2018 Scholarship Award Winners 

Amy Elizabeth Kelbel Scholarship ($1,500)

Madeline Campbell, Petoskey High School – Madeline Campbell has a great passion for art and design. She plans to further her love for these subjects by attending Washtenaw Community College. Madeline was very active in social issues throughout her high school career; she was a board member and vice president for the Gay Straight Alliance for three years, and a three-year member of her debate club, in which Madeline was a state finalist. 

Anna Funk Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)

Chloe Hogan, Harbor Springs High School – After graduating from Harbor Springs High School with an exceptional 4.0 GPA, Chloe Hogan plans to continue her educational journey by attending the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University. Chloe was a devote member of the National Honor Society and played three varsity sports; her determination and leadership skills, gained from these experiences, will be utilized when trying to accomplish her dream of graduating from Michigan State University. 

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

Jenna Brown, Petoskey High School – Jenna has a true love for learning which was demonstrated by her high school academic success. Her passion for education is paralleled with her passion for helping people. Jenna is enrolled at Michigan State University and has been accepted to join the School of Nursing for her sophomore year. Her dream is to work in a hospital that specializes in neonatal, pediatric, or trauma care. 

Katherine King, Petoskey High School – From a young age, Katherine cared most about one thing, STEM— Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. She strengthened her passion by taking classes such as AP Calculus and Honors Physics. In the fall, Katherine will be attending Michigan State University to study engineering. Her childhood dreams are finally becoming a reality.

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

Brooke Nguyen, Alanson High School – Brooke was an exceptional student, graduating second in her class, as well as an exceptional athlete. Throughout her high school basketball career she had many achievements, including: scoring 1,000 points, team MVP, member of first team all-conference and second team all-area, and all-state honorable mention. She plans to continue playing basketball at the Alpena Community College, and eventually transfer to Grand Valley State University to study psychology.

Barry Potter/HOPE Scholarship (1,000)

Haley Taylor,  Pellston High School – Haley is extremely driven, she has achieved excellent grades while serving as president for both the student council and student government. She plans to attend Saginaw Valley State University to get a degree in nursing. Haley will be the first person in her family to attend college.

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

Sydney Hadix, Harbor Springs High School – The Petoskey-Harbor Springs area has always been considered home for Sydney, and hopefully it always will. In her sophomore year of high school, Sydney’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. The citizens in the area all helped the family immensely; Sydney feels obligated to this community. Sydney longs to be a nurse at McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital, so she can help the people who helped her.

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

Marin Hoffman, Petoskey High School – Marin will be studying Pre-Law at Northern Michigan University in the fall. Her participation in the Mock Judicial Trial aspect of the Michigan Youth in Government program caused her to become enamored with the idea of becoming a lawyer. Not only does she want to maintain the integrity of the judicial system, she is a good person. Marin served as the president of Harbor Springs High School’s National Honor Society and is responsible for raising more than $1,400 for the Toys for Tots program.

Harbor Springs Opportunity Scholarship ($1,000)

Annie Lesky, Harbor Springs High School – Annie is an extremely committed student who puts forth exceptional effort into all her work. She considers education to be one of, if not the most powerful, tool for her. When not in the classroom or studying, Annie is a member of many clubs centered on the common good. She was a four year Youth Advisory Community member, four year student council president, National Honor Society member, and a devoted volunteer at Northern Michigan Equine Therapy. Annie is going to attend Michigan State University and hopes to become a pediatric surgeon.

James and Carolyn Cloutier Scholarship

Zoe Shepherd, Harbor Springs High School – Zoe is a natural born leader and is always willing to help other people. She exemplified these traits through her commitment to high school programs including: Student Council, National Honor Society, Michigan Youth in Government, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Key Club. Her dream is to help people, and she plans to attend Saint Mary’s College of Notre Dame in hopes of eventually becoming a school counselor.

Janet and Richard Gorman Scholarship

Jack Haas, Petoskey High School – Jack was born to be a scientist, throughout high school, he fell in love with biology, physics, math, and engineering. He excelled academically earning a 4.0 GPA and placed in the 99th percentile nationally on the SATs. Jack plans to double major in Astrophysics and Mechanical Engineering at Michigan State University. He is confident that he will make a difference in the field of science.

Jennifer A. Kullik Memorial Scholarship ($1,500)

Jack Haas, Petoskey High School – Jack was born to be a scientist, throughout high school, he fell in love with biology, physics, math, and engineering. He excelled academically earning a 4.0 GPA and placed in the 99th percentile nationally on the SATs. Jack plans to double major in Astrophysics and Mechanical Engineering at Michigan State University. He is confident that he will make a difference in the field of science. Jack has been a committed member of the Petoskey High School Baseball team. While he has not always been a star, he has been a constant force in maintaining a positive locker-room attitude.

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

Stone Calnen, Harbor Springs High School – Stone Calnen will be attending Western Michigan University and plans to major in computer engineering. Stone has a love for computers and is confident that this love will help him find work easily in life. Eloquently put, Stone says, “My job can never be taken over by computers because my job is to make the computer.” Stone is excited to bring his childhood dream to life.

Caitlyn Cleven, Harbor Springs High School – Caitlyn is an overall friendly and nice person. She makes friends easily, and this skill led to her selection as Harbor Springs’ Homecoming Queen. Caitlyn is also a superb athlete; she participated at states multiple times for both cross country and track. She will be attending Northern Michigan University in the fall, and plans to study Environmental Health and Sustainability.

Sydney Hadix, Harbor Springs High School – The Petoskey-Harbor Springs area has always been considered home for Sydney, and hopefully it always will. In her sophomore year of high school, Sydney’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. The citizens in the area all helped the family immensely, Sydney feels obligated this community. Sydney longs to be a nurse at McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital, so she can help the people who helped her.

Alyssa Hunt, Harbor Springs High School – It is encouraging when thinking of Alyssa as a future world leader; her experience gained from living overseas has given her a wise perspective on society as a whole. Alyssa has seen life from behind barbed wire fences and from the center of a lake. Her dream is to make a difference, and she plans to make it a reality by attending Drake University and studying International Relations.

Thomas Kelbel, Harbor Springs High School – In the coming fall, Thomas will be attending the University of Michigan, and he plans to major in pre-medicine. He has experience in the medical field for his family owns a pharmacy, and Thomas has personally attended medical youth conferences. He is an education fanatic and believes it is the only way to have a successful future. Thomas has wanted to help people by becoming a doctor ever since he was an adolescent boy, and now that dream will come to fruition.

Adrianna Kirby, Harbor Springs High School – Adrianna loves the northern Michigan outdoors and the close-knit communities. She is active in maintaining the health of the community through heavy participation in the Key Club, including serving as the president for one year. Adrianna volunteers often at Manna Food Project, hospice, bike races, and other food pantries in the area. Adrianna will be attending Michigan State University in hopes of becoming a doctor.

Jacqueline LaFaive, Harbor Springs High School – Jacqueline will be pursuing a degree in Chemistry at St. Olaf College next fall. As a child she attended a small private school and was unsure of how she would adjust to public schooling, yet she fully immersed herself and grew into a confident young woman. Jacqueline was a team captain on her hockey team, and she led them to the state championship game. Her love for the sport will continue to grow as she is set to play hockey at St. Olaf. Jacqueline’s dream is to use her education to make a positive change in the world.

Jacob Pater, Harbor Springs High School – From a young age, Jacob idolized the men and women who serve our country, and, now, he will become one of them. Jacob will attend Michigan State University and also participate in the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program. By the end of his college experience, he hopes to graduate as a military doctor. Jacob wants to serve the ones who serve.

Aaron Zmikly, Harbor Springs High School – Aaron has achieved the highest rank in the Boy Scouts organization, an Eagle Scout. His commitment to the program is paralleled with his commitment to education. He is a hard worker who ended high school with an impressive 3.8 GPA. In the fall he will be attending Oakland University and majoring in Mechanical Engineering.

Marana Tost First Tee Scholarship ($1,000 each)

Katie Kurburski, Petoskey High School – Katie comes from a family with six kids, and this alone has helped her to understand the importance of a college degree. Katie is the epitome of a hard-working student. She has taken 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. She spends her time making bibs, bags, and blankets for the less fortunate.

Emily Kurburski, Kettering University (renewal) – A graduate of Petoskey High School, Emily is currently enrolled at Kettering University where she is pursuing a degree in business with a 3.5 GPA. Her commitment to education is helping her succeed at the collegiate level.

Jacqueline LaFaive, Harbor Springs High School – Jacqueline will be pursuing a degree in Chemistry at St. Olaf College next fall. As a child she attended a small private school and was unsure of how she would adjust to public schooling, yet she fully immersed herself and grew into a confident young woman. Jacqueline was a team captain on her hockey team, and she led them to the state championship game. Her love for the sport will continue to grow for she is set to play hockey at St. Olaf. Jacqueline’s dream is to use her education to make a positive change in the world.

Marshall-Parker Family Scholarship ($1,000)

Dara Slater, Pellston High School – Dara is an extremely high achieving student; she graduated first in her class with a 3.95 GPA. In the fall, Dara will be attending Saginaw Valley State University with a major in mathematics. Dara has been in love with math ever since she learned how to do multiplication tables. The subject completely mesmerized her. Her dreams of studying what she loves are finally becoming a reality.

Marshall-Smith Family Scholarship ($2,500 each)

Haley Taylor,  Pellston High SchoolHaley is extremely driven, she has achieved excellent grades while serving as president for both the student council and student government. She plans to attend Saginaw Valley State University to get a degree in nursing. Haley will be the first person in her family to attend college.

Dara Slater, Pellston High School – Dara is an extremely high achieving student; she graduated first in her class with a 3.95 GPA. In the fall, Dara will be attending Saginaw Valley State University with a major in mathematics. Dara has been in love with math ever since she learned how to do multiplication tables. The subject completely mesmerized her. Her dreams of studying what she loves are finally becoming a reality.

Mary McClutchey-Amacher Scholarship ($1,000)

Shelby Grant, Pellston High School – Shelby was a high involved/ high performing high school student. She was a member of the National Honor Society for two years, class vice president for two years, and class president for two years. Her commitment to these clubs was driven by the desire to help less fortunate people. Shelby accumulated over 100 hours of community service over the last four years. In the fall, she plans to attend Grand Valley State University and major in human resource management.  

Michael Gale Phillips Memorial Scholarship ($3,000)

Michaelanne Miron, Harbor Springs High School – Michaelanne was born with severe hearing problems which caused her to struggle learning basic skills and subjects. Yet from a young age she only had one dream—to become a nurse. Michaelanne willed herself to excel in school and ended up graduating high school with a 3.8 GPA. In the fall, she will be attending North Central Michigan College and studying nursing.

Olofsson Family Scholarship ($2,000)

Madeline Clear, Petoskey High School – In the winter of 2016, Madeline was in a horrific car accident; she was hospitalized with a broken pelvis, ruptured spleen, and ruptured kidneys. She shares that without blood donations, she would not be alive today— this inspired her. When out of the hospital, Madeline became an official Red Cross Blood Drive Director to give back to the community that kept her alive. Madeline will be attending James Madison College at Michigan State University, where she will major in international relations. After gaining her undergraduate’s degree, she hopes to go to law school in order to become an international human rights lawyer.

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

Robert Vala, Harbor Springs High School– Robert will be attending the University of Michigan in the fall to study physics. He was a devote member of the Harbor Springs High School marching, concert, and jazz bands; playing the first trumpet part for the majority of the time. Robert’s family own the Crow’s Nest—just south of Cross Village — and through the business, he has developed a friendly demeanor centered around helping other people.

Thomas Dale Sr. Memorial Scholarship ($500)

Brooke Nguyen, Alanson High School – Brooke was an exceptional student, graduating  second in her class, as well as an exceptional athlete. Throughout her high school basketball career she had many achievements, including: scoring 1,000 points, team MVP, member of first team all-conference and second team all-area, and all-state honorable mention. She plans to continue playing basketball at the Alpena Community College, and eventually transfer to Grand Valley State University to study psychology.