Three seniors from the Ann Arbor area are among 32 Michigan High School Athletic Association scholarship and athlete recipients for the 2020-2021 school year.
The MHSAA released the Class A winners on Tuesday with Laura O’Brien from Ann Arbor Skyline receiving the honor of joining Andrew Kowalski (Class B) from Chelsea and Finn Feldeisen (Class C) from Ann Arbor Greenhills, who have been honored earlier this month.
About 32 senior high school athletes won the $ 1,000 scholarship and are expected to receive the honor at an online awards ceremony later this winter.
Seven athletes from the Ann Arbor area were among the 120 finalists for this year’s program, which is in its 32nd year.
To be eligible, students had to have at least a GPA of 3.50 with a college letter in at least one MHSAA sponsored sport.
Students also submitted answers to short essay questions, two letters of recommendation, and a 500-word essay on the importance of fair play.
Over 8,300 scholarships have been awarded since the inception of the program.
Learn more about the Ann Arbor area winners below.
Laura O’Brien, Ann Arbor Skyline
Laura O’Brien was on the Skyline varsity cross country team for four seasons, serving as the team captain last fall and is set to make her fourth season with the track team in the spring. next.
O’Brien has competed in two MHSAA Cross Country State Finals and qualified for the Track and Field State Finals and was named All-Region in Track. She was named Academic Star in both sports and helped the Eagles achieve academic honors in each sport.
She has also participated in the National Honor Society, the Freeman Environmental Education Youth Council, the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability Climate Change workshops, and the Southeast Michigan Stewardship Coalition Community Forum.
O’Brien also performed for four years in choir and was a website designer, administrator and co-founder of a virtual tutoring program. She plans to study environmental science at university.
Andrew Kowalski, Chelsea
Andrea Kowalski has participated in basketball, soccer and cross country, while gaining recognition from all soccer conferences. She is a team captain of both football and basketball and helped Chelsea open the 2021 basketball season with a 4-1 record and assisted the team in their 2020 conference championship season.
She has also participated in the student council, marching band, symphony orchestra, National Honor Society, and civic engagement club as a founding member. She will study engineering in Michigan.
Finn Feldeisen, Ann Arbor Greenhills
Finn Feldeisen played college tennis and lacrosse while at Greenhills. He won all-state tennis honors after winning a state final flying championship and helped the lacrosse team win a league title in 2019.
Feldeisen has also been involved in student council, Model United Nations, forensics, peer-to-peer math tutoring, United Way and the regional youth council. He won the Ambassador Award from the United Nations Association of the United States and plans to study business at university.