The 120 finalists for the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s Scholar-Athlete Awards for the 2022-23 school year, presented by Farm Bureau Insurance, have been announced, which includes one successful Mustang student athlete.
Monique Brisson, a multisport senior for Munising, was named as a finalist. The cross country, volleyball and basketball leader is only partially through her final year, but is making waves statewide.
Eleven student-athletes were from U.P. schools. Twelve schools have two finalists. Negaunee was the only one from the Upper Peninsula. Over 400 schools submitted at least one athlete across the state.
Multiple-sport participation remains the norm among applicants. The average sport participation rate of the finalists is 2.88. There are 74 three-plus sport participants in the finalists field, and all but two of the 28 sports in which the MHSAA sponsors postseason tournaments are represented.
Class C and D scholarship recipients will be announced Feb. 7 The program, in its 34th year, has recognized student-athletes since the 198990 school year and again this winter will honor 32 individuals from MHSAA member schools who participate in at least one sport in which the Association sponsors a postseason tournament. Farm Bureau Insurance underwrites the Scholar-Athlete Awards and will present a $2,000 scholarship to each recipient. Since the beginning of the program, 896 scholarships have been awarded.
To be eligible for the award, students must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.50 (on a 4.0 scale) and previously have won a varsity letter in at least one sport in which the MHSAA sponsors a postseason tournament. Students also were asked to respond to a series of short essay questions, submit two letters of recommendation and a 500-word essay on the importance of sportsmanship in educational athletics.