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7 nominated for top scholar-athlete


Kara Muxlow Kara Muxlow The nominations are in for the top scholar-athlete in Sanilac County.

Seven high school seniors are in the running for the Robert J. Patten Memorial Scholarship that’s awarded each year by the News.

The scholarship honors News founder Robert 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 $500 scholarship, the winner’s name will be inscribed on the Patten traveling trophy that will be on display in the recipient’s high school during the 2014-15 school year.

The winner will be announced in next week’s paper, after being selected by a committee of Publisher Jane Vanderpoel, Sports Editor Dale Ball, and Features Editor Carol Seifferlein. Editor Eric Levine will not participate this year because of a conflict of interest.

Samuel W. Washe Samuel W. Washe The 2014 Patten candidates, nominated by high school prin- cipals, counselors and athletic directors are:

Kara Muxlow

The 18-year-old Brown City senior is the daughter of Dan and Cindy Muxlow. She has a 3.974 grade point average.

Kara has played 3 sports – volleyball (2 years varsity), basketball (3 years varsity), and softball (3 years varsity). She’s a member of the National Honor Society and Youth Advisory Council, high school band, Sanilac County Honors Band and Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association Honors Band.

Her leadership roles include captain of the varsity volleyball and basketball teams, secretary of the National Honor Society, and drum major of the marching band.

She has participated in community activities including blood drives, senior citizen proms, Sacred Heart youth group, religious education teacher, church youth pianist, and Mackinac Island Honor Scouts.

Kylee Rae Barrett Kylee Rae Barrett She will attend Alma College, majoring in biology for a career in the medical field.

Samuel W. Washe

The 18-year-old senior at Carsonville-Port Sanilac High School is the son of Thomas and Sandra Washe. He has a 3.90 grade point average, ranked 3rd in his class of 46.

Samuel has played varsity football, baseball and track for four years and was a member of the 8-Man state championship football team his freshman and sophomore years. He has participated in Science Olympiad, student council, National Honor Society, Academic Games Math Team, Theatre 13, winter homecoming class representative and fall homecoming king representative.

His leadership roles include captain of varsity baseball, track and football teams, class vice president senior year, captain Math Academic Games Team, and academic awards in English, math, science, social studies and world language.

Kendra Colesa Kendra Colesa His community activities including volunteering with St. Mary’s Youth Group, Sanilac County Historic Village and Museum, junior high football games and CPS Elementary School basketball games.

Samuel will attend Michigan Technological University to major in computer engineering for a career in that field.

Kylee Rae Barrett

The 18-year-old Croswell- Lexington senior is the son of Kimberly Young, Andy Young, and Mike Barrett. She has a 4.0 grade point average.

Kylee has played softball (4 years varsity), basketball (3-1/2 years varsity) and volleyball (3-1/2 years varsity); member of traveling softball and fast pitch summer teams; attended college softball clinics. She has been a Future Stars Basketball coach and Pioneer Volleyball Camp coach, both for youngsters. She’s a member of the National Honor Society, and a new student/foreign transfer “friend” and guide.

Dakota Hall Dakota Hall Kylee’s leadership activities include captain of the softball, basketball and volleyball teams; Pioneer Alliance Leadership Council; Michigan High School Athletic Association and Blue Water Area Conference captains’ clinics.

Her community activities include First Presbyterian Church Youth Group; organizer breast cancer awareness T-shirt fundraiser; Making Visions A Reality; 20 community service hours for National Honor Society; Coats for Kids.

She will attend Wayne State University to pursue a medical degree and become a pediatrician.

Kendra Colesa

The 18-year-old Deckerville High School senior is the daughter of Kathleen and Blaine Colesa. She has a 3.79 grade point average, ranked 4th in her class.

Samantha Murray Samantha Murray Kendra has participated in track, cross country, basketball, equestrian and softball; Academic Games Language Arts and Science teams; student council; Inventions Team; prom committee; National Honor Society; Youth Advisory Council.

Her leadership roles have included captain of basketball, track and cross county teams; homecoming queen; all-state academic, track and cross-country; and Pierson Award for equestrian leadership.

Kendra’s community activities have included blood drives, canned food drives, food pantries, soup kitchens, breast cancer awareness drives, youth 5Ks and basketball camps, and Cardboard City.

She plans to attend Oakland University to earn a degree in health sciences and work as a radiologist.

Dakota Hall

Patrick Brown Patrick Brown The 18-year-old Marlette High School senior is the son of Mike and Tammi Hall. He has a 4.0 grade point average, ranked first in his class of 63.

Dakota has participated in football (1 year varsity), basketball (2 years varsity); track (3 years varsity); and soccer (1 year varsity), and baseball (1 year varsity). He’s been a member of the Academic Games Science Team, student council, Yearbook and National Honor Society.

His leadership roles include class vice president (4 years); classroom awards for geometry, Algebra II, pre-calculus, chemistry, advanced placement chemistry, government, environmental science, English and Honors English; all-league honorable mention running long jump and soccer, and academic all-league.

His community activities include blood drives, elementary basketball camp counselor, Community Thanksgiving Dinner, Marlette Masonic Temple Trickor Trunk, Get-on-Track fundraiser, Heaven Sent Ministries, yard work projects, various class-sported activities for elementary students, and member Marlette United Methodist Church.

Dakota will attend Oakland University to earn a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, followed by a Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Michigan, to become an industrial pharmacist.

Samantha Murray

The 17-year-old Peck High School senior is the daughter of Stan and Paula Murray. She has a 3.96 grade point average, ranked 6th in her class.

Samantha’s activities include Academic Games Math Team, varsity volleyball (3 years), varsity basketball (3 years), varsity softball (4 years), National Honor Society and student council.

Her leadership roles include captain Academic Games Math Team, captain of volleyball, basketball and softball teams, president of National Honor Society, and chairperson of blood drives.

Samantha’s community activities include Lunch Buddy Program, Adopt-a-Highway, blood drives, food drives, Adopta Family, and fixing and serving soup kitchen meals.

She plans to attend Saginaw Valley State University, obtain a law degree, and become a corporate attorney.

Patrick Brown

The 18-year-old Sandusky High School senior is the son of Dennis and Monica Brown. He has a 3.65 grade point average, ranked 9th in his class.

Patrick has participated in varsity football, varsity wrestling, and track. He is a member of the National Honor Society and student council.

His leadership roles include captain of the football and wrestling teams, senior class president, and youth wrestling counselor and coach.

His activities in the community include blood drives, food distribution, youth wrestling camps, Glow Walk for Eva’s Place, and member St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Patrick will attend Heidelberg University to study business administration with the goal of starting his own construction business.

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