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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE --February 6, 2002
Contact: John Johnson or Randy Allen-- 517.332.5046
Scholarship Recipients Announced
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Feb. 6 - The Michigan
High School Athletic Association's Scholar-Athlete Award program
has selected its eight scholarship recipients for the 2001 fall
Farm Bureau Insurance, in its 13th year of sponsoring the award,
will give a $1,000 college scholarship to each of the eight fall
sports winners, the first of 24 total scholarships to be presented,
one for each sport in which the MHSAA sponsors a postseason tournament.
Each of the scholarship recipients will be honored at halftime
ceremonies of the Class C Boys Basketball final game at the Breslin
Student Events Center in East Lansing on March 23. Commemorative
plaques will be given to other finalists in recognition of their
The eight Scholar-Athlete Award honorees for the 2001 fall sports
season are: Jaime Fornetti, Kingsford, girls basketball; Armon
Mahajerin, Saginaw Heritage, boys cross country; Angela Hiner,
Monroe Jefferson, girls cross country; Timothy Kareem Khoury,
Cass City, football; Brian Hammer, Elk Rapids, boys golf; Jeffrey
G. Shumer, North Farmington, boys soccer; Sarah Gelwicks, Monroe
St. Mary Catholic Central, girls swimming and diving; and Noorain
Fatima Khan, Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central, girls tennis.
Overviews of the eight scholarship recipients of the fall Scholar-Athlete
Award follow. A quote from each recipient's essay is also included:
Girls Basketball -- Jaime Fornetti, Kingsford. Lettered
three times in basketball and four times in track & field
MVP of basketball team as a junior
Great Northern U.P. Conference Player of the
part of school-record 800-meter relay team ... member
of National Honor Society and Student Council
in French Club, Drama Club, and was Treasurer for Tri-Hi-Y
volunteered for Humane Society and captained her American Cancer
Society "Relay for Life" team ... will attend Washington
University at St. Louis, Hillsdale College, Albion College, Butler
University or DePaul University and study pre-medicine.
- "There are 'little girls' peering out from bleachers all
across America, looking up to high school athletes and placing
them on pedestals that stand far apart from those belonging to
the rest of the world. It is an athlete's responsibility to be
aware of these eyes and never let them down."
Boys Cross Country
-- Armon Mahajerin, Saginaw Heritage. Armon Mahajerin, Saginaw Heritage. Earned three varsity
letters in cross country and one in track & field
two-year captain and MVP of cross country team
all-conference cross country ... served as Appeals Board Chairperson
for two years ... participated in Student Assembly and as Class
Council Treasurer for four years
member of National Honor
Society and Quiz Bowl/Academic Olympiad teams
of Multi-Cultural Club and three-year member of Student Affairs
Committee ... involved with Habitat for Humanity, Adopt-a-Highway,
and American Cancer Society "Relay for Life"
will study computer science at Michigan State University or the
University of Michigan.
Essay Quote - "From high school athletics
I have learned to not be over-aggressive toward others and to
avoid the consequences of always comparing myself to others.
Rather, I seek my personal best and accept it. I have raced with
some of the best runners in the state, and I honor their great
abilities. I would love to be at their level, but I know that
I have tapped all of my potential, and this brings me satisfaction."
Girls Cross Country -- -- Angela Hiner,
Monroe Jefferson. Awarded
three varsity letters in cross country and track & field
named cross country team captain as a senior and second
team All-Huron League as a junior
served as Secretary
for National Honor Society
participated all four years
in high school State Solo and Ensemble Festival and earned two
Division I ratings
participated on school's Attendance
Appeal Board for three years ... volunteered as a tutor and for
American Red Cross ... earned Girl Scout Gold Award
attend Valparaiso University or Michigan State University.
Essay Quote - "I believe in applying myself
fully to any endeavor I choose to pursue. I have devoted a great
deal of time and effort to running during my high school years.
However, I know that I must keep athletics in a perspective that
reminds me that they are not the most important things in life.
Getting caught up in a state of mind that focuses only on personal
performance and winning contradicts the purpose of high school
athletics. What an athlete can learn from participating in sports
reaches far beyond their physical capabilities. Teamwork, respect,
and other aspects of sportsmanship share an even greater role
in the lessons sports teach young athletes."
Football -- Timothy
Kareem Khoury, Cass City. Lettered
two times in football, basketball, and track & field
elected captain of football team ... voted all-conference scholar-athlete
in football, basketball, and track & field
of Foreign Language Club for three years and served as President
and Diploma de Merito
participated in Student Council
and school plays ... member of National Honor Society
played in jazz, concert, marching, pep, and honors band and received
U.S. National Band Award ... volunteered as a church organist
and for American Red Cross blood drives
will study computer
engineering at the University of Notre Dame, the University of
Michigan, Harvard University, Northwestern University or Valparaiso
Essay Quote - "Sportsmanship does affect
athletes and their peers. It can label them as the 'good guy'
or the 'bad guy.' It determines how much one truly enjoys and
respects the game they participate in. It can also mold the way
one approaches the life they have ahead of them. The importance
of sportsmanship is not an over-debated topic, but a reality
that everyone should take to heart."
Boys Golf -- Brian Hammer, Elk Rapids.
Earned three varsity
letters in golf and baseball and one in cross country
captained golf team for two seasons ... voted to all-conference
and all-region golf team two years and all-state as a senior,
member of all-conference and all-region baseball team
member of academic all-state golf and baseball teams
Sportsman of the Year award
participated in band, jazz
lab, S.A.D.D., and was Vice President of National Honor Society
received National Honor Society Volunteer of the Year
award ... was Science Olympiad Class C state runner-up and state
champion, and Bottle Rocket, Trajectory, and Scrambler state
champion ... volunteered for Salvation Army, Elk Rapids Harbor
Days, and coordinated Detroit Sister School project
study business management at Northwestern University, Calvin
College or Hope College.
Essay Quote - "Sportsmanship is not about
winning or losing, it is about playing the game. True good sports
are the people who can compete to the utmost of their ability,
yet walk away from the experience with a positive outlook. The
true student-athletes of today's age not only are classy and
honorable in victory, but also in defeat. People have become
obsessed with winning and sending off a positive vibe. However,
if the masses were really wise they would see the value in acting
with good sportsmanship rather than putting so much emphasis
Boys Soccer -- Jeffrey G. Shumer,
North Farmington. Three-year
letter winner in soccer and two-year winner in track & field
captained soccer team as a senior and earned a spot on
the Western Lakes Athletic Association All-Division team
named to all-district, all-region, and honorable mention all-state
team as a junior ... elected junior and senior class President
... served as President of National Honor Society
in school musical, elite choirs, and earned Merit award each
of four years as a peer mediator
also volunteered with
West Bloomfield Public Library and American Heart Association
... involved in American Legion Boys' State and received Mayor
will attend the University of Michigan or the University
of Pennsylvania and study business.
Essay Quote - "High school is about maturing,
learning, and growing. One thing that has helped me mature greatly
has been my participation in high school athletics. I have learned
how to work with others, and that often the best accomplishments
come from successful teamwork. I have gained leadership skills
that I apply to everyday life. I have learned how to make quick
decisions and how to react with a level head under pressure.
I have learned that most things in life worth achieving come
from practice, hard work, and passionate beliefs. I have experienced
the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat, and I have learned
the importance of always shaking hands with my opponents, no
matter the outcome at the end of a game. I haven't necessarily
learned lessons from the sport of soccer, but rather from my
educational high school soccer experiences."
Girls Swimming & Diving -- Sarah
Gelwicks, Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central. Lettered four years in swimming &
diving, soccer and synchronized swimming
all-league and all-county three times
state champion in
synchronized swimming in 1998 and 1999 and received Coach's Award
honored as one of America's Champion Athletes ... participated
in Spanish Club, Rotary Interact Club, Student Senate, and Global
Youth Leadership Conference
member of National Honor Society
volunteered at Immaculate Heart of Mary Motherhouse and
as coach and tutor at St. John Grade School
St. John Catholic Church ... will study mechanical engineering
at the University of Notre Dame.
Essay Quote - "Sportsmanship establishes
community, creates rules, and produces a level of fairness in
both sports and society. Consequently, these three aspects of
sportsmanship make for a positive environment for athletic and
social growth. Our attitude on the playing field demonstrates
the overall level of sportsmanship that we possess in our lives.
This sportsmanship within athletic competition is the first step
to an overall more positive and benevolent atmosphere in real
Girls Tennis -- Noorain
Fatima Khan, Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central. Awarded three letters in tennis and
was captain senior year
MHSAA Regional finalist, voted
all-conference and all-area honorable mention as a senior
member of student council and treasurer of senior class
participated in forensics and team captain for nationally ranked
(top 10) Model United Nations team
finished as Science
Olympiad state champion three times in three different events
... received Girl Scout Gold Award, volunteered with youth group
and Young Women for Change ... President/Founder of Islamic Youth
Group of Grand Rapids
also awarded YWCA Tribute! Award
plans to study cellular biology or communications in college.
Essay Quote - "Sportsmanship is an integral
aspect of life; it reaches far beyond athletics and competition.
For this reason, it should play an even more important role in
educational athletics. It is during these impressive times that
students learn skills and discover talents that will help them
succeed later in life. Exemplifying sportsmanship is a disciplined
approach that forces one to accept the consequences of an honest
Other fall finalists by sport for
the Scholar-Athlete Award were: Girls Basketball -- Jamie Lynn Barbour, Dearborn Edsel
Ford; Jennifer DeClerck, Warren Cousino; Sarah M. Hawley, Hart
Lakeshore Public Academy; Amanda Lyon, Mesick; Andrea McNab,
Saginaw Nouvel; Kacey Mohre, Charlotte. Boys Cross Country --
Adam Benedict Chartier, Menominee; Kevin McCabe, Allen Park Cabrini;
Joseph Person, Birmingham Seaholm; Timothy S. Sukta, Jackson
Christian; Jeffrey Scott Weber, Grandville. Girls Cross Country
-- Genevieve Barrett, Battle Creek Pennfield; Katharina Obser,
White Lake Lakeland; Jena M. Rokos, Spring Lake; Jane Catherine
Stieber, Boyne City; Erin Walsh, Fenton. Football -- Conrad Bird,
Haslett; John Russell Chambers, Grosse Ile; Nicholas R. Erdman,
Stevensville Lakeshore; Scott Andrew Kortlandt, Novi; Kyle Marc
Kolbe, Clare; Michael Kelly Reed, Marquette. Boys Golf -- Jesse
Dixon, Ann Arbor Greenhills; Travis J. May, Battle Creek Pennfield;
Robert C. Nyblad, Kent City; Corbin Tyler Swiastyn, Owendale-Gagetown;
John Wright, Bloomfield Hills Lahser. Boys Soccer -- Matthew
A. Carey, Richland Gull Lake; Andrew S. Cavis, St. Clair; Brian
Flietstra, Hudsonville Unity Christian. Girls Swimming &
Diving -- Joanna Laethem, Caro; Lynn Pastor Visser, Jenison.
Girls Tennis -- Karyn Bartels, Kalamazoo Christian; Kristal Janne
Fears, Detroit Renaissance; Lindsey E. Moore, St. Clair.
Students applying for the Scholar-Athlete Award must be carrying
at least a 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) grade-point average, and have
previously won a letter in a varsity sport in which the Michigan
High School Athletic Association sponsors a postseason tournament.
Other requirements for the applicants were to show active participation
in other school and community activities and produce an essay
on the importance of sportsmanship in educational athletics.
Winter sport scholarship recipients will be announced on Feb.
13, and spring sports honorees will be announced on Feb. 20.
The MHSAA is a private, not-for-profit corporation of voluntary
membership by over 1,300 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.