Tyler Salaj plans to study Computer Science at UW-Madison. He was on the OHS baseball team for three years and played football all four years, earning two Scholar Athlete Awards with a 4.3 grade point average. During his junior year, he had near-fatal brain surgery, but still attended practices and games and acted as a coach from the sidelines.

Tyler says he learned that “hardships only make you stronger.” Teachers call him a “natural leader who always provides a spark of motivation.” The son of Todd and Andrea Salaj of Ixonia, Tyler will receive $12,000 over four years as the winner of a scholarship from the Debbink Family Foundation.