Several Ann Arbor students among finalists for MHSAA Scholar-Athlete Awards

EAST LANSING –  The 120 finalists for the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s Scholar-Athlete Awards for the 2020-21 school year, presented by Farm Bureau Insurance, have been announced.

The program, in its 32nd year, 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, 8,323 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, 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. Traverse City Central has four finalists this year while Hillsdale Academy has three. Fifteen schools each have two finalists: Adrian Lenawee Christian, Ann Arbor Greenhills, Bad Axe, Clare, Dollar Bay, Grand Haven, Grosse Pointe North, Grosse Pointe South, Holland West Ottawa, Lapeer, Leland, Montague, Mount Pleasant, Newaygo and Pontiac Notre Dame Prep.

Multiple-sport participation remains the norm among applicants. The average sport participation rate of the finalists is 2.858. There are 74 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 418 schools which submitted applicants, 12 submitted the maximum allowed. This year, 1,356 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 HERE

The applications were judged by a 72-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 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 1,500 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.

2020-21 Scholar-Athlete Award Finalists


Sadie Freisthler, Ann Arbor Pioneer

Laura O’Brien, Ann Arbor Skyline

Audrey DaDamio, Birmingham Seaholm

Samantha Yamin, Bloomfield Hills

Emily Song, Canton

Sadie Gerlach, Dearborn Edsel Ford

Tatiana Mason, Grand Ledge

Catelyn Gagnier, Grosse Pointe North

Madeline Kohler, Grosse Pointe North

Alexa Downey, Grosse Pointe South

Kennedy Dumas, Holland West Ottawa

Alyssa M. Karner, Holland West Ottawa

Michaela Castle, Ionia

Jane C. Heystek, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix

Charity Dundas, Lapeer

Emma Muir, Lapeer

Addison Bruwer, Lowell

Grace Ann Whipple, Mason

Iris Hwang, Mount Pleasant

Zoe Ziegler, Okemos

Sarah Liederbach, Petoskey

Megan Lorenzo, Rochester

Regina Duerst, Saline

Katherine Potter, South Lyon


Michael Kim, Ann Arbor Huron

Charles Frank, Dearborn

Matthew Kozma, Detroit Catholic Central

Lawrence Gilliam, Detroit U-D Jesuit

Grant Uyl, DeWitt

Thomas MacDonald, Grand Haven

Michael MacDonald, Grand Haven

Jacob Harris, Grosse Pointe South

Kyle Hamlin, Hartland

Kameron Karp, Marquette

Chase R Mahabir, Midland

Caleb Qiu, Midland Dow

Daniel Forsythe, Mount Pleasant

Alex Mooney, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s

Aidan Eichman, Portage Central

Jack Eiden, Portage Northern

Liam Smith, Rockford

Troy Pratley, St. Joseph

Brendan Evert, Sterling Heights

Ryan Royston, Traverse City Central

Drew Seabase, Traverse City Central

Ethan VanderRoest, Traverse City Central

Maxwell Werner, Traverse City Central

Jonathan Holland, Walled Lake Western


Katie DeVlaminck, Buchanan

London Eldridge, Central Montcalm

Andrea Kowalski, Chelsea

Riley Schroeder, Clare

Bailey Taylor, Clare

Caitlin Mullen, Grand Rapids Catholic Central

Katelyn Moore, Grayling

Jordyn Disbrow, Kalkaska

Katie Acker, Lake Odessa Lakewood

Allison R. Hall, Montague

Kendall Mathis, Newaygo

Elena Schwegman, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep

Rachel Joslyn, Saginaw Swan Valley

Haleigh Knowles, Sault Ste. Marie

Illyanna Marie Taylor, Three Rivers

Anna Gerardy, Yale


Dillon Dennison, Alma

Dhilan Nagaraju, Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood

Ryan Tang, Detroit Country Day

Ryan Atkinson, Dundee

Brock Holek, Durand

Jackson Hoover, Edwardsburg

Wilson Bragg, Gladwin

Stuart Hamilton, Lansing Catholic

Drew Collins, Montague

Hudson Alexander Harkness, Newaygo

Cade M. Vota, Niles

Ian Burke, Ortonville Brandon

Nickolai J. Emde, Plainwell

Cole Bennett, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep

Jack Parker, Spring Lake

Zachary Huitema, Tawas


Makayla Harris, Ann Arbor Greenhills

Avery McNally, Bloomfield Hills Academy of the Sacred Heart

Meagan Lasky, Bronson

Hannah Penfold, Elkton-Pigeon-Bay Port Laker

Reese Martin, Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett

Elizabeth M. Williams, Ishpeming Westwood

Kenzie Bowers, Kent City

Grace Graham, Laingsburg

Mahrle Siddall, Maple City Glen Lake

Hope Johnson, North Muskegon

Sophia Rayes, Oscoda

Grace Kalb, Petersburg Summerfield


Jameson Chesser, Adrian Lenawee Christian

Brennan Griffith, Adrian Lenawee Christian

Zachary Stephenson, Alcona

Finn Feldeisen, Ann Arbor Greenhills

Nicholas Errer, Bad Axe

Micah Gordon, Bad Axe

Braxton Lamey, Ithaca

Trayton Wenzlaff, Kingston

Caden Kienitz, Munising

Drew Kohlmann, New Lothrop

Jeffrey Vanholla, Norway

David Jahnke, Saginaw Valley Lutheran


Aubrie Sparks, Boyne Falls

Molly Myllyoja, Dollar Bay

Elise Besonen, Ewen-Trout Creek

Kiera Welden, Hillsdale Academy

Mollie Zaleski, Kinde North Huron

Olivia Lowe, Leland

Sophia Stowe, Northport

Josephine Gusa, Ubly


Jacob M. Werner, Bay City All Saints

Connor LeClaire, Dollar Bay

Jack Kaplan, Dryden

Jaeger Griswold, Ellsworth

Quincy Thayer, Frankfort

Christian Gossage, Hillsdale Academy

Nicholas Treloar, Hillsdale Academy

Wyatt Sirrine, Leland