Grayling High School recognizes Class of 2017 sports participants during Annual Senior Student-Athlete Honors Night
Grayling High School recognized its Class of 2017 sports participants – a group that included six all-state players – on Thursday night during the 19th Annual Senior Student-Athlete Honors Night.
The school did not have power due to a storm on Wednesday, but the athletic department was able to move the ceremony from the auditorium to the cafeteria, which had enough light, and conduct the event as planned.
During the Senior Student-Athlete Honors Night, the school’s athletic department recognized 55 seniors, announcing each of their names and giving engraved plaques to those who attended.
“Our seniors have shown incredible dedication and commitment to Grayling throughout their time here. They have succeeded, failed, and, most importantly, grown as a result of their participation in sports,” said Sparky Nitchman, Grayling High School Athletic Director.
This year’s group of honorees included six all-state athletes – three for football, two for boys basketball, and one for girls soccer.
All-state athletes for the Class of 2017 included: Koedy Dole (football), Molly Leslie (soccer), Sam Reinke (football), Cam Summers (football), Troy Summers (basketball), and Spencer White (basketball).
Coaches of each player’s sport spoke at length about each all-state athlete, and each one received a special plaque.
Nitchman also announced winners of the Distinguished Athlete Award: Koedy Dole and Hayley Pittman. Nitchman said the award was meant to honor players that contributed to their teams in many ways, not just on the court or on the field during games.
The ceremony concluded with the presentation of the annual Viking Award, given annually to the top male and top female athlete of the senior class. This year’s recipients were Troy Summers (basketball, golf) and Megan Oppermann (track, skiing, cross country).