The Michigan High School Athletic Association announced its 14 Class A student-athlete scholarship winners Tuesday to complete its 32-member class of 2020-21 honorees.
The 32 high school seniors will each receive a $1,000 college scholarship with an online ceremony scheduled during the winter sports season.
Students must have at least a 3.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale and must have won a letter in an MHSAA varsity sport to be eligible for the scholarship program, which is in its 32nd season. If the student intended to play a 2020 spring sport before the season was canceled, it was counted as participation.
Michaela Castle, Ionia
Michaela Castle played two seasons of varsity volleyball, two seasons of varsity basketball and will play her fourth season of varsity softball, earning all-league in volleyball and softball. She also participated in student council, National Honor Society, Ionia Athletic Advisory Committee and Ionia County Youth Advisory Council. Castle competed in debate, forensics, jazz band, symphonic band and marching band. Castle will study political science at Michigan.
Audrey DaDamio, Birmingham Seaholm
Audrey DaDamio competed four seasons of varsity cross country and will run her fourth season of varsity track in the spring. She earned all-state in cross country three times, including a championship finish in Division 1 this season. Named National Merit Scholarship semifinalist and participated in National Honor Society, serving as chapter co-founder and vice-president of the National Chinese Honor Society. Participated in marching band, symphony band and forensics. DaDamio will study human biology at Stanford.
Iris Hwang, Mount Pleasant
Iris Hwang ran four years of cross country, adding three seasons of track and field and three seasons of varsity tennis, including playing on the boys team as a junior. Hwang is the top-ranked student in her class. She participated in student senate, National Honor Society, Business Professionals of America and school service club. Hwang participated in a research program at Central Michigan University and the Emerging Rural Leaders program at the University of Chicago. She will study economics in college.
Madeline Kohler, Grosse Pointe North
Madeline Kohler played four seasons of varsity basketball and will play her third season of varsity soccer in the spring. She helped lead the basketball team to a regional championship and semifinal appearance in 2018. Kohler participated in National Honor Society, Link Crew, Interact Club, concert and youth soccer official. She will study nursing in college.
Laura O’Brien, Ann Arbor Skyline
Laura O’Brien ran four seasons of varsity cross country and will run her fourth season of track in the spring. She ran in two MHSAA cross country finals and qualified for the MHSAA track finals. She participated in National Honor Society, Freeman Environmental Education Youth Council, University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability climate change workshops and the Southeast Michigan Stewardship Coalition community forum. She performed for four years in choir and served as website designer, administrator and co-founder of a virtual tutoring program. She will study environmental science in college.
Emily Song, Canton
Emily Song, ranked No. 1 in her class academically, competed in swimming and varsity tennis at Canton. She participated in STEM academy, National Honor Society, Michigan Music Teachers Association piano and saxophone, dance, Asian Pacific American Club and Chinese Americans summer camp. Song participated in youth soccer as an official and coach. She participated in Key Club and GET-IT cyberstart club. Song also tutored in math and English, instructing students in Wuhan, China during the COVID-19 pandemic. She will student computer science at Michigan.
Zoe Ziegler, Okemos
Ziegler ran three seasons of varsity cross country and will play a fourth season of varsity lacrosse in the spring, earning all-state honors in lacrosse. Ziegler played for the China U-19 national lacrosse team at the 2019 world championships and coached youth lacrosse. Ziegler, a third-degree black belt in taekwondo, participated in National Honor Society, student council, Literature Club, Science Olympiad and A.C.T.I.O.N. service group. Ziegler will student behavioral neuroscience at Grand Valley State.
Aidan Eichman, Portage Central
Aidan Eichman will play his third season of varsity baseball in the spring, earning all-league in baseball as a sophomore. He participated in National Honor Society, the school’s performing arts program and the Kalamazoo Area Math and Science Center, earning its AP Computer Science-A Book Award. He was named the co-champion of the American Computer Science League classroom division and earned a USA Computing Olympiad silver medal. He founded and participated in the school tutoring program and the KAMSC study table, also serving as part of a tutoring program for students in New York City during the COVID-19 pandemic. He will study computer science in college.
Lawrence Gilliam, Detroit U-D Jesuit
Lawrence Gilliam will participate in his fourth season of varsity track in the spring, earning all-county and all-league honors. He earned the College Board National African American Recognition Award and cum laude on the National Latin Exam. He participated in National Honor Society, student senate, the school’s Black Awareness Society for Education, the Detroit Kappa League, symphonic band and the U-M Ross School of Business Enriching Academics in Collaboration with High School program. He also co-founded the school’s be nice. mental health program. He will study finance and business management in college.
Jacob Harris, Grosse Pointe South
Jacob Harris has played varsity tennis, varsity basketball and varsity baseball at Grosse Pointe South, earning all-state honors in tennis. He participated in National Honor Society, LINK Crew, student pep club, student newspaper and DECA. Harris, who was a medalist on the National Spanish Exam, served as a youth tennis instructor, a student mentor and in a peer program to assist students with disabilities. He designed and distributed bracelets to raise money for a local suicide prevention foundation. He will study international relations in college.
Troy Pratley, St. Joseph
Troy Pratley played varsity football, basketball and baseball for St. Joseph, earning all-league in football and leading the team to a pair of playoff appearances. He participated in National Honor Society, Student Leaders Initiating Change, student government and be nice. mental health awareness program. He participated in choir and sang at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Pratley served as membership director for the Interact Club, a youth sports official, public address announcer and was picked to represent the state at the U.S. Marine Corps Semper Fidelis All-American Program’s Battle Won Academy. Pratley will study special education at Concordia University-Chicago.
Caleb Qiu, Midland Dow
Caleb Qiu played four seasons of varsity tennis, earning all-state honors and helping lead Dow to a runner-up finish in Division 2. He earned a red belt in taekwondo and was named National Merit Scholarship semifinalist and AP Scholar. Qiu published a COVID-19 exposure notification app. He participated in robotics, symphony band, the school’s Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam, U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad, National Honors Society and the math team. Qiu will study computer science in college.
Liam Smith, Rockford
Liam Smith competed for four seasons on the varsity swim team, earning a spot on the U.S. Paralympics Swimming national Emerging and C teams. He earned a silver and four bronze medals at the 2019 Parapan American Games and has won nine national championships. Smith owns 24 U.S. Paralympic national records. Smith attained Eagle Scout and was named to the Order of the Arrow society, earning the Presidential Service Award three years. He participated in student council, National Honor Society and the school’s peer listening group. He will study computer science in college.
Maxwell Werner, Traverse City Central
Maxwell Werner participated in varsity soccer, skiing and track, earning all-league in soccer and all-region in skiing, helping the 2018 ski team finish as a Division 1 runner-up. He participated in National Honor Society and Students for Environmental Activism, earning Student Environmentalist of the Year by the Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council. Werner owns and operates a bike-powered neighborhood composting business. He participated in the SciMa Tech Symposium, Notre Liderato advocacy, summer bike camps and school orchestra. He will study environmental engineering in college.
Haleigh Knowles, Sault Ste. Marie
Haleigh Knowles participated in cross country, basketball and track, earning all-state in cross country and track plus all-league in basketball. She participated in National Honor Society, student government, Business Professionals of America, Students United volunteer group and LINKS. Knowles earned the gold-level President’s Volunteer Service Award three times, adding the Hospice of the EUP’s Service and Membership Award. She will study pre-law at Michigan State.
Andrea Kowalski, Chelsea
Andrea Kowalski participated in basketball, soccer and cross country, earning all-league in soccer. She helped the basketball team win a league title in 2020 and the cross country team win a regional title in 2017. She has participated in student council, marching band, symphony band, National Honor Society and the civic engagement club as a founding member. She will study engineering at Michigan.
Elena Schwegman, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep
Elena Schwegman played varsity basketball, volleyball and softball, helping the volleyball team win a 2017 championship. She earned all-region in softball. Schwegman participated in student council, National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, be nice. mental health awareness group and a tutoring group that offered free services during the COVID-19 pandemic. She will study business, economics and computer science in college.
Illyanna Marie Taylor, Three Rivers
Illyanna Marie Taylor played varsity basketball, golf, soccer and track, earning all-league in golf and helping the basketball team win a district title in 2020. She has participated in student council, DECA, National Honor Society, marching band, symphony band and choir. She will study pre-med in college.
Wilson Bragg, Gladwin
Wilson Bragg competed in varsity cross country, soccer, basketball and track, earning all-region and all-league honors in cross country, basketball and track. Bragg participated in National Honor Society and is dual enrolled at Mid Michigan College. He served more than 300 hours as a mentor or volunteer, earning the Daughters of American Revolution Good Citizen Award. Wilson Bragg has also participated in business club. He will study business in college.
Hudson Alexander Harkness, Newaygo
Harkness played varsity football, basketball and baseball at Newaygo, earning all-league honors in football. He participated in student government, National Honor Society, yearbook and College Ambassador program. Harkness, who has earned college credit through George Mason University, was selected as the National Youth Correspondent for the Washington Journalism and Media Conference at George Mason. He volunteered as the West Michigan Miracle League announcer and earned the school’s community service award. He will study sports management at Northwood University.
Dhilan Nagaraju, Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood
Nagaraju played varsity tennis and basketball, earning all-state honors in tennis and was part of the team’s 2018 and 2020 Division 3 championship teams. He participated in Horizon UpwardBound, the Business/Entrepreneurship Club, the Bridge the Divide group, LEAD Summer Business Institute and the Cornell Real Estate Exchange. He participated in chemistry and biology research at Oakland University and founded a community service organization to provide personal protective equipment. He also competed in piano and debate. He will study business and economics in college.
Ryan Tang, Detroit Country Day
Ryan Tang played varsity soccer, helping his team earn a Division 2 state championship in 2018 and earning all-state honors. He earned AP Scholar and National Merit Scholarship honors, along with the Association of Chinese Americans O.S. Chan scholarship. He co-founded the Help on the Way fundraising organization and the school’s Finance/Entrepreneurship Club. He created the prototype for a college counseling app and advanced to the creative problem-solving state finals as part of the HOSA Future Health Professionals team. He will study business management and computer science in college.
Meagan Lasky, Bronson
Meagan Lasky played volleyball, basketball and soccer, earning all-state honors in volleyball and all-league honors in basketball. She helped Bronson win the 2017 and 2018 Division 3 volleyball state championships and will participate on the school’s first girls soccer team. She participated in student council, National Honor Society, Make a Difference Club and 4-H. She served as a youth basketball referee. She will study psychology at Albion College.
Sophia Rayes, Oscoda
Rayes participated in varsity cross country and track. She also wrestled on the varsity as a freshman and sophomore. Rayes earned all-league honors in cross country and track. She participated in student council, Rotary Interact club, National Honor Society and the robotics team. Rayes served as a representative on the Oscoda Board of Education and the local United Way board. She also coordinated a local Red Cross blood drive. Rayes will study secondary English education at Michigan.
Elizabeth Williams, Ishpeming Westwood
Williams participated in cross country, swimming and track, placing in the MHSAA state final in all three sports and earning all-state honors in cross country and track. Williams participated in the Business Professionals of America, student council, Student Advisory Committee and National Honor Society. She will study environmental studies and political science at Northern Michigan.
Nicholas Errer, Bad Axe
Errer participated in varsity soccer, bowling and baseball for Bad Axe, earning all-state honors in soccer. He has participated in student council, National Honor Society and FFA. Errer earned a regional award in construction trades and participated in Rotary Interact club. Errer served on the area tech center’s Student Leadership Team. Errer will study finance at Oakland University.
Finn Feldeisen, Ann Arbor Greenhills
Feldeisen played varsity tennis and lacrosse, helping the lacrosse team win a league title in 2019. Feldeisen earned all-state tennis honors after winning a state finals flight championship. He has participated in student council, Model United Nations, forensics, peer-to-peer math tutoring, United Way and regional youth council. He won the Amabassador Award from the United Nations Association of the USA. He will study business in college.
David Jahnke, Saginaw Valley Lutheran
Jahnke competed in football, wrestling and track at Valley Lutheran, winning a Saginaw County championship in wrestling. He participated in student council, National Honor Society, Key Club, STEM Club, Spanish Club, symphonic band and global awareness club. Jahnke earned the Key Club service medallion and served as the STEM chief science officer. He will study biomedical engineering at Michigan State.
Olivia Lowe, Leland
Lowe competed in varsity volleyball, basketball and soccer, earning all-state in basketball as a junior when she eclipsed the 1,000-point mark. She also earned all-league in volleyball and helped Leland earn back-to-back Division 4 runner-up finishes. Lowe participated in International Baccalaureate World School Middle Years, student council, National Honor Society and National Art Honor Society. She earned the Principal of Excellence Award from the Teacher Academy. She will study elementary education at Hope College.
Sophia Stowe, Northport
Stowe played varsity volleyball and soccer at Northport, earning all-state volleyball honors. She participated in student government, Youth Advisory Council, National Art Honor Society and National Honor Society. She studied with dual enrollment at Northwestern Michigan College and served as a county health department youth COVID advocate. She will study human biology at Michigan State.
Jaeger Griswold, Ellsworth
Griswold competed in varsity basketball, baseball and track, earning all-league honors in basketball and helping the 2018 and 2019 baseball teams win league titles. He has participated in student council, National Honor Society, school band, FIRST Robotics, American MENSA and the Keep America Beautiful youth advisory council. He was selected to the University of Notre Dame’s Summer Scholars program and serves as the lead organizer for a charity golf outing that raises more than $10,000 a year to benefit child burn victims. Griswold will attend either Harvard or Yale.
Wyatt Sirrine, Leland
Sirrine competed in varsity soccer and basketball, with plans to compete for the first time in track in the spring. He earned soccer all-state honors as a senior, helping the team reach the Division 4 semifinals after winning the Division 4 title in 2018. He was selected to the Michigan Olympic Development Program state team. He has participated in National Honor Society, student council, the COVID-19 Return to Learning task force and the Leland Soccer Academy. He was picked to attend the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Conference. He will study international relations at Stanford.
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