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Scholar-Athlete Award Finalists Announced

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Jan. 29 -- The 120 finalists for the Michigan High School Athletic Association's Scholar-Athlete Award for the 2007-08 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 post-season tournament.   Farm Bureau Insurance underwrites the Scholar-Athlete Award, and will present a $1,000 scholarship to each recipient. This year, 1,965 applications were received from 477 schools.

Scholarships will be presented proportionately by school classification, with 12 scholarships to be awarded to Class A student-athletes, 6 female and 6 male; 8 scholarships will be awarded to Class B student-athletes, 4 female and 4 male; 6 scholarships will be awarded to Class C student-athletes, 3 female and 3 male; and 4 scholarships will be awarded to Class D student-athletes, 2 female and 2 male.   In addition, there will also be 2 at-large honorees which are also 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 their classification, and could have more than one finalist.  Seventeen schools had two or more finalists this year.   Plymouth has three finalists; while Bay City Western, Boyne City, Charlotte, Detroit Catholic Central, Detroit Country Day, Grosse Pointe South, Holland, Livonia Churchill, Onaway, Pellston, Rochester Adams, Saginaw Nouvel, St.  Johns, Sturgis, Warren DeLaSalle and Zeeland West each have two finalists.

Multiple-sport participation is again the norm for this year’s applicants, and even more so for the finalists.  The average sport participation rate of the finalists is 2.59, while the average of the application pool was 2.07.  There are 69 three-sport participants in the finalist field.  All but one of the 28 sports in which the MHSAA sponsors post-season tournaments are represented in the finalist field.

The applications were judged by a 65-member committee of school coaches, counselors, faculty members, administrators and board members from MHSAA member schools, from which the 120 finalists were selected.  The selection of the 32 scholarship recipients will take place in early February.  Class C and D scholarship recipients will be announced on February 12; Class B scholarship recipients will be announced on February 19; and Class A scholarship recipients will be announced on February 26.  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 Finals at the Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing on March 15.

To be eligible for the award, students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 (on a 4.0 scale), and have previously won a varsity letter in at least one sport in which the MHSAA sponsors a post-season tournament. Students were also 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.

Farm Bureau Insurance, one of Michigan's major insurers, has a statewide force of over 400 agents serving more than 380,000 Michigan policyholders. Besides providing life, home auto, farm, business and retirement insurance, the company also sponsors lifesaving, real-time Doppler weather tracking systems in several Michigan communities.

The MHSAA is a private, not-for-profit corporation of voluntary membership by over 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.


MEDIA ADVISORY – A list of finalists follows this release.  A complete list of scholarship nominees for the Scholar-Athlete Award can be found on the MHSAA Web Site (Click on Recognition, and then select Scholar-Athlete Award from the drop-down menu). Please scan that list for the names of student-athletes from your area.  Information about scholarship recipients will be posted on the MHSAA Web Site according to the schedule listed in this release, and media in the markets of the scholarship recipients will be notified by fax or e-mail the day before the public announcement.  For more information about Farm Bureau Insurance, contact Luke Schafer, Public Relations Manager, at 517-323-7000.  You can download the Scholar-Athlete Award logo from the MHSAA Web Site – click on Forms & Graphics off the home page.

2007-08 MHSAA Scholar-Athlete Award Finalists

Class A Girls
Paige C. Madison, Ann Arbor Pioneer
Meagan M. Reder, Bay City Western
Hyatt Bakri, Dearborn Fordson
Ashley Bish, Detroit Cass Tech
Megan Novak, Farmington Hills Mercy
Victoria L. Cowger, Fenton
Arin Heinz, Holland
Rande Siroky, Holland
Lindy Rae Melville, Jenison
Alexandra C. Hock, Lake Orion
Jaclyn Gribeck, Livonia Churchill
Megan Felcyn, Macomb Dakota
Allison Nancy Holmes, Northville
Kelsey-Jo Ritter, Owosso
Pam K. Bhullar, Plymouth
Melissa Megerian, Rochester Adams
Jenna Fredrickson, Rockford
Amanda Kmetz, St. Clair Shores Lake Shore
Erin J. Fedewa, St. Johns
Amanda Putt, Tecumseh
Maddie Lagina, Traverse City Central
Maria Demarco, Troy Athens
Opal Randolph, Warren Woods Tower
Julie Harkins, Waterford Kettering

Class A Boys
Alex Borchert, Alpena
Alex L. Givens, Bay City Western
Matthew Cavanaugh, Caledonia
Anthony Joseph Mifsud, Dearborn
Ryan J. Houska, Detroit Catholic Central
Michael J. Pienta, Detroit Catholic Central
Patrick T. Burks, Flushing
Bryan Patrick Cenko, Grosse Pointe South
Robert James Collison, Grosse Pointe South
Logan Matthew Neil, Holland West Ottawa
Mitchell S. Zajac, Holt
Ryan Whittum, Livonia Churchill
Ben Landes, Midland Dow
Ryan Patrick Erickson, Okemos
David L. Harvey, Plymouth
Stephen B. Ostrowski, Plymouth
Thomas Ronald Casey, Rochester Adams
Andrew J. Harte, St. Johns
Jason Gargrave, Sterling Heights
Cody R. Rzeznik, Walled Lake Central
Richard Powell, Warren Cousino
Jeffrey McMahon, Warren DeLaSalle
Jeffrey Spicuzzi, Warren DeLaSalle
Andrew Ciennik, Waterford Mott

Class B Girls
Carly D. Stone, Allegan
Lyndsay Berger, Charlotte
Marisa Coury, Detroit Country Day
Jennifer Schaafsma, East Grand Rapids
Clarissa Tamez, Essexville Garber
Michele Booms, Freeland
Lindsay Lee Bo, Fruitport
Angie Bockheim, Grand Rapids West Catholic
Jade Evink, Hamilton
Kelsey Elizabeth DeLand, Ida
Theresa Walsh, Jackson Lumen Christi
Abigail Jane Longhurst, Marshall
Lauren Davis, Marysville
Sarah Cressman, Sturgis
Michelle L. Revord, Tawas Area
Danielle Petzak, Zeeland West

Class B Boys
Nathan Weeks, Belding
Scott Riley McKeel, Benzie Central
Jordan Duby, Birch Run
Sean M. Collon, Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood
Nick Bennett, Charlotte
Daniel Johns, Comstock Park
Brian Fiani, Detroit Country Day
Zachary Harmon, Grand Rapids Forest Hills Eastern
Derek Harrington, Kingsford
Ethan T. Shaver, Menominee
Joe LaMay, Montrose
Chris Bowen Kendro, Spring Lake
Daniel Etz, St. Clair
Michael Gundlach, Sturgis
Aaron Zimmerman, Yale
Andrew Plaska, Zeeland West

Class C Girls
Melissa H. Seelye, Boyne City
Sonny Gast, Bridgman
Samantha Vanderberg, Grandville Calvin Christian
Jessica A. Racine, Ishpeming Westwood
Brenna Field, Kalamazoo Hackett
Anna E. Fester, Lawton
Rebecca Holmquist, Leroy Pine River
Julie Fielder, Manchester
Emily Steinkraus, Marcellus
Jenna Lange, Marlette
Erica M. Fedewa, Pewamo-Westphalia
Andrea Nichole Bommarito, Springport

Class C Boys
Trenton Swank, Athens
Kevin A. Knight, Boyne City
Jordan Rahme, Fulton
Zachary Putnam, Hale
Tyler Yake, Iron Mountain
Peter J. Vihtelic, Muskegon Catholic Central
James Murtha, Saginaw Nouvel
Conor Wolohan, Saginaw Nouvel
Timothy Bergsma, Southfield Christian
Brian Randall Halas, St. Charles
Dustin R. Baker, St. Louis
Parker Prusick, Traverse City St. Francis

Class D Girls
Betsy A. Brown, Adrian Lenawee Christian
Melissa Hale, Atlanta
Roshalle J. Van Dorp, Auburn Hills Oakland Christian
Molly Margaret Poel, Bellaire
Jordan Alexander, Carsonville-Port Sanilac
Clara Leutheuser, Hillsdale Academy
Susan Elizabeth Herman, Lake Leelanau St. Mary
Bethany A. Merfeld, Waldron

Class D Boys
Nathan Glen Feldpausch, Fowler
Joshua M. Campbell, Kingston
Tom S. Wenzlick, New Lothrop
Christopher Ellenberger, Onaway
Trevor J. O'Meara, Onaway
Robert A. Cieslak, Pellston
Justin T. Litzner, Pellston
David Dugree, Powers North Central


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