Football Writers Association of America Jan. 5, 2006
For Immediate Release
Contact: Dave Sittler
Annual gift named for longtime executive director

PASADENA, Calif. (FWAA) Katie Wieberg, a senior at Lawson High School in Lawson, Mo., was named Wednesday as the ninth winner of the Volney Meece Scholarship.

The scholarship is awarded annually by the Football Writers Association of America and named for the late Volney Meece. Meece served 22 years as the FWAA's executive director and was the organization's president in 1971.
The scholarship is a $1,000 annual grant for four years. It is given to a deserving son or daughter of an FWAA member.

"It means a lot to me to get a reward from an organization that I know is important to my dad," Wieberg said. "I promise you that this scholarship will be a good investment."

The 17-year-old Wieberg is the daughter of longtime FWAA member Steve Wieberg, a staff writer for USA Today.

Katie's impressive academic record includes a 4.111 grade point average on a 4.0 weighted GPA scale at Lawson High, where she has been president of the Student Council her junior and senior years, a three-year member of the National Honor Society and was elected councilwoman and senator as a Missouri Girls State delegate.

In addition to her academic work, Katie is involved in a number of extracurricular activities at school and with her church. She has served on missions to Alaska and El Salvador, where she helped repair church buildings and work with children through music and drama.

Katie is also an accomplished actress, singer and athlete. She has had the lead in school drama productions, made All-State Choir as a soloist and was an All-District selection in softball while lettering in the sport four years.

Katie plans to major in music at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., and hopes to become a contemporary Christian singer.

Previous Meece Scholarship winners include: Bret Goering, Topeka, Kan.; Kelly Brooks, Denver, Colo.; James Butz, Schaumberg, Ill.; Sara Barnhart, Atlanta, Ga.; Patrick Davis, Coventry, Conn.; Jacqueline O'Toole, Gaithersburg, Md.; Garrett Holtz, Denver, Colo.; and Katie Hersom, Oklahoma City, Okla.

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