A pair of Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood High School student-athletes have been selected to receive scholarships via the MHSAA’s annual Scholar-Athlete Award program.
C-K’s Stephen Luckoff and Francis Misra are among the group of eight winners representing Class B member schools. They have each earned a $1,000 scholarship based on their sportsmanship essays submitted to the MHSAA.
Luckoff has played four years of varsity soccer for the Cranes and will play his fourth season of varsity lacrosse this spring. He served as a team captain on last fall’s soccer team, which lost in the Division 2 state championship game. The West Bloomfield resident earned second team all-state honors.
In addition, Luckoff has served as president and lead facilitator of the Bridge and Divide Club, uniting those living in Detroit and its suburbs, and is participating as a youth intern for the second year for the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion.
Luckoff also founded Motor City Lacrosse and volunteered four years with the Miracle Baseball Organization. He served as head student leader of Horizons-Upward Bound tutoring program and volunteered four years for the Feedom Freedom urban farming program.
Luckoff plans to attend the University of Michigan and study finance. Following is a quote from his essay:
“For many, many years, I was blinded by the final results of my games and matches, blinded from the true meaning of my athletics. My tunnel vision made it very difficult for me to step out of my own shoes and fully embed myself with the morals and knowledge that athletics can teach. … As I move forward with my life, I seek to cherish every moment I have, every relationship I create and every step I take.”
Misra is a captain of the Cranbrook Kingswood boys swim team, which is in the midst of its season and ranked No. 1 in Division 3. A four-year varsity veteran, Misra qualified for the MHSAA state championship finals in his first three seasons, helping the Cranes win their first Division 3 team state title last year. He’s earned all-state honors in seven events over the past three seasons.
A Birmingham resident, Misra helped assemble a team for the National Kidney Foundation walk that raised more than $18,000 and also recruited a combined 180 walkers for multiple fundraising events.
In addition, Misra has volunteered for Horizons-Upward Bound as a swim instructor and academic tutor and as a swim instructor for the local Make-a-Splash program and for the Special Olympics Swim-a-Thon.
Misra earned Cranbrook Kingswood’s Shin/Welch Award “for outstanding leadership and citizenship.” He plans to attend the University of Michigan and study film production.
Following is a quote from his essay: “I thought that winning feeling I shared amongst my teammates was the best I could ever feel. But I was wrong. … My teammates and I realized that sportsmanship extends beyond the athletic arena.”
Besides Lukoff and Misra, the other Class B scholarship winners were Kirstin Anderson (Charlotte); Kelsey Cushway (Big Rapids); Kalabrya LeBrae Gondrezick (Benton Harbor); Amanda Paull (Cheboygan); Jonathan Krug (New Boston Huron); and Dane Miller (Dearborn Divine Child.
Other Class B girls finalists for the Scholar-Athlete Award were: Kendall Latshaw (Battle Creek Harper Creek); Shelby Bowers (Coldwater); Riley Blair (Dearborn Divine Child); Rebecca Piron (Escanaba); Raven Jefferson-Brinkley (Ferndale); Morgan Ketola (Freeland); Rachel Money (Grayling); Courtney Vande Vorde (Hamilton); Kikel Sekoni (Haslett); Kristen Marsman (Holland Christian); Jenna Davids (Portland); and Kelsey Metzger (Sturgis).
The other Class B boys finalists for the Scholar-Athlete Award were: Samuel Swem (Buchanan); T.J. Baker (Cadillac); Derek Sturvist (Cheboygan); Tyler James Burkhardt (Fowlerville); Andrew Olesak (Gladstone); Bradley Madsen (Manistee); Tyler Horn (Marshall); Chandler Biggs (Midland Bullock Creek); Jacob Almeda (Plainwell); Trenton L. Monroe (Plainwell); Mark Williamson (Spring Lake); and Garrett Bondy (Yale).
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 MHSAA 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 a $1,000 college scholarship to 32 individuals who represent their member schools. 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 who 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.