Scholarship - The Tim Althoff Scholarship

The Tim Althoff Scholarship is funded by The Crystal Lake Strikers Drumline, and is intended to help a deserving student with their college tuition.

The scholarship is named in honor of Tim Althoff, a devoted member of the community who died unexpectedly from a heart attack at a young age. Tim Althoff loved life and was always smiling and upbeat. He was devoted to his family and to his community and he loved drumming. Given Tim Althoff’s many contributions to the community the Strikers have recognized these contributions by naming this annual scholarship in his honor.

2015 Scholarship Recipient

The Crystal Lake Strikers Drumline announce the High School student chosen as the recipient of the sixth Annual Tim Althoff Memorial Scholarship. Mr. Michael Novak, a senior at Prairie Ridge High School was selected from a talented group.

The scholarship is named for Tim Althoff, who died unexpectedly from a heart attack at a young age. Mr. Althoff loved life and drumming. He was devoted to his family and the community. Given his many contributions to the area, the Strikers named this annual scholarship in his honor.

The scholarship is available to participants in any of the Strikers student ensembles. The Strikers ensembles include the All-Star marching drumline, the All-Star percussion ensemble and the Convergence winter color guard with over 40 students from area high schools. Mr. Novak plays snare drum in the All-Star marching drumline.

Mr. Jameson Higgins, German teacher at Prairie Ridge High School highly recommended Mr. Novak, “Over the past four years, I have had the privilege to teach Mr. Novak, and he has proven to be an inquisitive and hard-working student who continually improves the classroom environment. Outside of the classroom, I have also found that Michael has been an exceptionally engaged person who seeks opportunities to engage.”

Mr. Novak has performed with the Prairie Ridge marching band, including being drumline section leader during his senior year. He has continued his performing outside of school, taking part in the 1st Battalion Civil War reenactment as a duty drummer and field musician. Last summer, he was invited to participate in the Crystal Lake Strikers adult line where he performed in multiple events.

The Tim Althoff Scholarship was developed and funded by The Crystal Lake Strikers Drumline, a group of adult drummers who play fun beats and cadences along to popular music in parades and shows throughout the area. The Strikers were founded by Aaron Shepley, Brett Hopkins, and Tom Kundmann in 2008, and added the All-Star marching line in 2009 and the ensemble and color guard in 2014. Georgio’s Pizza, Home State Bank, Althoff Industries, Sage Products and Phoenix Woodworking sponsor them.

Dan Chamberlain, Scholarship Committee Chair, said, “We are excited with the continued growth of the educational part of our organization. The talent and commitment these students exhibit is remarkable. Honoring Tim Althoff with this scholarship is one way to give back to the community that supports us. Michael’s performance and leadership stood out as the best embodiment of the spirit of Mr. Althoff."

2014 Scholarship Recipient

The Crystal Lake Strikers Drumline announce the High School student chosen as the recipient of the fifth Annual Tim Althoff Memorial Scholarship. Ms. Lili Schiller, a senior at Prairie Ridge High School was selected from a talented group.

The winners were chosen for the scholarship from the members of the Strikers All-Stars Drumline. The Strikers All-Stars is a group of over 20 percussion students from area high schools including Crystal Lake Central, Crystal Lake South, Prairie Ridge, Cary-Grove, Johnsburg, Lake Zurich and Mundelein. The All-Star Drumline was formed in December 2009 and has performed at high school basketball games, the Team Dance Illinois Regional competition and the Raue Center Evening of Percussion.

State Senator Pamela Althoff, a member of the scholarship selection committee, was impressed with the Strikers All-Stars and the scholarship candidates. “Selecting the winners of the scholarship gets so much harder each year. This year, Lili’s application stood out based on her accomplishments and commitment to music,” Sen. Althoff said after the 2014 Evening of Percussion.

Ms. Schiller has performed with the Prairie Ridge marching band, including being drumline section leader during her senior year. She has also has been a member of the a capella choir and musical cast and has been twice selected for the Illinois Music Educators Association All-State choir.

The Tim Althoff Scholarship was developed and funded by The Crystal Lake Strikers Drumline, a group of adult drummers who play fun beats and cadences along to popular music in parades and shows throughout the area. The Strikers were founded by Crystal Lake Mayor Aaron Shepley, City Councilman Brett Hopkins and Thomas Kundmann in 2008, and have appeared in the Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade for the past five years. They are sponsored by Georgio’s Pizza, Home State Bank, Althoff Industries, Sage Products and Phoenix Woodworking.

Dan Chamberlain, Scholarship Committee Chair for The Strikers, said, "The adult members of the Strikers really enjoy working with this group of young people. Honoring Tim Althoff with this scholarship is one way to give back to the community that supports us."

2013 Scholarship Recipients

The Crystal Lake Strikers Drumline announce the High School students chosen as the recipients of the fourth Annual Tim Althoff Memorial Scholarship. Mr. Chris Juliano, Senior at Crystal Lake South High School was awarded a $2,000 scholarship. Mr. Alex Kluver, Senior at Crystal Lake South and Ms. Johanna Sveden, Senior at Prairie Ridge, will each $1,000 scholarships.

The winners were chosen for the scholarship from the members of the Strikers All-Stars Drumline. The Strikers All-Stars is a group of 25 percussion students from eight area high schools: Crystal Lake Central, Crystal Lake South, Prairie Ridge, Cary-Grove, Huntley, Johnsburg, Lake Zurich and Mundelein. The All-Star Drumline was formed in December 2009 and has performed at high school basketball games, the Team Dance Illinois Regional competition and the Raue Center Evening of Percussion.

State Senator Pamela Althoff, member of the scholarship selection committee, was impressed with the Strikers All-Stars and the scholarship candidates. “Selecting the winners of the scholarship gets so much harder each year. These students are evidence of the wonderful and talented young people we have in the area,” Sen. Althoff said after the 2013 Evening of Percussion.

Mr. Juliano has been performing since the fourth grade, including percussion co-section leader in Crystal Lake South band, member of the a capella choir at South and forming his own band, Open House. Mr. Kluver was co-section leader of the South percussion section this year and is leading member of the District 155 Steel Pan Band, including composing a song they group performed at the Evening of Percussion. Ms. Sveden has performed as a dancer, singer and actress throughout the area. At Prairie Ridge, she qualified for the Illinois Music Educators Association All-State choir.

The Tim Althoff Scholarship was developed and funded by The Crystal Lake Strikers Drumline, a group of adult drummers who play fun beats and cadences along to popular music in parades and shows throughout the area. The Strikers were founded by Crystal Lake Mayor Aaron Shepley, City Councilman Brett Hopkins and Prairie Ridge drumline instructor Thomas Kundmann in 2008, and have appeared in the Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade for the past four years. They are sponsored by Georgio’s Pizza, Home State Bank, Althoff Industries and Phoenix Woodworking.

Dan Chamberlain, Scholarship Committee Chair for The Strikers, said, "It is a special treat for the adult members of the Strikers to teach this group of young people. Honoring Tim Althoff with this scholarship is one way to give back to the community that supports us."

2012 Scholarship Recipients

The Crystal Lake Strikers Drumline announce the High School student chosen as the recipient of the third Annual Tim Althoff Memorial Scholarship. Mr. Todd Meyer, Senior at Huntley High School was awarded a $3,000 scholarship. Todd will study business at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in the fall.

Mr. Meyer was chosen for the scholarship from an outstanding group of six applicants, all members of the Strikers All-Stars Drumline. The Strikers All-Stars is a group of 22 percussion students from five McHenry County high schools: Crystal Lake Central, Crystal Lake South, Prairie Ridge, Cary-Grove and Huntley. The All-Star Drumline was formed in December 2009 and has performed at high school basketball games, the Team Dance Illinois Regional competition and the Raue Center Evening of Percussion.

State Senator Pamela Althoff, member of the scholarship selection committee, was impressed with the Strikers All-Stars and the scholarship candidates. "We saw tonight what a talented and dedicated group of performers the All-Stars are. With such wonderful students, it has gotten more difficult to select the scholarship winner each year." Sen. Althoff said after the 2012 Evening of Percussion.

Mr. Meyer has played music since the age of five, starting with piano lessons and adding percussion in school. He is a leader in his high school band and gives weekly lessons to three local students. Todd is captain of the Huntley Lacrosse club team and a member of the National Honor Society.

Dan Chamberlain, Scholarship Committee Chair for The Strikers, said, "The Strikers All-Stars have continued to grow each year. Honoring Tim Althoff with this scholarship is one way to give back to the community that supports us."

2011 Scholarship Recipients

The Crystal Lake Strikers Drumline recently announced the High School students chosen as the recipients of the Second Annual Tim Althoff Memorial Scholarship. Mr. Timothy Mulhern, Senior at Crystal Lake South High School and Mr. James Pinkl, Senior at Prairie Ridge High School were each awarded a $1,500 scholarship. Mr. Mulhern will study Computer Science at Georgia Institute of Technology and Mr. Pinkl plans to attend the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Mr. Mulhern and Mr. Pinkl were awarded their scholarships during the “Evening of Percussion” performance at the Raue Center for the Arts on February 18, and were chosen for the scholarship from a strong group of applicants. All applicants were members of the Strikers All-Star Drumline, a group made up of 18 percussion students from the four District 155 schools: Crystal Lake Central, Crystal Lake South, Prairie, Ridge, and Cary Grove High Schools. Messrs. Mulhern and Pinkl have both demonstrated commitment to music throughout their lives. They are leaders within the band programs at their respective schools and work with younger musicians to help them develop as percussionists.

Dan Chamberlain, scholarship committee head for The Strikers, said, "The Tim Althoff Scholarship is another way for the Strikers to celebrate music and demonstrate our desire to develop young musicians. We are thrilled with the way the All-Stars have grown and look forward to continuing for years to come."

2010 Scholarship Recipient

In February 2010, The Crystal Lake Strikers Drumline announced the High School student chosen as the recipient of the Tim Althoff Scholarship. Mr. Carl Wesa, Senior at Prairie Ridge High School was awarded the $1,500 scholarship. Mr. Wesa plans to study Music Education at either Northern Illinois University or Millikin University. This is the first Strikers scholarship to be awarded. Mr. Wesa was especially lauded for his volunteer help in teaching Middle School percussionists at Hannah Beardsley School, along with many other music activities.

Dale Hallerberg, scholarship committee head for The Strikers, called The Strikers Scholarship, "...a great way for the Strikers organization to support students in our community who are excited about music, and especially for percussion and drumming. These students represent the very best of our community – passionate and fun, dedicated and hardworking kids who are learning a lot while rockin’ the house!”

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