanuel Lutheran Coach & Badgerette Alumni, WI

2010 ~ Sarah Breitlow, West Allis Central HS Coach, WI

2009 ~ Deb Gardner, Sault Area HS Coach, MI

2008 ~ Mareta Prill, Badgerette Founder, WI

2008 ~ Jenny Drana, Cudahy HS & Recreation Coach, WI

2007 ~ Kristin Warner , Brookfield Central HS Coach, WI

2006 ~ Allison Stray, Cudahy HS Coach, WI

2006 ~ Renee Zitzke, Nathan Hale HS Coach- West Allis, WI

2005 ~ Bruce Sullivan, Wisconsin State Fair- Entertainment Director, WI

2004 ~ Susan Katon, Pinckney HS Coach, MI

2003 ~ Ginger Gray, Badgerette Staff Director- Howell, MI

2003 ~ Sharon Jeschke, Pius XI HS Coach- Milwaukee, WI

2002 ~ Linda Pfaller, West Allis Central HS Coach, WI

2001 ~ Anne Caskey, Badgerette Staff Director- Milwaukee, WI

2001 ~ Patty Brestrich, John Long Midddle School- Grafton, WI

2000 ~ Marilyn Mrkvicka, Washington Park HS Coach- Racine, WI

1999 ~ Laura Hutson, Badgerette Staff Director, Columbus, OH

1998 ~ Pat Premetz, Wauwatosa Esprit Coach, WI

1997 ~ Lynn Rutkiewicz, Greendale HS Coach, WI

1996 ~ Katy Sotos, St.Viator HS Coach- Arlington Heights, IL

1996 ~ Six Flags Great America Entertainment- Gurnee, IL

1995 ~ Carol Kennedy, Badgerette Staff Director- Brookfield, WI

1994 ~ Laura Vernon, Pulaski HS Coach- Milwaukee, WI

1993 ~ Polly Noskowiak, Ashwaubenon HS Coach, WI

1992 ~ Jim Hay, Janesville Parker HS Advisor, WI

1991 ~ Betsy Carr, Badgerette Staff Director- Traverse City, MI

1991 ~ Jack Nelson, AllState Insurance/WI St.Fair Sponsor, IL

1990 ~ Sue Spector, Brown Deer HS Coach, WI

1990 ~ Meg Clark, Greendale HS Coach, W