Lina Maria Vergara

Lina's Story

My name was Lina. I was only 20 years old when an absurd accident took my life while I was rafting on the Wolf River.

I loved life and nature, and I had a special passion for children. I wanted to become a third grade teacher, so after
I graduated from Middleton High School, I enrolled at
UW-Oshkosh and was about to start my junior year. Once
I graduated, my goal was to teach kids and encourage them to build a better world. After my sudden departure, my beloved family decided to take three actions:


Help Pass Lina's Law


Please contact your own state representatives in both the Assembly and Senate to support “Lina’s Law”, a bill to address safety concerns and save lives on the Wolf River in Menominee County. It takes only two minutes, just follow these two simple steps:

  1. Find out who represents you in the Legislature by typing in your home address in the following link: The website will then provide you with the names and contact information for your legislators.
  2. Send an email with a short message in support for Lina's Law. Here's an example.

Hopefully together we can sign this bill into law and make rafting a safe activity for all to enjoy.


Participate in the 5k Run/Walk


Finally, my family wishes to promote an annual 5K race/walk in my hometown of Middleton, WI, which, besides being a funding source towards the scholarship, will be a tribute to my memory. More information can be found on our Facebook page.

Register now

“Don't let the world change your smile, let your smile
change the world.”