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Catherine Wolf Award

Catherine Wolf, an Elkhart native, was recognized as an outstanding athlete, coach, and teaching during a distinguished 40-year career from 1929 to 1969. In 1934 and 1935, Catherine Wolf was listed as one of the top 10 women tennis players in the nation. During the mid-1930’s, she was considered first among Midwest tennis players. As a coach, her teams were highly successful. Her Elkhart High School tennis teams compiled a 45-2 record from 1930 to 1934. As both a coach and a teacher, she was respected by students for her outstanding competence, loyalty, and devotion. 

It is the feeling of the sponsors that no person could better exemplify the foregoing purpose and standard of this award than Catherine Wolf. An athlete of national stature, she was also an inspiration and credit to women in athletic programs in the area before the historic expansion of women’s athletic programs in the Elkhart Community Schools. The committee is proud to adopt her name with full approval of her family. 

The purpose of the Catherine Wolf Award is to provide a vehicle through which the Elkhart Community Schools, the Elkhart Truth, and the community may pay due recognition to a woman who, as a student, has made an outstanding contribution to the athletic programs of the Elkhart Community Schools. 

This woman should possess the personality, warmth, friendship, moral, and spiritual character typified by good sportsmanship. Recognizing that athletic programs are only one part of school life, she shall also display a conscientious academic record, service to her school, and thoughtful goals for the future. 

The Catherine Wolf Award is presented annually to the top high school senior female athlete at Elkhart Community Schools. The following are the Catherine Wolf Award recipients:

  • 1979    MARGARET GAVIN   Elkhart Memorial
  • 1980    JANE ATWOOD    Elkhart Memorial
  • 1981    BRENDA BUSSE    Elkhart Central
  • 1982    DJUNA BARNES    Elkhart Central
  • 1983    CONNIE PETERSON    Elkhart Memorial
  • 1984    JENNIFER DUBOIS    Elkhart Memorial
  • 1984    TISH LOVAN    Elkhart Central
  • 1985    AMY HALES    Elkhart Memorial
  • 1986    ALICE HOLDEMAN    Elkhart Central
  • 1987    ROCHELLE KRAUSE    Elkhart Central
  • 1988    KIM WILKINS    Elkhart Memorial
  • 1989    DAWN HOOVER    Elkhart Central
  • 1990    ANGIE ANDREWS    Elkhart Central
  • 1991    PAT JACKSON    Elkhart Memorial
  • 1991    CARMEN MACON    Elkhart Central
  • 1992    LORA RANDOLPH    Elkhart Memorial
  • 1993    ANGIE ROSS    Elkhart Memorial
  • 1994    KRISTA HENNINGS    Elkhart Memorial
  • 1995    LINDSAY BENKO    Elkhart Central
  • 1996    MELISSA GRIFFEY    Elkhart Memorial
  • 1997    KRISTEN BECKER    Elkhart Central
  • 1998    JANICE EDWARDS    Elkhart Central
  • 1999    JESSICIA VENSTRA    Elkhart Memorial
  • 2000    ALICIA MILLER    Elkhart Central
  • 2001    SHAUN MCALLISTER    Elkhart Memorial
  • 2002    WHITNEY BOLING    Elkhart Memorial
  • 2003    RANDI OSTERLOO    Elkhart Central
  • 2004    HAYLEY BOLING    Elkhart Memorial
  • 2005    ALLISON SEARS    Elkhart Memorial
  • 2006    KARI BOWLBY    Elkhart Central
  • 2007    TAWNY DESIMONE    Elkhart Memorial
  • 2008    NICCI DESIMORE    Elkhart Memorial
  • 2009    JENNIFER KRUMWIEDE    Elkhart Memorial
  • 2010    JADA BUGGS    Elkhart Memorial
  • 2011    HALEY KING    Elkhart Memorial
  • 2012    ZOE DISORI    Elkhart Central
  • 2013    HOLLY LEHMAN    Elkhart Central
  • 2014    KATE COBB    Elkhart Central
  • 2015    AMANDA DIBLEY    Elkhart Central
  • 2016    GABI YODER    Elkhart Central
  • 2017    KRYSTAL GRUBB    Elkhart Memorial
  • 2018    SABRINA STANLEY    Elkhart Central
  • 2019    KORTNEY BUCKLEY    Elkhart Central
  • 2020    MORGAN DYER    Elkhart Memorial
  • 2021    EMILY ANDERSON    Elkhart High
  • 2022    MADISON AXSOM    Elkhart High
  • 2023    ADLEY KEIM    Elkhart High