Reflections by Randy Hodge
|Posted on April 26, 2018 at 7:25 AM|
On Sunday, April 22, 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 have 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.
This year's speaker was Hope College basketball coach Greg Mitchell. Coach Mitchell started his coaching career at Laingsburg High School. His keynote address challenged the student athletes to always be prepared, to stick to their roots and always know that one can reach higher.
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 13 scholar athletes recognized at the banquet, which represents 52% of the senior class. The students, recognized for both their academic and athletic success, were Lauren Bengel, Katie Coyne, Chloe Cross, Emma Gunderman, Abby Pearson, Colin Pline, Alaina Schrauben, Amelia Schrauben, Tyler Schrauben, Mallory Scheurer, Kayla Shaw, lsaiah Smith and Maddyson Smith.
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.