Three Area Students Named Scholar-Athlete Award Recipients

The Michigan High School Athletic Association has named three area student-athletes as recipients of its 2017-18 Scholar-Athlete Award program.

Charlevoix’s Rachel Nesburg, Beaverton’s Parker Hayes and Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart’s Sophie Ruggles are three of 10 student-athletes from Class C and D schools to receive scholarships.

Presented by Farm Bureau Insurance, 32 individuals from Class A-D schools will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship.

Scholarships are awarded to 12 student-athletes from Class A, eight from Class B, six from Class C and four from Class D.

A four-year member of Charlevoix’s varsity basketball, soccer and cross country teams and a two-year member of the track and field program, Nesburg has captained the basketball and soccer teams and earned all-league honors in both, while being named all-state in soccer and track and field. In addition to earning multiple academic all-state awards, Nesburg owns a number of school records in soccer and track and field and is in her second year of the National Honor Society. She also served three years as class president.

Nesburg will attend the University of Michigan and study pre-physical therapy.

Beaverton’s Hayes is a four-year member of the school’s cross country and track programs, earning all-state honors in cross country and academic all-state recognition in cross country and league titles in track. Hayes has participated in the National Honor Society the last three years and holds the rank of Eagle Scout and earned a membership in the Order of the Arrow.

Hayes will attend Northwood and study accounting and finance.

A four-year member of the varsity girls basketball team, Sacred Heart’s Ruggles also spent three years on the varsity volleyball team and a year on the school’s track and field program. Ruggles earned all-state honors in both volleyball and basketball and was an academic all-state selection in both. The senior led the Irish volleyball team to three conference titles, as well as four district and regional championships. Ruggles also won conference, district and regional titles with basketball team each season leading up to the 2017-18 school year.

Ruggles also excelled in the classroom, participating in forensics, quiz bowl and Model United Nations. She will attend Michigan State in the fall.

To be eligible for the scholarship, student-athletes must have a grade point average of 3.50 and have previously won a varsity letter in at least one sport that has an MHSAA sponsored postseason tournament. Scholarship recipients will be announced in February, with winners being recognized during halftime of the Class C boys basketball final on March 24.