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Inaugural Class of Katie Grace Award Recipients Honored at NNJ Ceremony, 11 Seniors Committing to College Also Recognized

By NNJ Staff, 04/30/19, 4:15PM PDT


April 24 marked a special day in the NNJ family. We had the opportunity to recognize 15 of our players, four who made up the inaugural class of recipients of the Katie Grace Award, and 11 seniors who are committing to go on to play in college.

The Katie Grace Award is a new scholarship available to NNJ players this year and is given by Kimberly Weingartner and the Katie Grace Foundation. Katie Weingartner was a shining light of a young player who competed for NNJ in 2016 and 2017. She was known for her work ethic, her outgoing and positive personality, and her love of volleyball. She encouraged others to be the best version of themselves both on and off the court. Katie was taken from us way too early, but her legacy lives on in the players who knew her, and will now continue to affect others positively through Katie’s mom Kimberly and the Katie Grace Award.

Recipients for the 2019 season are:

Mishael Ganyon-12 Karli

Melenaite Manu-15 Vish

Hailey Passink-16 Marie

Imani Taylor-16 Adam

We are so grateful to Kimberly for allowing us to continue to honor Katie’s spirit, and to inspire other players to embody that passion for life, team, and volleyball.

In addition to this great opportunity, we also got to recognize 11 seniors who will continue their volleyball career in college. These players have been incredibly dedicated and have worked so hard to see their dream come to fruition, and we could not be
prouder or more honored to have shared in their volleyball journey.

Tori Baer
Reed High School
Yavapai College

Meredith Bautista
Reed High School
College of Southern Nevada

Abigail Guinn
Bishop Manogue Catholic High School
College of Idaho

Sofia Hedqvist
South Tahoe High School
University of North Dakota

Ryleigh Hogland
Truckee High School
UC Santa Cruz

Morgan Lorenz
Spanish Springs High School
Life Pacific 

Hannah Oggerino
Galena High School
Montana Tech University

Emma Pence
Bishop Manogue Catholic High School
Montana State University

Sierra Sullivan
Douglas High School
College of Southern Nevada

Kaylin Talonen
Reno High School 
Oregon Tech University

Autumn Wilson
North Valleys High School
Blackburn College

(For the Reno Gazette Journal write-up highlighting NNJ's 2019 commitments, please click here.)

These seniors join the five who signed earlier this season: 

Kaitlynn Biassou
Reno High School
New Mexico

Jordyn Boswell
Spanish Springs High School
College of Idaho

Madisen Boyd
Portola High School
North Florida University

Hailey Hughes
Douglas High School
University of Louisiana Monroe

Alexcis Lusby
Reed High School
Washington State

Nights like these truly remind us how lucky we are and how much we appreciate our NNJ volleyball family. Thank you for being a part of it!