B’nai B’rith Annual Banquet.
B’nai B’rith to honor Rolfzen and Agau as top high school scholar/athletes at annual banquet.
“It came as no surprise that Omaha metro area athletic directors and coaches chose Kadie Rolfzen and Akoy Agau as their top metro high school student scholar/athletes for 2013,” said B’nai B’rith Athlete Selection chair, Larry Goldstrom. “They both have such outstanding academic and athletic achievements.”
For their selection, the two will receive respectively, The Earl Siegel Award and the Bert Render Award, the Lodge’s most prestigious accolades. They will also split $4000, granted by the Adam Jacobs Memorial Tribute Scholarship Fund.
“To help honor these two star student-athletes, our Henry Monsky Lodge will host them at the 59th Omaha Sports Banquet, presented by B'nai B'rith,” Howard Shandell, Banquet chair, informed the community in a press release.
“This occasion becomes extra special as Tom Osborne, the legendary Cornhusker football coach and recently-retired UNL Athletic Director, will be the guest speaker at the dinner,” Shandell noted.” Adding to the occasion, Coach Charlie McBride and some of Osborne’s former players will pay tribute to him that evening.
The event takes place on Thursday night, May 23 at 7 pm, at the CenturyLink Center Omaha and is sponsored by CQuence Health Group,
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Tickets are available at www.omahasportsbanquet.com or by calling 402-334-6443. Patron tickets are $110 each. VIP tickets are $160 and include a private reception with the head table guests, an hour before the dinner. Tables of ten are also available; other sponsorship opportunities are, too. Two special events will precede the steak dinner: a magnificent silent auction of great sports memorabilia and a raffle to win Cornhusker vs. Michigan game tickets, airfare, hotel, and meals – a $3,000 value.
“Kadie Rolfzen possesses all the finest attributes required to become an Earl Siegel Award winner as the metro area’s top female scholar-athlete for 2012-2013,” Goldstrom pointed out. This star athlete led the Papillion-LaVista South Titans to three Nebraska state volleyball championships. She also excelled in her high school’s state track meets and state basketball teams.
In recognition of her outstanding athletic qualities, the state’s two biggest newspapers, the Omaha World-Herald and the Lincoln Journal Star, named her the “Nebraska Athlete of the Year.” In addition, in each of her four high school years, both those dailies placed Kadie on their respective ‘ALL-Nebraska’ First Teams.
Combined with a stellar grade-point average and her strong physical talents, Kadie – having graduated high school early – now attends the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she earned a scholarship and continues her winning ways in volleyball, her top sport.
“At the same time, Akoy Agau also garnered great accolades, while being named as the winner of the Lodge’s prestigious 2012-2013 Bert Render male student-athlete of the year and bringing great pride to the Central High Eagles,” Goldstrom stated. All the following occurred during Agau’s entire high school tenure: Agau focused solely on basketball, amassing many top honors. They include two “only” recognitions: Agau is now the only player in Class A history to start on four state championship teams and, separately, to win over 100 basketball games. To reach that record he and his Eagle teammates never lost a home game.
The basketball standout also captained the 2013 World-Herald ‘ALL-Nebraska’ team. The two big Nebraska dailies also named him to their respective ‘ALL Nebraska’ teams three times.
Agau’s extraordinary basketball skills brought him to the attention of the 2013 NCAA National Basketball Champions – The University of Louisville (KY) – culminating with the Division I school granting him a scholarship. He accomplished all this while taking advanced placement classes in Statistics, Government Psychology and honors courses in Anatomy and Spanish.