Grayling High School recognizes Class of 2018 sports participants during 20th Annual Senior Student-Athlete Honors Night
Grayling High School recognized its Class of 2018 sports participants – a group that included four all-state players (one for two different sports) – on Thursday night during the 20th Annual Senior Student-Athlete Honors Night.
During the Senior Student-Athlete Honors Night, held at the school’s Joseph Stripe Auditorium, the athletic department recognized 43 seniors, announcing each of their names and giving engraved plaques to those who attended.
“Our seniors have shown incredible dedication and commitment to Grayling throughout their time here. They have succeeded, failed, and, most importantly, grown as a result of their participation in sports,” according to the athletic department.
This year’s group of honorees included four all-state athletes.
All-state athletes for the Class of 2018 included: Justin Nicholas (football and basketball), Reece Ferrigan (wrestling), Sam Davis (soccer), and Jacob Macfalda (skiing).
Coaches for each player’s sport spoke at length about each all-state athlete, and each one received a special plaque.
Thirteen Vikings were honored with the Distinguished Athlete Award (six or more varsity letters, with at least one earned during their senior year): Christian Artress, Louis Cotton, Sam Davis, Anna Fisher, Jaden Gauthier, Mallory Hatfield, Chris Hunter, Jacob Macfalda, Justin Nicholas, Trey Moffit, Destiny Schans, Carlie Wilson, and Tyler Withers.
Grayling had two Michigan High School Athletic Association Scholar-Athlete awards this year: Chantel Maczorowski and Carlie Wilson.
“The MHSAA Scholar-Athlete is the most prestigious award given out by the MHSAA each year. There are over 1,000 applicants each year and only 32 student-athletes are chosen to receive a $1,000 scholarship. The criteria for this award is as follows: Students must be a graduating senior with a 3.5 GPA or higher and have received at least one varsity letter. Students who meet these qualifications must fill out a lengthy application process that includes listing your extra-curricular activities, short answer questions, and an essay as well as getting three letters of recommendation,” said Grayling High School Athletic Director Nate Maury.
The ceremony concluded with the presentation of the Viking Award, given annually to the top male and top female athlete of the senior class at Grayling High School. This year’s recipients were Justin Nicholas (football, basketball, baseball) and Mallory Hatfield (volleyball, basketball, softball).