Honoring the seniors
Grayling High School’s 21st Annual Senior Student-Athlete Honors Night offers recognition to 40 12th grade sports participants, including two all-state players
Caleb Casey | Managing Editor
Grayling High School recognized all of its 12th grade sports participants – including two all-staters and 13 players who earned six or more varsity letters – during the 21st Annual Senior Student-Athlete Honors Night on Thursday at the auditorium at GHS.
The event honored 40 seniors this year. Each senior received a plaque, and Grayling High School Athletic Director Nate Maury said a few words (provided by the coaches) about each student-athlete.
Of the 40, two were honored for achieving all-state status: Nick Hunter (football) and Logan Joseph (football).
“We’ve been fortunate to have these two kids in our program for the last four years,” said Eric Tunney, head coach of the Grayling High School football program.
Tunney, during Thursday night’s Senior Student-Athlete Honors Night, said Hunter amassed more than 2,000 yards and scored 24 touchdowns for the Vikings during his career. Tunney described Joseph as a versatile player who posted more than 2,300 yards playing quarterback, receiver, and running back for Grayling.
Maury presented 13 seniors with the Distinguished Athlete Award, an honor he introduced to the event last year. To qualify, athletes had to earn at least six varsity letters during their time at Grayling High School. Recipients included: Ryan Anderson (10 varsity letters), Eli Bindschatel (7 varsity letters), Justin Bodkins (7 varsity letters), Hailey Hartman (6 varsity letters), Nick Hunter (8 varsity letters), Logan Joseph (11 varsity letters), Mitchell Kuziel (7 varsity letters), Madison Longendyke (6 varsity letters), Nicole Oppermann (10 varsity letters), Abby Pippin (6 varsity letters), Esa Powers (9 varsity letters), Kendall Tomczak (10 varsity letters), and David Walsh (8 varsity letters).
The night ended with the presentation of the Viking Award. The award – voted by the school’s varsity coaches – goes to the top male athlete and the top female athlete of the senior class.
This year’s Viking Award winners were Nick Hunter and Nicole Oppermann. Hunter played football, basketball, and baseball during his time at Grayling High School. Oppermann was a skier, a volleyball player, and a tennis player.
Maury, during Thursday night’s ceremony, praised this year’s senior athlete group for posting an overall grade point average of 3.32.