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Finalists Announced for 2015-16 Scholar-Athlete Awards

Posted on January 23, 2016 in Michigan Sports News.

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Jan. 22 – The 120 finalists for the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s Scholar-Athlete Awards for the 2015-16 school year have been announced.


The program, celebrating its 27th anniversary, has recognized student-athletes since the 1989-90 school year and again this winter will honor 32 individuals from MHSAA member schools who participate in at least one sport in which the Association sponsors a postseason tournament.


Farm Bureau Insurance underwrites the Scholar-Athlete Awards and will present a $1,000 scholarship to each recipient. Since the beginning of the program, 672 scholarships have been awarded.


Scholarships will be presented proportionately by school classification, with 12 scholarships to be awarded to Class A student-athletes, six female and six male; eight scholarships will be awarded to Class B student-athletes, four female and four male; six scholarships will be awarded to Class C student-athletes, three female and three male; and four scholarships will be awarded to Class D student-athletes, two female and two male. In addition, the final two scholarships will be awarded at-large to minority recipients, regardless of school size.


Every MHSAA member high school could submit as many applications as there are scholarships available in its classification, and could have more than one finalist. East Grand Rapids has five finalists this year, Grosse Ile has four finalists and Birmingham Seaholm and Marquette each have three. Fourteen schools each have two finalists: Ann Arbor Pioneer, Bellaire, Bronson, Dearborn Edsel Ford, Farmington Hills Harrison, Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central, Grandville, Hudsonville, Laingsburg, Scottville Mason County Central, Onsted, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep, Portland and White Cloud.


Multiple-sport participation remains the norm among applicants. The average sport participation rate of the finalists is 2.51, while the average of the application pool was 2.14. There are 62 three-plus sport participants in the finalists field, and all but one of the 28 sports in which the MHSAA sponsors postseason tournaments are represented.


Of 374 schools which submitted applicants, 45 submitted the maximum allowed. This year, 1,425 applications were received. All applicants will be presented with certificates commemorating their achievement. Additional Scholar-Athlete information, including a complete list of scholarship nominees, can be found on the MHSAA Website at the following address:


The applications were judged by a 58-member committee of school coaches, counselors, faculty members, administrators and board members from MHSAA member schools. Selection of the 32 scholarship recipients will take place in early February. Class C and D scholarship recipients will be announced Feb. 2; Class B scholarship recipients will be announced Feb. 9, and Class A scholarship recipients will be announced Feb. 16. All announcements will be made on the MHSAA Website.


To honor the 32 Scholar-Athlete Award recipients, a ceremony will take place during halftime of the Class C Boys Basketball Final, March 26, at the Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing.


To be eligible for the award, students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 (on a 4.0 scale), and previously have won a varsity letter in at least one sport in which the MHSAA sponsors a postseason tournament. Students also were asked to respond to a series of short essay questions, submit two letters of recommendation and a 500-word essay on the importance of sportsmanship in educational athletics.


Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan was founded in 1949 by Michigan farmers who wanted an insurance company that worked as hard as they did. Those values still guide the company today and are a big reason why it is known as Michigan’s Insurance Company, dedicated to protecting the farms, families, and businesses of this great state. Farm Bureau Insurance agents across Michigan provide a full range of insurance services—life, home, auto, farm, business, retirement, Lake Estate®, and more—protecting nearly 500,000 Michigan policyholders.


The MHSAA is a private, not-for-profit corporation of voluntary membership by more than 1,400 public and private senior high schools and junior high/middle schools which exists to develop common rules for athletic eligibility and competition. No government funds or tax dollars support the MHSAA, which was the first such association nationally to not accept membership dues or tournament entry fees from schools. Member schools which enforce these rules are permitted to participate in MHSAA tournaments, which attract more than 1.4 million spectators each year.


2015-16 Scholar-Athlete Award Finalists



Jack Eisentrout, Ann Arbor Pioneer

Nathan Lazor, Birmingham Groves

Zaven Dadian, Birmingham Seaholm

Jason Ren, Canton

Brendan Oosse, East Grand Rapids

Easton Schultz, East Grand Rapids

Jared Char, Farmington Hills Harrison

Charles R. Perkins Jr., Farmington Hills Harrison

Santino J. Guerra, Flint Kearsley

Garrett Farney, Grandville

Noah Andrew Weigle, Grandville

Jeremy Tervo, Hartland

Eric Mettetal, Howell

Riley Costen, Hudsonville

Daniel Karel, Hudsonville

Traver Parlato, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix

Kevin Hansen, Lake Orion

Alexander Oquist, Livonia Stevenson

Benjamin G. Cole, Marquette

Joseph Weber, Marquette

Kobe Burse, Muskegon Mona Shores

Drew Blakely, Richland Gull Lake

Kyle Jones, Swartz Creek

Lars Hornburg, Traverse City Central



Clare Brush, Ann Arbor Pioneer

Catherine Markley, Birmingham Seaholm

Lauren McLeod, Birmingham Seaholm

Cameron Peek, Caledonia

Jaime Freas, Dearborn Edsel Ford

Sarah Hartshorn, Dearborn Edsel Ford

Mallak Taleb, Dearborn Heights Crestwood

Mackenzie Cole, East Grand Rapids

Marie Lachance, East Grand Rapids

Anna Laffrey, East Grand Rapids

Allia Marie McDowell, Farmington Hills Mercy

Brianna Costigan, Fenton

Ally Stapleton, Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central

Catherine Stapleton, Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central

Meredith Howe, Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern

Erin Armbruster, Grosse Pointe North

Kelsey Emmanuel, Lowell

Kayla Dobies, Macomb Dakota

Lindsey Rudden, Marquette

Genevieve Soltesz, Mattawan

Olivia Arends, Mt. Pleasant

Mary Catherine McLaughlin, Northville

Ellen Wegener, Rochester

Jennifer Eaton, St. Johns



Geoffrey Richard Pisani, Big Rapids

Spencer Keoleian, Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood

Nicolas Arons, Chelsea

Brendan Spangler, Coldwater

Evan Ciancio, Comstock Park

Ryan Mangulabnan, Dearborn Divine Child

Kyle Gavulic, Goodrich

Caleb E. Doane, Grant

Adam Kopp, Grosse Ile

Blake Willison, Grosse Ile

Justin Carlson, Hastings

Josef Philipp, Hillsdale

Austin Davis, Onsted

Austin Robert Thompson, Onsted

David Arnst, Ovid-Elsie

Trevor Trierweiler, Portland



Erin Isola, Allegan

Greta Wilker, Belding

Lindsey Carlson, Charlotte

Keri Frahm, Frankenmuth

Kate Tobin, Grosse Ile

Katherine Williams, Grosse Ile

Alexis LaChappa, Harrison

Camryn A. Klein, Ionia

Fallon Gates, Manistee

Abigail Ufkes, Marshall

Paiton Plutchak, Menominee

Erica Lynn Schwegman, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep

Elizabeth Swartz, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep

Amanda Pohl, Portland

Claudia Raines, Saginaw Swan Valley

Brenna James, Sault Ste. Marie



Joseph Comstock, Addison

Quentin E. Millette, Ann Arbor Greenhills

Daniel R. McMichael, Bronson

Sawyer Cuthrell, Cass City

Anthony Hoholik, Manistique

Spencer Graham Knizacky, Mason County Central

Cameron Brayman, Montague

Broc Roberts, Petersburg-Summerfield

Trenden Peacock, Sand Creek

Dylan Marshall, St Ignace

Michael Klettner, Traverse City St. Francis

Bowman Seabrook, White Cloud



Hannah Steffke, Beal City

Molly Lynch, Bloomfield Hills Academy of the Sacred Heart

Alexa Ratkowski, Bronson

Kelsey Engstrom, Charlevoix

Ellen Doyle, Gobles

Hanna Angst, Laingsburg

Julia Angst, Laingsburg

Bailee Kimbel, Manton

Jordyn Sanders, Mason County Central

Mallory Raven, Morley-Stanwood

Shelby Vincke, New Lothrop

Christiana M. Jones, White Cloud



Garrett Kraatz, Allen Park Inter-City Baptist

Joshua Robert Riggs, Brethren

Matthew Gratowski, DeTour

Gregory Scott Seppanen, Eben Junction Superior Central

Jayvin Wolfe, Fulton-Middleton

Nathaniel Jones, Muskegon Catholic Central

Daniel Good, Owendale-Gagetown

Benjamin Turner, Sterling Heights Parkway Christian



Lindsay Lampman, Bellaire

Chloe Niepoth, Bellaire

Maria Stankewicz, Crystal Falls Forest Park

Abby Sutherland, Lake Linden-Hubbell

Elizabeth Munoz, Leland

Averi Rachelle Munro, Morrice

Natalie Frances Beaulieu, Newberry

Paige Blake, Ontonagon

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