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2013-05-01 / Front Page

7 nominated for top scholar-athlete

BY ERIC LEVINE editor

The nominations are in for the Patten Scholarship, which is awarded to the top graduating scholar-athlete in Sanilac County.

The nominations are made by the principals, counselors and athletic directors in the seven high schools in the county, for the $500 scholarship awarded by the Sanilac County News.

The winner will be announced next week, based on the decision of News Publisher Jane Vanderpoel, Editor Eric Levine and Sports Editor Dale Ball.

The scholarship honors the memory of News founder Robert J. Patten who died in 1988. Nominees must excel academically and stand-out in sports. They must also demonstrate leadership, fairness, perseverance, integrity and moral character.

In addition to the scholarship, the winner’s name will be inscribed on the Patten traveling trophy that will be on display in the recipient’s high school for the 2013-14 school year.

Nominees

Stephanie Lerchenfeldt

The 18-year-old Brown City High School senior is the daughter of Corrie and Jack Revoldt. She has a 4.05 grade point average and is ranked third in her class.

Lerchenfeldt has participated in volleyball and basketball and track and is a member of the National Honor Society, FFA, band and the Math Academic Games Team.

Her leadership roles include captain of the basketball and track teams and FFA treasurer.

She has been involved in blood drives, senior citizen prom, the Blessing Garden which provides fresh produce to those in need and other FFA and NHS projects.

Her goals are to attend Michigan State University, earn a doctor of veterinary medicine degree and establish a veterinary clinic.

Erika Lentz

The 17-year-old daughter of Lynn Smigall and Dennis Lentz has a 3.93 grade point average and is ranked second in her class at Carsonville- Port Sanilac High School.

Lentz has participated in volleyball, basketball, softball and track. She is a member of the National Honor Society, English Academic Games Team, International Thespian Society, Theatre 13, student council and was homecoming queen.

Her leadership roles include captain of the volleyball, basketball, softball and track teams, student council president, National Honor Society secretary and co-captain of the English team.

She served as Miss Sanilac County Outstanding Teen in 2012, participated in the Miss Michigan Outstanding Teen pageant, created the organization Helping Hands for Families in Need, co-organized the county’s first 5K for Children’s Miracle Network Hospital and is a Project Blessing volunteer.

Her goals are to earn a degree in accounting from Michigan State University and open an accounting firm.

Marin Western

A senior at Croswell-Lexington High School, 18-year-old Marin is the daughter of Ken and Julie Western. She has a 4.0108 grade point average, is ranked 5th in her class and is a Senior Scholar.

She has played soccer and basketball, run cross country and was on the power-lifting team. She is a member of the National Honor Society and student council, participated in the drama program and was a Pioneer Ambassador, leading tours of the new high school building.

Western’s leadership roles include captain of the varsity soccer, crosscountry and power-lifting teams and a traveling soccer team. She was class president for three years and a member of the class executive board. She was student council vice president for three years and an executive board member this year. She is the senior recipient of the Blue Water Area Female Scholar Athlete for Croswell-Lexington.

She has been active in the high school Thanksgiving turkey basket drives, blood drives and recycling program, and has assisted the community parks and recreation club in planting flowers and a town clean up. She has coached AYSO soccer and was a referee for Upward Basketball. She helped plan homecoming, prom and snowcoming activities.

She plans to attend Michigan State University, enrolling in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. She wants to use her education to help others enjoy and take care of the outdoors.

Kaleigh Spaetzel

Kaleigh, 18, is the daughter of Mary and Charles Spaetzel. She has a 3.68 grade point average and is ranked 9th in her class at Deckerville High School.

She has played volleyball, basketball and softball. She is a member of the National Honor Society and has participated in tutoring, blood drives and Adopt a Family, and served as a student assistant to second graders in reading and math.

Her leadership roles include captain of sports teams.

She plans to attend Saginaw Valley State University to pursue a degree in the medical field.

Anthony Kappen

Anthony, 18, is the son of Mark and Tamara Kappen. He has a 3.995 grade point average and is ranked 3rd in his class at Marlette High School.

Kappen has played football, basketball and baseball. He was on the Math Academic Games Team, and is a member of the National Honor Society and student council.

He has served as captain of the Academic Games team and the baseball and football teams.

Kappen has volunteered at Marlette youth sports camps, Marlette Regional Hospital and school blood drives, served as an usher at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, helped at Knights of Columbus fish fries, and has been an AYSO soccer referee and an umpire for MASAP baseball games.

He plans to attend Central Michigan University to become a middle school teacher or special education teacher, and wants to coach high school baseball.

Kathleen Weller

A senior at Peck High School, Kathleen, 17, is the daughter of Marleen Weller and Scott Weller. She has a 3.99 grade point average and is ranked first in her class.

Weller has played volleyball, basketball and softball, has participated in quiz bowl, the Academic Games Social Studies Team, theater group, travel club and National Honor Society.

Her leadership roles include varsity volleyball captain, student council treasurer, class secretary and Academic Games team captain.

She has been involved in blood drives, Lunch Buddy Program, fish fry volunteer, Adopt a Highway, and volunteered at benefits.

Her goals are to attend Saginaw Valley State University to earn a degree in nursing and become a nurse practitioner. She wants to work with families and individuals to help them physically and mentally.

Jennifer Kursinsky

The 17-year-old senior at Sandusky High School is the daughter of Curt and Jill Kursinsky. She has a 3.96 grade point average and is ranked second in her class.

Kursinsky has played varsity softball and basketball, junior varsity volleyball and competed in equestrian. She is a member of the student council, National Honor Society and Youth Advisory Council. She is a 4-H member.

Her leadership roles include captain of the basketball and softball teams, Youth Advisory Council secretary and student council treasurer.

Kursinsky has participated in Cardboard City, volunteered with the Freedom Handicapped Riders program, and has competed in horse shows winning national and world championship titles.

Her goals are to attend Saginaw Valley State University to become an accountant, live in Sanilac County and help support a therapeutic riding program.

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