2021 Scholarship Award Winners

Amy Elizabeth Kelbel Scholarship ($1,500)

Celia Michael, Petoskey High School – During high school, Celia participated in DECA, theatre, steel drum band, tennis, marching band, National Honor Society, Key Club and the Cheetos Club – a kindness initiative. It is in DECA that Celia found her way. It has ignited a passion for competitive DECA that led to a top 30 finish at international competition and a leadership position on the DECA board. Celia plans to attend Michigan State University to study marketing and will be applying to the Residential Business College.

Anna Funk Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)

Matthew Whitfield, Harbor Springs High School – Matthew was involved in a variety of activities giving back to his school and community, including SAFE in Northern Michigan, Student Council, National Honor Society and Marching Band. Matthew served his community through Boy Scouts of America, and credits Boy Scouts with instilling in him the morals and values that make him who he is. In addition, Matthew was appointed to serve as the first junior member of the City of Harbor Springs Tree Advisory Board. Matthew plans to attend Michigan Technological University to study ecology.

Baiardi Family Foundation Scholarships
($2,000 each, Petoskey/Harbor Springs Schools and four-year college or university)

Lucas Baker, Harbor Springs High School – In his essay, Luke described himself as a problem solver. He plans to attend Michigan Technological University to obtain a degree in mechanical engineering so he can fulfill his passion of solving problems for the world.

 

 

Alexis Glaser, Petoskey High School – Alexis was a standout swimmer for the Hammerheads Swim Club throughout her youth. According to Alexis, swimming has taught her discipline, commitment and how to set goals. She plans to continue her education at Albion College where she will major in accounting and business management and continue her swimming career.

Baiardi Family Foundation Scholarships
($1,500 each, Alanson/Pellston and Community College)

Jaden Booth, Pellston High School – Education has always been extremely important to Jaden. A peer tutor during high school, Jaden hopes to pursue psychology and secondary mathematics to continue to help others reach their goals. She will be attending North Central Michigan College.   

    

                                      

Amanda Williams, Alanson High School – Amanda is a first-generation college student who plans to attend North Central Michigan College. She plans to pursue a degree in social work with the goal of returning to Alanson to serve her community.

 

Barry Potter/HOPE Scholarship ($1,000)

Madison Hutchinson, Pellston High School – During high school, Madison played basketball, was a member of National Honor Society, served as Robotics captain for two years, and was a member of the Pellston Youth Water Council – a group of high school students researching and bringing awareness to the presence of PFAS in Pellston. Madison plans to attend Central Michigan University to study pre-veterinary medicine. She hopes to open her own veterinary clinic one day and will focus on providing care for people who may struggle to afford veterinary care for their pets.

Business and Professional Women’s Scholarship ($1,000)

Jaden Booth, Pellston High School – Education has always been extremely important to Jaden. A peer tutor during high school, Jaden hopes to pursue psychology and secondary mathematics to continue to help others reach their goals. She will be attending North Central Michigan College.

 

Café Society Educational Scholarship ($1,000)

Caroline Somers, Mackinaw City High School – Caroline has worked for several years at Mackinaw Bakery and Coffeehouse. Caroline plans to pursue a degree in political science at Columbia University in the fall, with a goal of eventually attending law school. “When I decided to choose political science as my major, I was not thinking of one purpose or one skill with which to make my mark on the world, but an education that provided me with a well-rounded outlook.”

C.W. McClellan Scholarship ($1,000)

Kristian Reeb, Petoskey High School – Kristian plans to attend Central Michigan University to study political science and history education. During high school, Kristian participated in the Early College Program through Petoskey High School and North Central Michigan College. As such, he enters CMU having already obtained his Associate of Arts. During high school Kristian was heavily involved in the performing arts programs including the Madrigals choir as well as National Honor Society and a variety of youth groups.

Gerald Gramzay Stafford’s Hospitality Scholarship ($1,000)

Chelsea Shampine, Petoskey High School– Chelsea graduated with a 3.92 GPA while being involved in numerous clubs, volunteer activities and sports. She plans to attend Grand Valley State University to study physical therapy. During high school, Chelsea held a variety of service-industry positions, including at Chandler’s Restaurants and Kilwins. In her essay about what the Stafford’s Hospitality values statement meant to her Chelsea wrote that Stafford’s employees are “trained to believe that there is better than good; that there is excellence…,” a trait Chelsea shares. “I hold myself to many high expectations, and I find that it has gotten me through many hardships by continuing to believe in myself,” she wrote.

Harbor Springs Opportunity Scholarship ($1,000)

Zoey VanTol, Harbor Springs High School – During high school Zoey participated in Key Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters and tennis, where she served as team captain. She plans to attend Central Michigan University to study education. Her experience as child care provider during the pandemic illuminated her desire to be a teacher.

Homebuilders Association of Northern Michigan Scholarship ($1,000)

Ethan Schumaker, Harbor Springs High School – Ethan’s spark to be a part of the building industry came from his grandpa. Growing up, he would take Ethan to job sites where Ethan became fascinated with the design and how things were constructed. Ethan will be attending Michigan Technological University to study civil engineering. He plans to focus his career on changing and improving our nation’s infrastructure.

James and Carolyn Cloutier Scholarship ($1,000)

Ty Kennard, Harbor Springs High School – During high school Ty participated basketball, soccer, and golf. In addition, he was treasurer of Student Council, on National Honors Society and Michigan Youth in Government where he held the positions of senator, caucus leader and committee chair. Ty also volunteered his time outside of school to mentor a second grade boy in need of a positive influence. In his essay Ty said, “I am proud to be a student-athlete and I appreciate the lessons sports have taught me over the years.” Ty plans to attend Alma College.

Janet and Richard Gorman Scholarship ($1,000)

Luke Rokop, Petoskey High School – From a young age, Luke has been interested in technology. He used to spend hours figuring out how different computer systems and programs worked. Already Luke has obtained several information technology certifications, solidifying his career path.  Last year, he had the opportunity to serve as a student assistant for the technology department at Petoskey High School, where he helped troubleshoot the myriad technology challenges presented by remote learning. Luke is attending Michigan State University in the fall.

Jennifer A. Kullik Memorial Scholarship ($2,500)

Laynie Racignol, Petoskey High School – Laynie is an enthusiastic softball player, contributing to the Petoskey Little League, Emmet County Recreation League and serving as co-captain of her high school team. Beyond playing on the field, she works concessions, rakes fields and has given back to the sport she loves. Laynie plans to attend Michigan State University to study biology with the goal of going on to medical school and becoming an oncologist.

Kiwanis of Harbor Springs Scholarship ($1,000 each)

Elizabeth Carter, Harbor Springs High School – Music has always been a part of Elizabeth’s life. She plans to continue her education at North Central Michigan College to study business with the end goal of being an event manager for concert venues. Her passion for the music industry stems from her early experiences seeing live music which she says “connects people in ways that nothing else can.” During her school years, Elizabeth was active in theatre as backstage manager for elementary and high schools plays, performing on stage in 2019-20.

 

Jordan Drayer, Harbor Springs High School – Jordan will be attending the University of Michigan to study political science and pre-law with the hopes of specializing in either environmental or criminal law. During high school, Jordan participated in track and field, cross country, ski team and swimming. She also participated in National Honors Society, Student Council, Key Club and Michigan Youth in Government including its Mock Judiciary Program.

 

Briana Goldsmith, Harbor Springs High School – Briana will attend Michigan State University to pursue a degree in Industrial Organizational (I/O) Psychology. During her school years, she participated in Big Brothers Big Sisters, National Honor Society, City of Harbor Springs Tree Board, and Student Council. Briana played lead trumpet as a member of the award-winning marching and jazz bands.

 

Ty Kennard, Harbor Springs High School – During high school Ty participated basketball, soccer, and golf. In addition, he was treasurer of Student Council, on National Honors Society and Michigan Youth in Government where he held the positions of senator, caucus leader and committee chair. Ty also volunteered his time outside of school to mentor a second grade boy in need of a positive influence. In his essay Ty said, “I am proud to be a student-athlete and I appreciate the lessons sports have taught me over the years.” Ty plans to attend Alma College.

 

Carrie Main, Harbor Springs High School – During high school, Carrie participated in varsity golf team including serving as team captain and was a member of the Hammerhead Swim Team. She was also a member of the First Tee program. This past year, Carrie did a job shadow program at Epic Salon and Day Spa which transitioned to a manicuring apprentice program this summer. Carrie will be attending Douglas J. Aveda Institute in Grand Rapids to study cosmetology.

 

Maisy Sanders, Harbor Springs High School – Maisy was a member of National Honor Society, Student Council, and Key Club. She was also a Hospice volunteer. Maisy received both the “Citizenship Award” as well as the “Honor Student of the Year Award.” Maisy will continue her studies at North Central Michigan College this fall with goals to get her law degree with a focus on environmental law and particularly climate change.

 

Ethan Schumaker, Harbor Springs High School – Ethan’s spark to be a part of the building industry came from his grandpa. Growing up, he would take Ethan to job sites where Ethan became fascinated with the design and how things were constructed. Ethan will be attending Michigan Technological University to study civil engineering. He plans to focus his career on changing and improving our nation’s infrastructure.

 

Jack Wieman, Harbor Springs High School – When Jack was 12 years old, his dad bought him a race car, putting him on the road to a career in automotive technology. Jack has always enjoyed working on and racing cars. Jack will attend the University of Northwestern Ohio this fall and start automotive/light diesel classes. In addition to working and volunteering throughout his school years, Jack also played basketball.

 

John Wieman, Harbor Springs High School – In work or volunteering, John strives to make another person’s day better. During his school years, John played basketball and held jobs, both paid and volunteer. John says working on his front-wheel drive 1998 Dodge Neon was what got him into racing and the automotive industry. In the fall John will attend the University of Northwestern Ohio to continue his education in the automotive trades.

Zoey VanTol, Harbor Springs High School – During high school Zoey participated in Key Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters and tennis, where she served as team captain. She plans to attend Central Michigan University to study education. Her experience as child care provider during the pandemic illuminated her desire to be a teacher.

 

First Tee Scholarship ($1,000 each)

Maeli Coveyou, Petoskey High School – During school, Maeli participated in a wide variety of activities including golf team where she served one year as captain. She has also been involved with the First Tee of Northern Michigan including two years as a coach. Maeli played in both the marching band and steel drum band, ran track and was a member of National Honor Society, Key Club, and Student Council. This fall Maeli will attend Michigan Technological University studying pre-med while majoring in biology. Future plans include medical school after which Maeli would like to specialize in facial reconstruction surgery for those with injuries or birth defects. 

William Robert Gillette V, Harbor Springs High School – Robbie participated in a variety of activities including National Honor Society and Michigan Youth in Government. He was a member of soccer, track, cross country and ski teams including serving as team captain for both cross country and skiing. Robbie was member of the band and section leader his senior year. Robbie will attend Michigan Technological University to study engineering.

 

Carrie Main, Harbor Springs High School – During high school, Carrie participated in varsity golf team including serving as team captain and was a member of the Hammerhead Swim Team. She was also a member of the First Tee program. This past year, Carrie did a job shadow program at Epic Salon and Day Spa which transitioned to a manicuring apprentice program this summer. Carrie will be attending Douglas J. Aveda Institute in Grand Rapids to study cosmetology.

 

Kal O’Brien, Mackinaw City High School – Kal was involved with a variety of sports during his high school years including basketball, baseball and golf, each of which included years as team captain. Kal was a coach with First Tee of Northern Michigan for four years and he served on student council for seven years with two as president. Throughout his school years, Kal also worked with his family’s small business in Mackinaw City. Kal will be attending Marymount California University to study business.

 

Jacquelyn O’Neill, Harbor Springs High School – Jacque is a student athlete who has focused on her studies alongside her passion: golf. Her high school golf career includes numerous titles and awards including two team State Championship titles and one individual state title. She has volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters and The First Tee of Northern Michigan. She served on student council and participated in Michigan Youth in Government. Jacque will attend Illinois Wesleyan University this fall, playing on their division three women’s golf team. 

Tai Coveyou, Michigan Technological University (renewal) – Tai Coveyou was involved with golf, Robotics, marching band, Key Club, First Tee, freshmen mentoring, and the Michigan Industrial Technology Society throughout high school. Tai is using the STEM skills that he learned in high school and has a passion for by studying Architectural Management at Michigan Technological University.

Mackenzie Gillette, Albion College (renewal) — Mackenzie is attending Albion College studying pre-law/political science. An exceptional scholar-athlete, Mackenzie graduated high school with a 3.97 GPA. She was a member of the Harbor Springs High School state champion golf team and participated in soccer and skiing as well. Mackenzie was a member of National Honor Society and participated in SAFE in Northern Michigan and Michigan Youth in Government.

 

Katie Kurburski, Ferris State University (renewal) –Katie Kurburski comes from a family with six kids, which has helped her to understand the importance of a college degree. Katie is the epitome of a hard-working student; she even took one full year of college during her senior year of high school. Katie also has a major impact on her community. She was a member of Kiwanis Builders Council and Michigan 4-H Youth Leadership Council. Katie is now studying at Ferris State University.

 

Calli O’Neill, Aquinas College (renewal) – Calli O’Neill is a hard working student and athlete. She has been successful in her golfing career, and will continue to play in college. She has been a leader for others in school and while mentoring young golfers through First Tee. Calli is studying Business Marketing at Aquinas College. She hopes to continue advancing her education, so that she can one day start a business of her own.

 

Brynn Werner, Michigan State University (renewal) – Brynn plans to attend Michigan State University in the fall. She has been a coach at the First Tee for several years, and served as the team captain of her golf team last year. In addition to golf, Brynn was active in marching band and Steel Drum Band and was a member of National Honor Society.

Marshall-Parker Scholarship ($1,000)

Dara Slater, Saginaw Valley State University (renewal) – Dara attends Saginaw Valley State University and majors in mathematics. She has been in love with math ever since she learned how to do multiplication tables and the subject completely mesmerized her. Dara’s dreams of studying what she loves are finally becoming a reality.

Marshall-Smith Scholarship ($2,500 each)

Madison Hutchinson, Pellston High School – Madison will attend Central Michigan University in the fall, pursuing a degree in pre-veterinary medicine. She hopes to one day own her own veterinary clinic and focus on providing veterinary care to low-income families that might not otherwise be able to afford care for their pets. During high school she was active in National Honor Society, basketball and robotics. She was also a member of the Pellston Youth Water Council, which brought awareness to the presence of PFAS in Pellston.

 

Nicholas Dankert, Pellston High School – Nicholas plans to attend Ferris State University to study construction management. He aims to one day own his own construction management and rental company. During high school Nicholas played basketball and was a member of National Honor Society and SAFE in Northern Michigan, which aims to promote a substance-free lifestyle among youth.

Mary McClutchey-Amacher Scholarship ($1,000)

Elizabeth Slater, Pellston High School – Elizabeth graduated near the top of her class with a 3.9 GPA. During high school Elizabeth was involved in many sports and clubs, including track and cross country, National Honor Society and Student Council. She participated in Bliss Missionary Church Youth Group and SAFE in Northern Michigan. She was also part of the Pellston Youth Water Council, which brought awareness to the presence of PFAS in Pellston, and SolaRise Pellston, which aims to install solar panels at Pellston Schools. Elizabeth plans to study education in hopes of teaching history. “I want to make sure that I always challenge my students to do their best and to learn the truth,” she said in her essay.  

Olofsson Family Scholarship ($2,000)

SunYoung You, Harbor Light Christian – SunYoung chose to come to high school in the United States to learn English, an advantage for her career goal to become a thoracic surgeon. Last summer, these language skills opened her way to volunteer as an interpreter in the Doctors Without Borders’ Korean office. During her high school years, she participated in basketball and volleyball, serving as team captain for both. She served three years on student council and participated in drama productions as well as school mission trips. SunYoung will attend Michigan State University to study biology.

Robert Jensen Dau Memorial Scholarship ($3,000)

Isabelle Kummer, Petoskey High School – Growing up in a household facing great challenges, Isabelle thought of college as an unachievable dream. After years of being encouraged by her teachers, coaches, and her father, that dream is becoming a reality. Isabelle plans to attend Lake Superior State University to obtain a degree in criminal justice as well as complete the police academy. Isabelle dreams of one day serving and protecting her community and helping others who may be down on their luck.

 

Jade Spurgeon, Ferris State University (renewal) – “I recently won the Robert Jensen Dau Memorial Scholarship in the summer of 2020. It was a great relief when I heard that I won and it went to great use at college. This scholarship is special though because it is renewable over the years that I am at college. I am currently going to the University of Ferris State and am studying Professional Tennis Management. Professional Tennis Management is a special field of study in hopes of working in the tennis industry after graduation 2024. I am in tennis club and I do tons of activities on my free time like golfing, basketball, and disc golf. So far, college has been a great experience. I learn something new everyday and I have tons of freedom. I live on campus and made a bunch of new friends. I can’t wait to make more memories further on my career.”

Sara J. Latimer Redpath Church Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)

Vivian Dyer, Pellston High School – Vivian was involved in a number of sports and activities throughout high school, including basketball, volleyball, cross country and track. She was a member of the Bliss Missionary Youth Group and National Honor Society. Vivian also gave her time to a number of environmental efforts, including the Pellston Youth Water Council – which brought attention to the presence of PFAS in Pellston, Tip of the Mitt Watershed Academy, and SolaRise Pellston, an effort to install solar panels at Pellston Schools. Vivian plans to study sports management in college.

Scott Batchelor Scholarship ($500)

Hunter Hicks, Petoskey High School – Hunter will attend Calvin University in the fall to study mechanical engineering and continue his soccer career, achieving his goal to play soccer at the collegiate level. During high school, Hunter was a scholar athlete and a standout on the soccer field. He maintained a 3.99 GPA while participating in numerous activities outside of soccer. He has played soccer since he was 8 years old and was named Player of the Year two years running. He also broke a 20-year record at Petoskey High School for number of goals scored in a single season. More importantly, he wrote that soccer has taught him discipline, communication, and how to fail gracefully.

Thomas Dale Sr. Memorial Scholarship ($500)

Kaylynne Costello, Alanson High School – Kaylynne graduated top of her class at Alanson High School. She was the team captain of her volleyball, basketball and softball teams and a member of the National Honor Society. She also helped establish her school’s Peer to Peer program, which promotes connections between non-disabled and disabled students to encourage social communication and acceptance. Kaylynne plans to double major in sociology and criminal justice at Central Michigan University with the goal of pursuing a career in law enforcement.