A pair of Lions are among the finalists for the Michigan High School Athletic Association's Scholar-Athlete Awards.
Kendall Mathis and Hudson Harkness join the 120 candidates in contention for the awards. 32 students including 8 from each division will be selected to receive the scholarships.
Mathis has participated in volleyball, basketball, and track and field in her time as a Lion. She was a member of last year’s Regional Champion basketball team which was forced to end their season prematurely due to Covid, this year’s Conference Champion volleyball team and has been an All Conference athlete in track. In the classroom she excels with a schedule full of honors classes. Her GPA is an impressive 4.0. In addition, Kendall is a member of National Honors Society, College Ambassadors and was the leader of the ski club in 2020.
Harkness has participated in football, basketball, and baseball as well as cross country in his time as a Lion. He has earned athletic honors in football including the 2021 All-Conference Center and Academic All-State. In the classroom Hudson has earned an outstanding 4.27 GPA. His community service is an area in which he excels, volunteering his time to announce youth sports of all sorts. He is a member of the yearbook staff, Student Council, National Honors Society and College Ambassadors.
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 underwrites the Scholar-Athlete Awards and will present a $1,000 scholarship to each recipient.
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 scholarship recipients will take place in early February.