Fall Sports Nutrition Award Recipients
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE --November 16, 1999
Contact: John Johnson or Andy Frushour-- 517.332.5046
UDIM Presents Cash Grants & Scholarships
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Nov. 16 - The fall sports recipients have
been selected to be honored through the Michigan High School
Athletic Association's Sports Nutrition Award program, underwritten
by the United Dairy Industry of Michigan.
This is the second full year in which the program honors schools
in the 24 sports in which in the MHSAA sponsors post-season tournaments.
For the first three years of the program, the Sports Nutrition
Award focused on wrestling.
Seven schools were selected in a drawing from all of the entries
received in their respective sports to receive a $1,000 cash
grant for their program, and a $500 scholarship for a student-athlete
chosen by their own criteria. In addition, an eighth school
was honored after being judged to have conducted the most creative
nutrition education program of all the entries submitted. The
merit award will present a $2,000 cash grant to a school's sports
program and a $1,000 scholarship to a student-athlete of its
The Sports Nutrition Award program is part of UDIM's sports nutrition
education program, which is the focus of its year-round partnership
with the MHSAA. Schools in all sports were invited to participate
in a program where they could implement a nutrition education
program from a variety of options. Schools only needed to provide
verification of participation in the program to become eligible
for the prize drawing.
The fall sports scholarship recipients will be honored at ceremonies
at halftime of the Class C championship game of the MHSAA Girls
Basketball Finals at Rose Arena in Mt. Pleasant on December 4.
The game begins at 5 p.m. (EST)
The schools chosen to receive fall Sports Nutrition Awards are:
Girls Basketball - St. Johns High School, head coach Mark Laceski,
nutrition liaison Diane Penix, scholarship recipient Amy Marie
Hyde; Girls Cross Country - Traverse City West High School, head
coach Ann Post, scholarship recipient Emily Johnston; Boys Cross
Country - Bear Lake High School, head coach Dal Townsend, nutrition
liaison Lynette Maxey, scholarship recipient Aaron Shrum; Football
- Rapid River High School, head coach Steve Ostrenga, nutrition
liaison Francie Larrabee, scholarship recipient Adam Rushford;
Boys Soccer -- Sandusky High School, head coach Randy Filkins,
scholarship recipient Jesse Buck; Girls Swimming & Diving
-- Ferndale High School, co-coaches Ann Herrold, Beth Thayer
and Diane Chasteen, scholarship recipient Tara Haggerty; Girls
Tennis -- Davison High School, head coach Jennifer Hall, scholarship
recipient Jenni Benford.
Sandusky was a recipient last year in boys cross country, while
Davison is receiving the girls tennis award for the second straight
All of the applications were considered for the Merit Award,
given to the school judged to have the most creative sports nutrition
education program. A committee of UDIM and MHSAA representatives
selected the girls cross country application from Warren Mott
High School for the second consecutive year. The head coach
is Mark Urquhart, the nutrition liaison is Michele Urquhart,
and the scholarship recipient is Nicole Yuhase.
All schools which participated in the Sports Nutrition Award
program will be recognized with a certificate. Information for
winter sports will be mailed soon to head coaches at each MHSAA
senior high school, with the award recipients to be named in
early March, and the scholarship recipients to be honored at
the MHSAA Boys Basketball Finals at East Lansing on March 25.
With headquarters in Okemos, UDIM is a non-profit, member-driven
association that conducts a total promotion program for Michigan
produced milk and other real dairy products.
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 conducted
in 12 sports for girls and 12 sports for boys which attract approximately
1.3 million spectators each year.
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