2019 Scholarship Award Winners

Amy Elizabeth Kelbel Scholarship ($1,500)

Eleanora Dyer, Petoskey High School – Eleanora Dyer is a creative and driven student who has a passion for learning. She has challenged herself throughout high school by taking difficult courses, and she has proven to be a leader by starting her own clubs and through her role as a National Honors Society officer. Eleanora attended a Syracuse University Summer College architecture program that helped her discover her passion for building houses for underprivileged communities around the world. She hopes to gain a Masters of Architecture and will be studying at Vassar College in New York.

Anna Funk Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)

Lucille Chamberlain, Harbor Springs High School – Lucille Chamberlain has played an active and successful role in both sports and academia throughout her high school years. She has participated in swimming, tennis, band, the Hospi-teen program, and National Honors Society, and was also Vice President and President of the Student Council for several years. Lucille plans to use the work ethic and skills she has learned through these experiences as she continues her tennis career at Saint Mary’s College. She plans to study Biology with Pre-Med in mind.

 

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

Sophia Billideau, Harbor Springs High School – Sophia Billideau plans to study nursing at the University of Michigan this fall. Sophia is a 4.0 student that holds her education to a high standard. She has developed many leadership skills through her involvement in Student Council, National Honors Society, Michigan Youth In Government, Key Club, and the Watershed Council. Sophia has been a diligent worker and positive influence in the schools, and has overcome many of the financial burdens that have stood in her way. She hopes to return to and live in Northern Michigan sometime after college.

Nicole Heckman, Petoskey High School – Nicole Heckman is a hard-working and conscientious student that gives everything she does her full effort. Her participation in National Honors Society, soccer, and 4-H has contributed to her work ethic, positive attitude, and maturity. Nicole hopes to use the skills learned in her physics class and other science classes to excel in college and her studies in Kinesiology at Michigan State University. She plans to become a Physical Therapist.

 

Baiardi Family Foundation Scholarship ($1,500 each, Alanson/Pellston and community college)

Mya Weidenhamer, Alanson High School – Mya Weidenhamer is an involved and dedicated student and athlete. She is a motivated learner and a leader in Student Council and volunteer activities, and has been successful in softball, earning many MVP awards and a 1st team all-conference title. Mya has overcome many personal academic trials and is grateful for the support she has received from her school community. She hopes to be able to show that same support for future students by studying elementary education, majoring in mathematics and minoring in integrated science, at North Central Community College and later becoming an elementary school teacher.

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

Amelia Sobonya, Harbor Light Christian School – Amelia Sobonya has always enjoyed babysitting, being in the Drama Club, and playing piano for the Worship Team at school. She is grateful that she was able to come to school in freshman year, rather than be homeschooled, because of all of the support she has received. Amelia plans to attend North Central Michigan College in the fall.

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

Laura Graham, Petoskey High School – Laura Graham has participated in tennis, Student Council, National Honors Society, the Hospi-Teen program, Michigan Youth In Government, and more throughout her high school career. She has maintained a 3.96 GPA and has been a leader in and out of the classroom. Laura hopes to study Political Science at Michigan State University this fall.

Harbor Springs Opportunity Scholarship ($1,000)

Logan Radle, Harbor Springs High School – Logan Radle has been a large part of her school and community, volunteering for Key Club, National Honors Society, and Big Brothers Big Sisters, and participating in soccer, track, cross country, and basketball. Logan plans to pursue a career in Physical Therapy at Grand Valley State University, and has been influenced by her own experience with rehabilitation. She hopes to be able to help other people the way others have helped her.

Homebuilders Association ($1,000)

Adam Hybl, Charlevoix High School – Adam Hybl is a positive, motivated student. He wants to earn his level one and level two certificates with a two-year construction degree from Northwestern Michigan College. Adam takes pride in creating things for others and wants to share his skills with the world. He has taken challenging courses in high school and has proven his abilities as well as his work ethic, which will help him reach his ultimate goal of becoming a business owner. 

James and Carolyn Cloutier Scholarship ($1,000)

Jeremy Kloss, Harbor Springs High School – Jeremy Kloss has been an example of leadership and kindness in his high school for his four years of attendance. His hard work in and out of the classroom is exemplified by his participation in cross country, track, basketball, Student Council, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Jeremy will be following in the footsteps of his older brother and pursuing Mechanical Engineering at Michigan State University this fall, where he also plans to continue his track career.

Janet and Richard Gorman Scholarship ($1,000)

Kyle Porath, Petoskey High School – Kyle Porath comes from a large family, but that hasn’t stopped him from participating in soccer, volunteering, or maintaining a 4.0 GPA despite taking rigorous high school and college courses. Kyle is hard working and motivated, and his experiences and love of math have inspired him to go to college at Central Michigan University with an interest in pursuing engineering.

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

Kyle Porath, Petoskey High School – Kyle Porath comes from a large family, but that hasn’t stopped him from participating in soccer, volunteering, or maintaining a 4.0 GPA despite taking rigorous high school and college courses. Kyle is hard working and motivated, and his experiences and love of math have inspired him to go to college at Central Michigan University with an interest in pursuing engineering.

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

Sophia Billideau, Harbor Springs High School – Sophia Billideau plans to study nursing at the University of Michigan this fall. Sophia is a 4.0 student that holds her education to a high standard. She has developed many leadership skills through her involvement in Student Council, National Honors Society, Michigan Youth In Government, Key Club, and the Watershed Council. Sophia has been a diligent worker and positive influence in the schools, and has overcome many of the financial burdens that have stood in her way. She hopes to return to and live in Northern Michigan sometime after college.

Kyle Hebner, Harbor Springs High School – Kyle Hebner has worked hard in sports and academia to lead by example throughout his high school career. He has been a part of baseball, hockey, and football, has been an instructor for the Little League Youth Camp, and has been a volunteer for the Watershed Academy. Kyle plans to attend the University of Concordia in Ann Arbor this fall to pursue Criminal Justice and later become a State Trooper.

Lauren Johansen, Harbor Springs High School – Lauren Johansen has experienced many successes in her activities, which include soccer, basketball, cross country, track, and Key Club. Lauren has also received academic awards, showing her dedication both in and out of school. She is respected in her school community and is known for her hard work. Lauren plans to continue her education and positive leadership at Grand Valley State University this fall.

Nathaniel Kirby, Harbor Springs High School – This fall, Nathaniel Kirby plans to attend Michigan Technological University to study Chemical Engineering. Nathaniel has consistently impressed teachers and peers with his work ethic. He is dedicated, professional, and always ready to learn. Nathaniel participated in activities and clubs, including Key Club, in which he helped organize the Toys for Tots fundraiser. He challenges himself with rigorous courses, and he regularly volunteers at his church and the Manna Food Pantry.

Calli O’Neill, Harbor Springs High School – 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. Calli plans to keep working hard while studying Business Marketing at Aquinas College this fall. She hopes to continue advancing her education, so that she can one day start a business of her own.

Clara Pater, Harbor Springs High School – Clara Pater has been involved in many volunteer and extracurricular opportunities throughout high school. Through soccer, basketball, band, Youth In Government, and National Honors Society and other volunteering, Clara has made an impact on her school and community and will continue to do so at Michigan State University this fall. She plans to study Social Relations and Public Policy. Her dedication and positive attitude have bettered the community and will be a benefit to Clara and those around her when furthering her education.

Logan Radle, Harbor Springs High School – Logan Radle has been a large part of her school and community, volunteering for Key Club, National Honors Society, and Big Brothers Big Sisters, and participating in soccer, track, cross country, and basketball. Logan plans to pursue a career in Physical Therapy at Grand Valley State University, and has been influenced by her own experience with rehabilitation. She hopes to be able to help other people the way others have helped her.

Alyssa Sydow, Harbor Springs High School – This fall, Alyssa Sydow plans to attend Grand Valley State University to pursue a degree in nursing. Her positive outlook and attitude are attributes noticed by those around her, including her teachers and classmates. Whether it be in volleyball, basketball, or Key Club, Alyssa was always spreading positivity. She wants to further her studies in college because of the demand for a higher education in the workforce.

Jackson Wells, Harbor Springs High School – Jackson Wells has been successful in both school and sports, earning high grades and several awards in football, baseball, cross country, and track. He is also a member of the band and mentors with Big Brothers Big Sisters. His love of what he participates in and his commitment to excellence are noticed throughout the school. Jackson is interested in the automotive industry and would like to one day have his own business. Furthering his education is important to him, and he is planning to attend Northwood University this fall to get a Business degree.

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

Madison Bezilla, Harbor Springs High School – Madison Bezilla plans to study Exercise Science at Aquinas College this fall, where she will also be continuing her golf and soccer careers. She also participated in basketball and the Youth Advisory Committee during high school. Madison wants to further her education in hopes that she will one day be able to provide for a family of her own. Her extraordinary work ethic, respectful manner, passion, and positive attitude have gotten her far academically and in sports, and many around her look up to her as a role model and leader in the community.

Tai Coveyou, Petoskey High School – Tai Coveyou has been involved with golf, Robotics, marching band, Key Club, First Tee, freshmen mentoring, and the Michigan Industrial Technology Society throughout highschool. His confidence and maturity allow for him to excel in sports and academics, and his passion for learning is evident in his success in AP and Honors classes. Tai wants to use the STEM skills that he has learned and has a passion for by studying Architectural Management at Michigan Technological University this fall.

Calli O’Neill, Harbor Springs High School – 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 plans to keep working hard while studying Business Marketing at Aquinas College this fall. She hopes to continue advancing her education, so that she can one day start a business of her own.

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. Her commitment to education is helping her succeed at the collegiate level.

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.

Jackie LaFaive, St. Olaf College (renewal) – Jackie LaFaive will continue to pursue a degree in Chemistry at St. Olaf College this 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, which has helped her be successful as a college student. Jackie has enjoyed playing hockey for her school so far, and she was third for overall points and second in goals for her team last season. She plans to become a Clinical/Counseling Psychologist.

Marshall-Parker Scholaship ($1,000)

Dara Slater, Saginaw State University (renewal) – Dara Slater is an extremely high achieving student; she graduated first in her class with a 3.95 GPA. 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.

Mary McClutchey-Amacher Scholarship ($1,000)

James Rizzardi, Pellston High School – James Rizzardi participated in basketball, National Honors Society, and Sting Squad while in high school. His enthusiasm and hard work have earned him academic and sports honors, including Academic Excellence Awards in almost every class. James’ passion and drive has inspired him to continue his academic career studying Business/Hospitality and Tourism at Central Michigan University this fall.

Olofsson Family Scholarship ($2,000)

Kennedy Mesnard, Petoskey High School – In high school, Kennedy Mesnard was active in tennis, Madrigals, and National Honors Society, and she was also a Student Ambassador, a Bella Voce, and a Petoskey Graphic Journalist. Kennedy graduated from high school and from the Early College program at NCMC this spring, and already has her Associates Degree. She will be entering Michigan State University this fall as a freshman to study Pre-Med, and to hopefully later become a Pediatric Endocrinologist. Kennedy was inspired to choose this path because of her own diagnosis with Type One Diabetes.

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

Brandon Wiklanski, Alanson Public High School– Brandon Wiklanski is someone whose actions speak louder than words. His work ethic, humility, and quiet confidence make him a leader and friend in school, the workplace, and the community. Brandon enjoyed giving back to the community through his volunteer hours in National Honors Society. He is planning on attending Ferris State University and is keeping an open mind about what he may want to pursue for his career.

Scott Batchelor Scholarship ($500)

Genevieve Kromm, Petoskey High School – Hard-working, intelligent, and attentive, Genevieve Kromm is the epitome of a superior student and leader. She has been involved in many activities, including the Youth Advisory Committee, DECA, soccer, cross country, Ski Team, Quiz Bowl, and National Honors Society, all of which she has excelled at. Genevieve portrays what it means to be a leader and a helper to others, and has strongly influenced peers and even teachers and instructors with her positive attitude. Genevieve is inspired by her experience with DECA and will be studying Business at Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

Stafford and Janice Smith Scholarship ($1,000)

Peter Keiser, Harbor Springs High School – Peter Keiser was involved in track, cross country, Student Council, and Student Boosters throughout high school. He has shown leadership and determination through his participation, as well as through his high achievements in academics. His motivation and readiness to learn are skills noticed by both his peers and instructors, and he will continue to use them as he furthers his education at James Madison College at Michigan State University this fall. Peter will follow his passion of helping others as he studies Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy.

Thomas Dale Sr. Memorial Scholarship ($500)

Mya Weidenhamer, Alanson High School – Mya Weidenhamer is an involved and dedicated student and athlete. She is a motivated learner and a leader in Student Council and volunteer activities, and has been successful in softball, earning many MVP awards and a 1st team all-conference title. Mya has overcome many personal academic trials and is grateful for the support she has received from her school community. She hopes to be able to show that same support for future students by studying elementary education, majoring in mathematics and minoring in integrated science, at North Central Community College and later becoming an elementary school teacher.