From the MHSAA press release. For the full article, click here.
By Geoff Kimmerly
Second Half Editor
The Michigan High School Athletic Association has selected 14 student-athletes from Class A member schools to receive scholarships through its Scholar-Athlete Award program.
Farm Bureau Insurance, in its 26th year of sponsoring the award, will give $1,000 college scholarships to 32 individuals who represent their member schools in at least one sport in which the Association sponsors a postseason tournament. The first 30 scholarships are awarded proportionately by school classification and the number of student-athletes involved in those classes; also, there are two at-large honorees which can come from any classification.
Each of the scholarship recipients will be honored during a ceremony at halftime of the Class C Boys Basketball Final game March 28 at the Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing. Commemorative medallions will be given to the finalists in recognition of their accomplishments.
The Class A Scholar-Athlete Award honorees are: Sara Condra, Hartland; Emily Diehl, Saline; Ashley Ko, Traverse City Central; Diane Reed, Bloomfield Hills; Alex Sorgi, Utica Ford; Caycee Turczyn, Lapeer; Allison Utting, Grandville; Kyler Beal, Holland; Andrew Bennett, Linden; Matthew Carter, Ypsilanti Lincoln; Collin DeShaw, Holland West Ottawa; Andrew James Fox, Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central; Michael Kenney, Detroit U-D Jesuit; and Matthew J. Orringer, Ann Arbor Skyline.
Overviews of the scholarship recipients of the Class A Scholar-Athlete Award follow. A quote from each recipient’s essay also is included:
Sara Condra, Hartland
Participated three seasons on her varsity swimming and diving team and will play her third season of varsity soccer this spring. Served as captain of both teams; earned all-state recognition all three of her swimming and diving seasons and all-league honors in soccer. Also earned all-league academic awards in both sports. Serving fourth year in student government, with tenures as president and secretary and also is in her fourth year on her school’s Student Advisory Board. Participating in second year of National Honor Society and was on a state finalist for her school’s DECA business club. Serves as director of a youth water ski team, trainer for a recreational youth soccer team and teaches Sunday school. Also participated on the Livingston County Diversity Council as a junior. Will attend Michigan State University and study sports marketing and dietetics.
Essay Quote: “Sportsmanship is easy to preach, yet it’s a little more difficult to carry out. It is easy to get caught up in personal demands and forget what the competition is really about. Sportsmanship constitutes teamwork, self-discipline and appreciation of others. Sportsmanship does not only show one’s character, it also shows pride: pride in oneself and pride in one’s competition.”