Diane Katherine Reed from Bloomfield Hills High School is the latest Eccentric-area athlete to win the MHSAA’s Scholar-Athlete Award.
Reed, known to many as Annie, is among a group of 14 scholarship winners representing Class A member schools. Reed now receives a $1,000 scholarship based on her essay on sportsmanship that was submitted to the MHSAA.
The previous week, Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood’s Stephen Luckoff and Francis Misra were named as Class B scholarship winners.
This year’s other Class A Scholar-Athlete Award honorees include: Sara Condra (Hartland); Emily Diehl (Saline); Ashley Ko (Traverse City Central); Alex Sorgi (Utica Ford); Caycee Turczyn (Lapeer); Allison Utting (Grandville); Kyler Beal (Holland); Andrew Bennett (Linden); Matthew Carter (Ypsilanti Lincoln); Collin DeShaw (Holland West Ottawa); Andrew James Fox (Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central); Michael Kenney (Detroit U-D Jesuit); and Matthew J. Orringer (Ann Arbor Skyline).
Reed was a four-year varsity swimmer in Bloomfield Hills (two years with Lahser before it merged with Andover to form Bloomfield Hills two years ago). In the spring, she will have played her fourth season of varsity lacrosse.
As a swimmer, Reed earned All-State recognition with a 10th-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly as a sophomore. She served as a team captain for the swim team last fall when she also earned academic All-State honors for the second time.
Reed also will serve as a captain for the Black Hawks lacrosse team this spring after making All-State first-team as a junior.
The Bloomfield Hills senior earned AP Scholar with Honors recognition and is participating in National Honor Society for the second year. Last year, she was the editor of Bloomfield Hills’ school newspaper where she earned multiple awards from the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association during three years on the staff.
Reed volunteered as a swimming coach for Special Olympics and founded a social club for special-needs students. Reed plans to study biochemical engineering in college. She has not yet chosen a college to attend.
In addition, Reed was one of four students statewide to have won a $1,000 scholarship from the Michigan Interscholastic Athletic Administrator Association.
Following is a quote from her MHSAA sportsmanship essay:
“If you break it down, sportsmanship is being gracious whether you win or lose. The ethos of fair play and compassion for other participants is the starting point, and ideally the reason, why we all play sports.”
Other Class A girls finalists for the Scholar-Athlete Award were: Kara N. Gehrke (Alpena); Rachel Menge (Ann Arbor Pioneer); Eliza Laramee (Berkley); Rachel DaDamio (Birmingham Seaholm); Sheridan Skopczynski (Gibraltar Carlson); Isabella Buck (Grandville); Allegra Lanae Berry (Greenville); Carson Vestergaard (Hartland); Kirsten Smith (Lansing Eastern); Meg Darmofal (Mason); Cydney Martell (Richland Gull Lake); Hayley Rogers (Salem); Courtney Rooker (St. Joseph); Ellie Lauren Taylor (Traverse City Central); Mikenna Ray (Traverse City West); Danielle Maxwell (Utica Ford); and Jessica Erickson (White Lake Lakeland).
Other Class A boys finalists for the Scholar-Athlete Award were: Stone Mathers (Ann Arbor Pioneer); Jacob W. Herbers (Battle Creek Lakeview); Eric Braun (Berkley); Justin Boogaart (Byron Center); David A. Posawatz (Clarkston); Sean Lang (East Grand Rapids); Mikey Roth (East Grand Rapids); Joseph Pummill (Garden City); Miles Kuperus (Grand Rapids Christian); Raymond Surya (Holland); Ryan Susterich (Muskegon Mona Shores); Shunhe Wang (Northville); Mark Luoma (Okemos); Ravin Randall (Port Huron); Benjamin Hill (Royal Oak); Alex Scott (Traverse City West); and Blake McComas (White Lake Lakeland).
Students applying for the Scholar-Athlete Award must be carrying at least a 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) grade-point average and have previously won a letter in a varsity sport in which the Michigan High School Athletic Association sponsors a postseason tournament. Other requirements for the applicants were to show active participation in other school and community activities and produce an essay on the importance of sportsmanship in educational athletics.
Farm Bureau Insurance, in its 26th year of sponsoring the award, will give $1,000 college scholarships to 32 individuals who represent their member schools in at least one sport in which the Association sponsors a postseason tournament. The first 30 scholarships are awarded proportionately by school classification and the number of student-athletes involved in those classes; also, there are two at-large honorees which can come from any classification.
Each of the scholarship recipients will be honored at halftime ceremonies of the Class C Boys Basketball Final game March 28 at the Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing. Commemorative medallions will be given to the finalists in recognition of their accomplishments.