Priebe named to All- America Academic team

Jack Tierney, Editor-In-Cheif

Six individuals were chosen from the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference for the 2019 Woman of the Year Award, including UWO alumnus Kayla Priebe.

To be selected, a nominee must have finished and earned a varsity letter in an NCAA-sponsored sport, completed eligibility in her primary sport, and earned an undergraduate degree by summer 2019.

There were 585 nominees, including 192 from NCAA Division III.

Priebe competed on the golf team and majored in accounting, while maintaining a 4.0 grade point average.

She was named to the 2019 Google Cloud NCAA D-III Academic All-America Women’s At-Large First Team. She was the first women’s golfer in league history to earn a spot on the academic squad.

Priebe also earned a spot on the Google Cloud Academic All-District Six Women’s At-Large Team in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

She was chosen the recipient of the 2018 WIAC Judy Kruckman Women’s Golf Scholar-Athlete Award and received all-conference first team recognition in 2015, 2016 and 2018 and second team accolades in 2017.

She was named the 2016 WIAC Player of the Year and added All-Central Region approval in 2017 and 2019.

“Receiving the UWO Woman of the Year nomination was a huge honor,” Priebe said. “Being selected as the person to represent the graduating class of female athletes means a lot to me, especially because I know there were so many qualified candidates.

“I am a huge advocate for Division III athletics because it supports awards like this that honor not only athletics, but also work in the classroom and volunteerism.

“Playing golf at UWO allowed me to pursue competitive golf for four more years after high school, which is something that I really enjoyed doing. I love having the support and friendship of a great team and coaches, and I had a lot of fun playing golf competitively.

“Going to UWO also gave me opportunities to volunteer through athletics as well as on my own at church. One of the biggest things I love about D-III is the concept of student-athletes.

“At Oshkosh, I really felt like the student came first and the athlete came second.

“Both academics and athletics were very important to me during my time as a student-athlete, and I am blessed to have had the opportunity and encouragement to succeed in both.”