Three Area Athletes Recognized as MHSAA Scholar Athletes

The Michigan High School Athletic Association has named three area student-athletes as recipients of its 2020-21 Scholar-Athlete Award program.

Haleigh Knowles of Sault Ste. Marie, Wilson Bragg of Gladwin and Hudson Alexander Harkness of Newaygo are three of eight student-athletes from Class B schools to receive the honor.

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.

Knowles ran four years of varsity cross country and is currently playing her second season of varsity basketball. She will also compete in her fourth season of varsity track and field in the spring. Knowles earned all-state and academic all-state in cross country all four seasons, and earned all-state in track as a freshman and sophomore. She has served as a varsity captain for cross country and participates in National Honor Society, student government, Business Professionals of America and Students United volunteer group and in LINKS program.

Knowles carries a 4.06 GPA and will attend Michigan State University and study pre-law.

Bragg is currently competing in his third year of varsity basketball and will run his fourth year of varsity track and field in the spring. He ran four seasons of cross country and three seasons of varsity soccer. Bragg earned all-region in soccer and all-league recognition in cross country, basketball and track and served as captain of cross country and basketball teams. He is a member of student council, the Key Club, National Honor Society, the business club and is dual enrolled at Mid Michigan College.

Bragg carries a 4.0 GPA and is undecided where he will attend college, but will study business.

Harkness played three seasons of varsity football, is playing varsity basketball this winter and will play his third season of varsity baseball this spring. He served as captain of varsity football and baseball and junior varsity football and basketball teams, and made all-league for football. He volunteered throughout high school as West Michigan Miracle League announcer and earned school’s Community Service Award. Harkness served as yearbook editor and was selected as National Youth Correspondent for Washington Journalism & Media Conference at George Mason, and has had articles and news segments published by local media.

Harkness will attend Northwood University and study sports management.

Other Class B girls finalists for the Scholar-Athlete Award were: Katie Acker, Lake Odessa Lakewood; Katie DeVlaminck, Buchanan; Jordyn Disbrow, Kalkaska; London Eldridge, Central Montcalm; Anna Gerardy, Yale; Allison R. Hall, Montague; Rachel Joslyn, Saginaw Swan Valley; Kendall Mathis, Newaygo; Katelyn Moore, Grayling; Caitlin Mullen, Grand Rapids Catholic Central; Riley Schroeder, Clare; and Bailey Taylor, Clare.

Other Class B boys finalists for the Scholar-Athlete Award were: Ryan Atkinson, Dundee; Cole Bennett, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep; Ian Burke, Ortonville Brandon; Drew Collins, Montague; Dillon Dennison, Alma; Nickolai J. Emde, Plainwell; Stuart Hamilton, Lansing Catholic; Brock Holek, Durand; Jackson Hoover, Edwardsburg; Zachary Huitema, Tawas; Jack Parker, Spring Lake; and Cade M. Vota, Niles.

The Class A scholarship award recipients will be announced Feb. 23.

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.

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