2012-03-29 / Sports

Students Honored at SAC Scholar Athlete Recognition Awards Banquet

Tyler Wilson Receives SAC Student Advisory Award
By David Latva


St. Ignace LaSalle High School scholar athletes: (front, from left) Lou Radecki, Levi Thompson, Ryan Marshall, John Eby, Torrie Litzner, and Taylor Jo Becker; (back from left) athletic director Marty Spencer and principal Gregg Fettig. Missing from photograph: Dylan Brown, Eric Hepker, Lori Beth Luepnitz, Joe Snowaert, Patrick Sweeney, and Alexa Thibault. St. Ignace LaSalle High School scholar athletes: (front, from left) Lou Radecki, Levi Thompson, Ryan Marshall, John Eby, Torrie Litzner, and Taylor Jo Becker; (back from left) athletic director Marty Spencer and principal Gregg Fettig. Missing from photograph: Dylan Brown, Eric Hepker, Lori Beth Luepnitz, Joe Snowaert, Patrick Sweeney, and Alexa Thibault. Ninety-six senior scholar athletes with a 3.25 grade point average or better and varsity letter winners from the Straits Area Conference were honored during the annual recognition banquet at Little Bear East Arena in St. Ignace Wednesday, March 21.

St. Ignace athletes honored were Taylor Jo Becker, Torie Becker, Alexa Thibault, Lori Beth Luepnitz, John Eby, Ryan Marshall, Lou Radecki, Levi Thompson, Dylan Brown, Eric Hepker, Joe Snowaert, and Patrick Sweeney.

Athletes from Rudyard include Lindsey Davis, Hunter Perry, Samantha Raffaele, Carrie Berkompas, Brittany Brown, Brenna George, Cora VanSloten, Morgan Zeeryp, Tyler Wilson, Matthew Zahara, Jared Meehan, Caleb Salo, Elden Salo, and Christopher Headley.


Rudyard High School scholar athletes: (front, from left) Carrie Berkompas, Brittany Brown, Jared Meehan, Hunter Perry, Samantha Raffaele, Tyler Wilson, and Matthew Zahara; (back from left) principal Mark Pavolski and athletic director Scott Nason. Missing from photograph are Lindsey Davis, Christopher Headley, Caleb Salo, Elden Salo, Cora VanSloten, and Morgan Zeeryp. Rudyard High School scholar athletes: (front, from left) Carrie Berkompas, Brittany Brown, Jared Meehan, Hunter Perry, Samantha Raffaele, Tyler Wilson, and Matthew Zahara; (back from left) principal Mark Pavolski and athletic director Scott Nason. Missing from photograph are Lindsey Davis, Christopher Headley, Caleb Salo, Elden Salo, Cora VanSloten, and Morgan Zeeryp. Twenty students from Cheboyan were honored. Newberry had nine, Rogers City 22, and Sault Ste. Marie 19.

Mary Roberts, 2001 valedictorian from Rogers City High School, was the guest speaker. The former fourtime scholar athlete for the Hurons received all-state, region, district, and conference honors in softball, volleyball, and cross country.

Mrs. Roberts was graduated suma cum laude in 2007 from Northwestern University with a doctorate in physical therapy and presently and is the lead physical therapist at the University of Michigan Health System Neurological Mobility Clinic.


Senior Tyler Wilson of Rudyard (center) received a special award from the Straits Area Conference after serving two years on the Michigan High School Athletic Association the student advisory council. Presenting the award was Rudyard Principal Mark Pavloski (left) and athletic director Scott Nason. Senior Tyler Wilson of Rudyard (center) received a special award from the Straits Area Conference after serving two years on the Michigan High School Athletic Association the student advisory council. Presenting the award was Rudyard Principal Mark Pavloski (left) and athletic director Scott Nason. Mrs. Roberts was also graduated summa cum laude from Alma College in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science, with physical therapy emphasis. She was named to the Michigan Interscholastic Athletic Association all-conference softball team and was recognized four years for her participation in softball for the Scots.

Mary Roberts message to the students, parents, administrators, and guests was a true story about one of her patients who, seven years ago, was paralyzed from the chest down in a race car accident in 2005.


Mary Roberts, a Rogers City High School graduate, with her brother, Greg Pietsch, was the guest speaker at the Straits Area Conference Scholar-Athlete Recognition Banquet. Mary Roberts, a Rogers City High School graduate, with her brother, Greg Pietsch, was the guest speaker at the Straits Area Conference Scholar-Athlete Recognition Banquet. “The young man didn’t take the easy way out, didn’t give up, welcomed every obstacle, and used it as a challenge,” said Mrs. Roberts. “Each one of you athletes will have obstacles during your lifetime. Work hard and don’t give up.”

Rogers City High School received the Governing Board Academic Excellence Award, traveling trophy, based on a combined grade point average and the Michigan Merit Exam scores.

Senior Tyler Wilson of Rudyard received a special award from the Straits Area Conference after serving two years on the Michigan High School Athletic Association student advisory council.

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