The 120 finalists for the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s Scholar-Athlete Awards for the 2016-17 school year, presented by Farm Bureau Insurance, have been announced. Senior, Nick Hammond has been named a Finalist.
The senior, played Cross Country, Soccer and Track and earned 11 letters in his four years. In Soccer, Nick was named All Catholic twice (2), All League and All Academic. In Cross Country, he was named All Catholic three times (3), Sectional Champion and qualified for the State Finals twice (2). In Track, Nick won the Regional four times (4), won eight (8) Catholic League Championships, two-time News Herald Champion, All State Academic and named 1st Team All State. All while carrying a 4.35GPA.
“Our entire community is proud of Nick.” Athletic Director, Kris Daiek said. “He is the best example of what Gabriel Richard Catholic stands for…faith, academics and athletics.” Daiek continued. “He has been a tremendous leader for our school and he deserves every accolade. however, he will be the first to give credit to his students and teammates for his accomplishments.” Daiek added.
The program, celebrating its 28th 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, 704 scholarships have been awarded.
Of 409 schools which submitted applicants, 52 submitted the maximum allowed. This year, 1,515 applications were received. All applicants will be presented with certificates commemorating their achievement.
The applications were judged by a 70-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. 7, Class B scholarship recipients will be announced Feb. 14 and Class A scholarship recipients will be announced Feb. 21. 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 25, 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.
BOYS CLASS C
Clark Brady, Bad Axe
Spencer Fisher, Blissfield
Jonathan Lutchka, Grass Lake
Sam Bailey, Harbor Springs
Ashok Ravindran, Ishpeming
Joe Rigling, Leroy Pine River
Alexander Dixon, Madison Heights Bishop Foley Catholic
Jacob Shoop, Mason County Central
Bryce J Thelen, Pewamo-Westphalia
Nicholas Hammond, Riverview Gabriel Richard
Tyler Brant, Watervliet
Cameron Rendo, Watervliet