St. Patrick Catholic School

122 West Street, Portland, MI   (517) 647-7551

Reflections by Randy Hodge

Seniors Put the Scholar in Athlete!

Posted on May 5, 2017 at 7:30 AM

On Sunday, April 23, the Central Michigan Athletic Conference (CMAC) held its annual Scholar Athlete Banquet at the Eagle Eye Country Club. The banquet, which is held each April, honors seniors from the nine CMAC schools who have maintained a grade point average above 3.40 and who also lettered in two or more varsity sports (at least one in their senior year) in their high school careers.

The Scholar Athlete Banquet is a wonderful celebration, which invites the honored student athletes along with their parents and school administrators to a delicious meal, followed by a keynote speaker and presentation of the certificates.

This year's speaker was Pewamo-Westphalia High School Principal Mr. Todd Simmons. He commended the student athletes for their hard work in the gym, on the field, track, and course as well as for their accomplishments in the classroom. He recognized and acknowledged them for being the best in the CMAC. The focus of his keynote address was to challenge the student athletes to know their purpose for being and to know their role, whatever it may be.

The athletic director from each school read the names of the scholar athletes and talked about their accomplishments and future goals which included their college plans. As their names were called, the student athletes came to the front where they received a certificate from their superintendent or principal acknowledging their accomplishment and giving them individual recognition of their hard work.

St. Patrick School had 15 scholar athletes recognized at the banquet on Sunday, which represents 75% of the senior class. The students, recognized for both their academic and athletic success were Karlie Bartlett, Greg Doll, Noah Goodman, Hannah Greenwood, Blake Hodge, Sam Hodge, Matt Jandernoa, Sammi Leonard, Abrielle Mason, Jerrid Pline, Kelsey Schneider, Brendan Schrauben, Graham Smith, Brittany Thelen and Blake Wohlschied.

St. Patrick student athletes are also being noticed and recognized at a higher level than in the past. Previously, very few St. Patrick student athletes were recruited or chose to take their athletic skills and abilities to the next level. Now, each year, we have a number of students being recruited and signing National Letters of Intent. Currently, two students from the Class of 2017 have committed to a college athletic team. They are:

• Hannah Greenwood – Volleyball at Aquinas College

• Brendan Schrauben – Baseball at Alma College

St. Patrick School continues to encourage our students to use their gifts pursuing extracurricular activities in both athletics and in other areas. We are excited and proud when our students are recognized for working hard, honoring their commitments, and being successful in the classroom and beyond. It is the final piece of our mission statement: “We Achieve!” Congratulations to our seniors who have achieved both in the classroom and in extracurricular activities. May God continue to bless them in their future endeavors.


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