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    Kyle Raulin Memorial Scholarship


    Kyle Raulin Memorial Scholarship Application  (DUE BY APRIL 16th)
    The Kyle Raulin Memorial Scholarship has been established for Senior Male Athletes. Kyle was a 2001 graduate of Lakota West High School. He served as a captain in both soccer and basketball during his senior year. Kyle died in an April 2003 arson fire at Ohio State University. Due to the generosity of many people, the Kyle Raulin Scholarship awards $1,500 to a Lakota West Senior Male Athlete. On September 9th, prior to the kickoff for the annual Lakota East/Lakota West soccer game, the Kyle Raulin Memorial was dedicated in front of an estimated crowd of 2000 fans. As part of the ceremony the following message from the Raulin Family; Terry, Janet, and sister Kelly was delivered to the crowd by the public address announcer:
    “Tonight’s game is the perfect community event to dedicate ‘Kyle’s Wall’. He loved playing in the East-West games. Great teams, great games, great rivalry, and great crowds. Kyle played in four varsity East-West soccer games. Two were his senior year with the second being the regional championship shoot-out game that West won. Kyle scored one of the shoot-out goals that ultimately lead to the team qualifying for the state tournament final four. East vs. West Penalty Kick Highlight movie (16mb)
    He also played in two East-West Varsity Basketball games. Kyle was very proud to play for Lakota West — as he was always proud to play for the various West Chester and Lakota Youth teams as he grew up. From those ‘Candy League’ games when he was five years old, to the Ohio State Cup Champion Lakota Lazers, to Lakota West High School, Kyle always played for West Chester or Lakota teams. He could never figure out why anyone would want to play anywhere else! This area had and has excellent coaches, excellent facilities, excellent teams and excellent community support. This community’s support, though, goes way beyond its athletic fields. It was there in all aspects of Kyle’s life — and now it is here tonight to memorialize his passing. It takes a village, or community, to raise a child, and West Chester deserves a huge assist for the part they’ve played. Many of you here tonight had an important part in Kyle Raulin’s life, as well as his family’s’. Thank you all so much! Therefore, at this time, we would like to formally present ‘Kyle’s Wall’ to the Athletic Director of Lakota West, Gerry Weisgerber. We proudly dedicate it to the fine people of West Chester in Kyle’s name”
    The Raulin Family then presented the game ball to the officials to start the contest, crossing the field to the strains of Carmen Ohio, the Ohio State Alma Mater, in remembrance of the school Kyle attended at the time of his death.
    Kyle’s love of sports, unselfish play, good sportsmanship and willingness to help underclassmen are at the heart of this award.

    Raulin Award Winners:
    2004 Brian LaChapelle – Basketball
    2005 Ryan Gschwind – Basketball
    2006 Michael Hansford – Basketball, Soccer
    2007 Andy Haberman – Basketball, Soccer
    2008 Matt Bahner – Soccer
    2008 Craig Gauden – Baseball
    2009 Brandon Candella – Basketball, Track
    2010 Brian Straus – Basketball
    2011 Jared Schroeder – Golf
    2012 Josh Spaw – Soccer
    2013 Ben Pendery – Football
    2014 Matthew Tripp – Soccer
    2015 Corey Denham – Soccer
    2016 Jack Nguyen – Soccer, Football, Basketball
    2016 Brennan Muha – Baseball
    2017 Will Nguyen – Soccer, Football, Basketball
    2018 Andrew Brownley – Baseball
    2019 Eli Knollman – Football, Wrestling, Volleyball
    2020 Tate Fishman – Basketball
    2021 Coleman Cronk- Cross Country, Basketball, Baseball, Track
    2022 – Adam Szolwinski
    2023 – Will Allen, Carter Willbrand
    2023 – Carter Willbrand
    The criteria for this scholarship include:
    *must be a Senior Male Athlete
    *must have participated in interscholastic athletics at least during senior year
    *must have assisted/influenced underclass teammates in positive ways
    *must have demonstrated unselfish play, excellent sportsmanship and enjoyment of the sport
    *must have exhibited academic achievement with a minimum 3.0 accumulative GPA (Qualifier Only- this is not necessarily an academic award)
    *must use scholarship monies for college educationThis award is presented at the Senior Awards night in May, and a check will be sent to the college of choice. Once the scholarship has been accepted, an acknowledgment of this scholarship should be sent to Kyle Raulin Scholarship

    c/o Kyle Raulin Special Project Fund
    8019 Cypresstree Circle
    West Chester, Ohio 45069

    **Please include a letter of recommendation from at least one Varsity Coach**

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