Congrats Class of 2018 MASSP Scholarship Winners

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MASSP is proud to have recently awarded three graduating seniors from the Class of 2018 with this year’s Board of Directors scholarship, which entitles each student to a $2,500 award toward tuition in fall 2018. The winners – Trevor Blood from Hamilton High School, Blake Rierson from Unionville-Sebewaing Area High School and Anthony Reo from Paw Paw High School – are children of MASSP members who displayed exemplary academic achievement, participation in extra curricular activities and the completion of both school and community service. Congratulations to this year's award winners!

Trevor Blood

Trevor is the son of Matthew Blood, Principal at Hudsonville's Freshman Campus. He recently graduated eighth in his class from Hamilton High School with a 3.9 GPA, including multiple AP credits.

Trevor is a three-time Academic Award of Excellence winner, as well as a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council and Quiz Bowl team. He was also selected to represent Hamilton at a Mayor's Round Table discussion, where students provided input to community leaders regarding local issues. A scholar athlete, Trevor participated in three varsity sports: tennis, wrestling and track and field. During his wrestling career, he served two years as team captain, was a two time conference champion, regional qualifier and was twice honored the All-Area Wrestler award by the Holland Sentinel. Trevor holds the school record in pole vault; a discipline where he also earned All-State and Academic All-State honors, as well as another Holland Sentinel All-Area award. In addition to his extracurricular activities, Trevor volunteers at his church, attends a yearly mission trip, serves as a youth wrestling coach and has found time to hold a part-time job.

"Trevor is compassionate, helpful, hard working, loyal, honest, modest, and the list could go on and on," wrote his AP Calculus teacher, Blaine Lugten. "These traits are evident whether he is in or out of the classroom. He is a young man with a heart for giving and for helping others. Any college should feel lucky to have this caliber of student on their campus."

Blake Rierson

Blake is the son of George Rierson, Superintendent at Unionville-Sebewaing Area Schools and former building leader at both USA and Caro high schools. Blake graduated first in his class with a 4.0 GPA, having earned both AP and dual enrollment credits from Delta Community College.

Blake was President of both the Student Council and FRC Robotics Club, and also a member of the National Honor Society, drama club and the Youth In Government program. He has participated in the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy and at the Saginaw Bay Environmental Science Institute. He serves as a parish lector at Our Lady Consolata and is the public address announcer at USA's volleyball and basketball games. A four-sport athlete, Blake participated in track and field, basketball, baseball and football, where he earned state Academic Dream Team and 2nd Team All-Conference Defense honors.

"Blake is a focused and driven young man that works very hard to ensure his own success," wrote Unionville-Sebewaing social studies teacher Pete Miklovic in a letter of recommendation. "Blake is confident, respectful, and has the ability to make those around him better. Unionville-Sebewaing Area Schools will lose an outstanding student and person. The ability to critically think and Blake's devotion to learning makes him an excellent choice for any university."

Anthony Reo

Anthony is the son of Rick Reo, Principal at Bloomingdale Middle and High School. Anthony graduated first in his class at Paw Paw High School with a 4.1 GPA., inclusive of multiple AP credits. He is also a National Merit Commended Student.

Anthony was a class officer and member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, including serving as the Executive Secretary, and Key Club, where he was President and bulletin editor. A decorated athlete, Anthony was twice awarded First Team All-Conference and Academic All-State Dream Team for football and twice awarded First Team All-District, All-Region and All-Conference for wrestling, as well as a fifth place All-State honor. Anthony is also a youth baseball and football coach, tutor for at-risk students and holds a part-time job.

"Anthony leads others by example and expects the very best out of himself and those around him," wrote Matt Stephens, Paw Paw Football Coach. "He accepts challenges and tackles problems head on with perseverance. Anthony maintains great rapport with coaches, teachers, teammates and peers. I have never seen him lose composure or poise, but instead approach adversity with determination and keen wisdom. Anthony truly lives his life with a philosophy of integrity, class and excellence."

In order for a student to be considered for the scholarship s/he must be a graduating senior at a Michigan public high school or private high school with a minimum GPA of 3.0; be a dependent of an MASSP member in good standing at the professional membership level or above for at least three years; and be enrolled as a full-time student (at least 12 credits per semester/trimester) at a public community/junior college, four-year degree-granting institution, or vocational training institution that grants a degree, certification or license.

Priority was given on the basis of academic achievement, extra curricular activities, and school and community service. Scholarship determinations were made by the MASSP Scholarship Committee strictly on the merit of the applicant’s performance against the criteria. The selection and award of scholarships is an objective and nondiscriminatory process.