EAST LANSING, Mich. – Jan. 24 -- The 120 finalists for the Michigan High School Athletic Association's Scholar-Athlete Award for the 2011-12 school year have been announced.

The program, which has been recognizing student-athletes since the 1989-90 school year, 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 Award, and will present a $1,000 scholarship to each recipient. Since the beginning of the program, 544 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, there also will be two at-large honorees which also are part of the general judging process, may come from any classification, and are designated by their school at the time of entry.

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. Marlette, Northville and Rochester Adams each have three finalists this year, while 20 schools have two: Bay City Central, Bloomfield Hills Brother Rice, Birmingham Groves, Dearborn, Delton Kellogg, East Lansing, Frankfort, Hillsdale Academy, Hopkins, Jenison, Kinde-North Huron, Midland, Midland Dow, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep, Rochester, Spring Lake, Springport, Tecumseh, White Lake Lakeland and Williamston.

Multiple-sport participation remains the norm among applicants. The average sport participation rate of the finalists is 2.58, while the average of the application pool was 2.13 – both within a tenth of last year’s rates in those categories. There are 66 three-plus sport participants in the finalist field, and all but three of the 28 sports in which the MHSAA sponsors postseason tournaments are represented.

Of 386 schools which submitted applicants, 51 submitted the maximum allowed. This year, 1,636 applications were received. All 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: http://www.mhsaa.com/Schools/Students/MHSAAScholarAthleteAwardApplicants.aspx.

The applications were judged by a 62-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 on February 7; Class B scholarship recipients will be announced on February 14, and Class A scholarship recipients will be announced on February 21. All announcements will be made on the MHSAA Web site.

To honor the 32 Scholar-Athlete Award recipients, a ceremony will take place during halftime of the Class C Boys Basketball Final, March 24 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 submit a 500-word essay on the importance of sportsmanship in educational athletics.

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The MHSAA is a private, not-for-profit corporation of voluntary membership by more than 1,600 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 approximately 1.6 million spectators each year.


2011-12 Scholar-Athlete Award Finalists


Matthew Alexander Beem, Traverse City West

Brendon Clover, White Lake Lakeland

Ryan Denison, Dearborn

Saeed El Saghir, Bay City Central

Steven Alexander Fox, Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central

Christopher Robert Hagan, East Lansing

Alexander Hassan, Ann Arbor Huron

Joshua M. Heinze, Plymouth

Knute Hoffman, Midland

Hunter Holtrop, Okemos

Josh Hoogendoorn, Jenison

Nick Iacobellis, DeWitt

Jeremy Kozler, Livonia Stevenson

Conrad Arthur Lather, Midland Dow

Alec Latta, Northville

Gabriel Martinez, Livonia Franklin

Robert Paul, Bay City Central

Andrew Poterala, Northville

Nick Rao, Bloomfield Hills Brother Rice

Christopher Sesi, Bloomfield Hills Brother Rice

Blaine Stannard, Birmingham Groves

Alex Taylor, Rochester Adams

Daniel Tzou, Midland Dow

Garret Zuk, White Lake Lakeland



Kelsey Adamski, Richland Gull Lake

Ellery Alexander, Caledonia

Kortnie L. Bush, Southgate Anderson

Jaymie Dyer, Hartland

Bethany Easom, Saline

Yara Nidal Fakhoury, Dearborn

Heather Smith, Farmington Hills Mercy

Amanda Marie Fodera, Fraser

Alexa Giovanatti, Rochester Adams

Morgan Hawver, Grand Haven

Hannah Marie Howarth, Gibraltar Carlson

Kelsey Kerin, St Clair

Hannah Lee, Rochester Adams

Maria Lepore, Rochester

Kelly Lunghamer, Birmingham Marian

Nicole McDermott, Mason

Gina Marie McNamara, Northville

Katelyn Alexandra Pekala, Midland

Abigail Rawling, Rochester

Dana Schrauben, Lake Orion

Alexis Stanton, Jenison

Alexandra Trecha, East Lansing

Jessica Turner, Birmingham Groves

Abigail Wilson, Trenton



Jordan S. Daley, Grand Rapids Christian

Griffin Dean, Grayling

Nathaniel P. Gaynor, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep

Mason E. Geno, Essexville Garber

Jeffrey John Gregory, Kingsford

Nathaniel Ferris Iveson, Middleville Thornapple Kellogg

Andrew Kelley, Allegan

Nathan Kossey, Tecumseh

Joseph Longstreet, Hastings

Dan Macalka, Comstock Park

Dillon McCarthy, Whitehall

Jacob Mineau, Marysville

Nick Huston Parnell, Spring Lake

Caleb Pung, Portland

Craig Zebell, Dowagiac

Alan Zhen, Livonia Clarenceville



Sara Marie Barron, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep

Kathryn MacDermid Bollman, Williamston

Julie Buursma, Holland Christian

Kristin Gilbert, Hopkins

Hannah Grischke, Williamston

Sarah Hartley, Birch Run

Emily Kendro, Spring Lake

Nathalie Kenny, Manistee

Keara Kilbane, Hopkins

Laurin Masnari, Three Rivers

Erin Moser, Midland Bullock Creek

Rachel Neumann, Flint Powers Catholic

Brianne Nowak-Scott, Tecumseh

Emily Oren, Hamilton

Miranda Scott, Charlotte

Kaitlyn Stevens, Ovid-Elsie



Zachary French, Ishpeming Westwood

Dakota M. Hard, Quincy

Jonathan Andrew Harper, Clare

Ryan Hook, Delton Kellogg

Kolby Lange, Marlette

Trevor Lewis, Elkton-Pigeon-Bay Port Laker

Gregory Long, Sand Creek

Sean McBrayer, Unionville-Sebewaing

David Powers, Jr., Michigan Center

Benjamin Rebertus, Negaunee

Dirk E. Stoneman, Breckenridge

Ryan Watson, Delton Kellogg



Brandy Bowers, Springport

Cayla Broton, Hesperia

Emily Crick, East Jordan

Lauren Dietrich, Gobles

Megan Kangas, Norway

Rachel Leightner, Springport

Lena Madison, New Buffalo

Rachel McEwen, Marlette

Karley Sauder, Marlette

Elyse Ann Louise Starck, Morley-Stanwood

Kelcey Stauffer, Sandusky

Isabella Yzerman, Bloomfield Hills Academy of the Sacred Heart



Evan Chalker, Buckley

Evan Dhyse, Kinde-North Huron

Seth Kintigh, Jackson Christian

Timothy Logghe, Peck

Joseph Nugent, Frankfort

Adam Plumstead, Frankfort

Sabeek Pradhan, Hillsdale Academy

Benjamin Ross, Lawrence



Haley Buckey, Caseville

Kelsey Butcher, Morrice

Quinnlin Daily, Kingston

Natalija Galens, Watervliet Grace Christian

Haley Moore, Kinde-North Huron

Margaret Aileen Ryan, Hillsdale Academy

Jamie Lyn Seppanen, Eben Junction Superior Central

Alexandria Whitman, Fulton

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