GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) — This week’s Meijer Scholar Athlete is Grandville High School senior Alyssa Kalsbeek.
Kalsbeek is hardworking student with a 4.26 GPA. She’s among the top ten in her class. She’s extremely busy with four AP classes and is a member and officer of the student council, the National Honor Society, and the Women’s Varsity Leadership Club. She is also involved with her church community, volunteering in the Sunday school program and participating in a weekly youth group. She has volunteering experience and went on six service-oriented mission trips.
After high school, Kalsbeek is debating on attending Hope College or the University of Michigan. She plans to major in biology or chemistry, to pursue her dream of going to medical school.
On the athletic side, Kalsbeek has played in a variety of sports, from track to volleyball — but her favorite is water polo. As a freshman polo player, Ali was named JV MVP. Since then, Ali has been a Varsity starter and named MVP her sophomore & junior year as well as All-Conference and Second-Team All-Region. She works hard to be a good example to the younger players, and as a Senior Captain, her goal this year is to help the team qualify for state.
Kalsbeek says she was attracted to the sport after seeing her older brothers play.
“I have five brothers and I watched them all play it so, I was like, ‘I want to do that.’ I love the atmosphere of playing the game. Water polo is a team-type sport; you can’t do it by yourself, no matter how bad you want to. So, you really have to work with everyone, get along, and manage people skills.”