FIFTY-TWO 8th-grade students officially became Shiawassee Scholars on Tuesday, May 1 at D’Mar Banquet & Conference Center in Owosso. The Shiawassee Scholars program was started in 1999 and has recognized nearly 960 scholars since that time. The class of 2022, containing students from the Byron, Corunna, Durand, Laingsburg, Morrice, New Lothrop, Owosso, Perry and St. Paul school systems.
This year’s scholars are Kendall Anderson, Hannah Beaucamp, Stephen Bender, Aliyah Bentley, Ethan Brunner, Claire Buckley, Abigail Colborn, Ella Coulter, Lucas Cunningham, Kezzie Dietz, Ellie Feldpausch, Abigail Franzmeier, Jade Garske, Grant Goetschy and Isabel Henige.
As well as Brock Herrick, Chalea Herron, Zachary Hinojosa and Aaron Jafri, Victor Jones, Caleb Joslin, Ella Kay, Alyssa Kenyon, Harrison Ketchum, Jillian Klaver, Ella Kloeckner, Reece Kramer, Jack Lamb, Kevin Laskowski, Colin Lavery, Adrianna Monear, Dillan Morell, Collin Munro, David Neese and Grace O’Neill.
Also, Alexander Popovitch, Carson Reed, Rachel Reed, Alyse Rowley, Zachary Slider, Nichole Steffens, Justin Svarc, Makenzi Tallon, Samantha Thayer, Casmiera Thorman, Kyra Waldner, Lillian Warren, Anya Wasilenski, Jason Weber, Ethan West, Madison Wheeler and Vanessa Zettle.
The Shiawassee Scholars program provides resources and support to academically talented high school students to reach their full potential, and is a partnership between the Cook Family Foundation and the Shiawassee Regional Education Service District. Shiawassee Scholars are identified in 8th-grade by achieving the highest scores in the county on the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test). By identifying and recognizing academically talented students early, the Shiawassee Scholars program seeks to encourage students to continue to pursue academically challenging activities during their high school years.
Students participate in several programs. These new scholars will spend three days on a Big Ten university campus, practice their test taking skills and attend several informational sessions regarding college and career planning, dual enrollment options and accelerated academic programs.