Awards Banquet 2012

Friends of High Cliff State Park - Outstanding Friends Group
The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks held the 16th Annual Awards Banquet on October 12, 2012, at Heritage Hill Historical Park in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Over 100 Friends Group members were in attendance as well as special guests. (Event photos here.)

Cathy Stepp, DNR Secretary, gave the opening remarks. The keynote speaker was Jane Wiley of the Natural Resources Board.

Hero and President's awards were presented as well as the 2012 Gold Seal Awards. In addition, the Photo Contest Winners were announced. The photos will be on the upcoming 2013 Friends of Wisconsin State Parks calendar.

The three Hero Award winners were
  • Louise Borzynski: Outstanding Individual Friends Group Member
  • Friends of High Cliff State Park: Outstanding Friends Group
  • Jerry Leiterman: Outstanding Land manager
The first President's Award was awarded to Randy Paske of Prairie du Chien, Wi.

The Gold Seal Awards were given to

  • Best Naturalist Program – Peninsula State Park 
  • Best ADA Accessible Park – Mirror Lake State Park 
  • Best Non-Traditional Trail – Newport Wilderness State Park 
  • Best Park for Geocaching- Gov. Thompson State Park 
  • Best Halloween Hike- Heritage Hill State Park 
  • Best Cross Country Ski Trail- Kettle Moraine State Forest – Lapham Peak
  • Best Playground for kids- Gov. Dodge State Park
  • Best Picnic area- Devils Lake State Park
  • Best Pond for aquatic viewing- Cadiz Springs State Recreation Area
  • Best Electric Campsite- Wyalusing State Park – site 143
The Photo Contest Winners were: (Calendar photos here.)

  • 2013 FWSP Calendar Cover Photo:
    • Jeremy TePaske - Cameron, WI , Photo from Amnicon Falls State Park
  • Inside Cover photo:
    • Melissa Stick - Appleton, WI , Photo from Devil's Lake State Park
  • January photo:
    • Carol Jaksic - Oxford, WI, Photo from Devil's Lake State Park
  • February photo:
    • Diane Gavand - Browntown, WI, Photo from Cadiz Springs SRA
  • March photo:
    • Kris Jensen McGarigle - Merrill, WI, Photo from Hartman Creek State Park
  • April photo:
    • Steve Cappitelli - Villa Park, IL, Photo from Wyalusing State Park
  • May photo:
    • Kim Rudy - West Allis, WI, Photo from Kohler-Andrae State Park  
  • June photo:
    • Ryan Ewers - Sun Prairie, WI, Photo from Devil's Lake State Park
  • July photo:
    • Kaitlyn Lueck - Ripon, WI, Photo from Copper Falls State Park
  • August photo:
    • Michael Knapstein - Middleton, WI, Photo from Big Bay State Park 
  • September photo:
    • Bonnie Huth - Merrill, WI, Photo from Council Grounds State Park
  • October photo:
    • Mary Melton - Wisconsin Dells, WI, Photo from Mirror Lake State Park
  • November photo:
    • Brian Wolf - Kenosha, WI, Photo from Northern Highland American Legion State Forest
  • December photo:
    • Melissa Stick - Appleton, WI, Photo from Point Beach State Forest