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Students receive Viennese Ball awards, scholarships

RELEASED: April 12, 2010

EAU CLAIRE — A number of University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students received awards and scholarships at the university's 36th annual Viennese Ball April 9 and 10.

Proceeds from the two-night event and donations to the Viennese Ball support awards and global study opportunities for UW-Eau Claire students. The awards recognize international studies, music service and academic excellence, and service to the ball through Davies University Center employment.

Alexandra Esser
Alexandra Esser

Alexandra Esser, Waukesha, received the Heinz K. Seitinger Scholarship, given to a UW-Eau Claire student studying in Graz, Austria. This scholarship is named for former Austrian trade commissioner Heinz K. Seitinger in recognition of his contributions to UW-Eau Claire's international programs. Esser is pursuing a double major in music education (instrumental) and German education. She is the daughter of Tracy and Chuck Esser.

Jonas Hacker Aaron Hedenstrom
Emily Worzalla Angela Nieman
Leah Sparks Brandon Ruef
Clockwise from top left, Jonas Hacker, Aaron Hedenstrom, Angela Nieman, Brandon Ruef, Leah Sparks and Emily Worzalla

The following students received Viennese Ball Senior Music Awards, given for talent, academic achievement and contributions to the department of music and theatre arts.

  • Jonas Hacker, a music (vocal performance) major from Lake Delton. His parents are Stephanie and Jim Hacker.
  • Aaron Hedenstrom, a music (composition) major from Eau Claire. His parents are Mary and David Hedenstrom.
  • Angela Nieman, a music (vocal performance) major from Greenfield. Her parents are Janice and Thomas Nieman.
  • Brandon Ruef, a music education (instrumental) major from Janesville. His parents are Stacy Weber and Jeff Ruef.
  • Leah Sparks, a music education (instrumental) major from Oregon. Her mother is Linda Sparks.
  • Emily Marie Worzalla, a music major from Madison. Her mother is Janeen Worzalla.
Nicole Hudachek
Nicole Hudachek

Nicole Hudachek, Cornucopia, received the Ada Bors Music Service Award, which recognizes outstanding service to the department of music and theatre arts. The award is named for the originator and coordinator of the annual Viennese Ball through its silver anniversary year, in honor of her service to the community. Hudachek is a music education (instrumental) major; her parents are Judi and Chris Hudachek.

Three students received W.R. Davies University Center Service Scholarships, which recognize outstanding service to the Viennese Ball.

  • Jacob Brickner Elizabeth Teutschmann Leatrice Zehm
    Left to right, Jacob Brickner, Elizabeth Teutschmann and Leatrice Zehm
    Jacob Brickner, Ellsworth, is pursuing a mathematics degree with a minor in business management. The son of Julie and Randy Brickner, he is an usher corps manager.
  • Elizabeth Teutschmann, Shullsburg, is a geology major. The daughter of Sharon and Tom Teutschmann, she is a manager for the university stage crew.
  • Leatrice Zehm, Spooner, is a human geography major. The daughter of Julie and John Zehm, she is a crew chief with the university stage crew.

The recipients of the Wilhelm and Ingrid Brauner Award and the AVL-List Scholarships will be announced April 15. The Viennese Ball also supports an additional 25 endowed and division scholarships each year.

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