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Aaron Wisecup: Campbell Trophy semi-finalist

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Aaron Wisecup

There’s no doubt that Monticello is a town that is producing some Magic leaders.

Another one of Monticello’s High School graduates is making strides in his college community.

Aaron Wiscup is a senior football player at the University of Wisconsin-Stout and is a semi-finalist for the Campbell Trophy.

The Campbell Trophy recognizes top of the line athletes in the country.

Aaron graduated from Monticello in 2015 and has since grown to be an above and beyond athlete, student, leader and volunteer.

Aaron has taken part in numerous volunteer opportunities during his time at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

He is the president of the MEN in Education organization, takes part in the Thursday’s Table to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, volunteered at a the special needs Super Bowl Party, and took part in the Polar Plunge for the Special Olympics.

The Polar Plunge is a statement that raises awareness towards people with special needs.

“We do the Polar Plunge every year in Menomonie and it was cool because a lot of people that I did the Super Bowl party with showed up and we all jumped into the water together,” Aaron said. “It was awesome seeing the smile on their faces and that made the cold water worth it.”

Aaron, number 49 and defensive end will be playing his final season of football as a Blue Devil. He kicked off the season with some pretty incredible stats.

He had 102 career tackles, 17 total tackles for loss, and blocked five field goals in his previous two seasons at Stout. He was the 2018 All-WIAC honorable mention selection with the accomplishment of topping his team stats in tackles for loss with 9.5 and 3.5 sacks.

While performing on the field he was performing in his courses as well.

Wisecup holds a 3.465 grade point average and has earned the Chancellor’s Award for Academic Excellence six times now.

That is why he was such a clear choice for this award.

“It’s very humbling,” Aaron said. “I remember reading the email and I wasn’t expecting it. I was just going about life the way that I was raised; doing well in school, getting good grades, and giving back. It’s awesome to get recognition especially when you’re not looking for it.”

He is the son of Patty and James Wisecup. Aaron said they are a huge component in his nomination.

The Campbell Trophy semi-finalist is majoring in Early Childhood Education. He said it was something he has been passionate about since he was in high school.

“I’ve always loved working with kids,” Aaron said. “I want to do something in a community that’s positive and I want to give back.”

After graduating, Aaron dreams of heading back to his home town, Monticello.

“I’ve always had this idea of coming home to Monticello and working as a teacher and football coach,” Aaron said. “My coaches and teachers inspired me in Monticello, so that would be awesome.”

The Campbell Trophy nominees will be narrowed down to just 12-14 finalists on Wednesday, Oct. 30 and each nominee will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship.

Aaron described his feelings towards possibly receiving a finalist spot in one word.

“Unreal,” Aaron said. “It’s not something I’m looking for or searching for, so getting that award would be really cool.”

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