November 23, 2014

SSC senior wins national scholarship

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Maddison Kusey, a senior at Standish-Sterling High School, was one of 100 students nationwide to get the Principal’s Leadership Award.

By Kevin Bunch
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STANDISH — A local senior at Standish-Sterling high school was one of only 100 applicants nationwide selected to receive the Principal’s Leadership Award scholarship.

Maddison Kusey was nominated by SSC High School Principal Roger Fritz for the scholarship. It is sponsored jointly by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and Herff Jones, Inc. and had over 3,000 applicants. Fritz said of the 100 available scholarships, Michigan only won three.

“We’re very pleased to have someone here,” Fritz said. “It’s worthwhile when an organization recognizes one of our students.”

Kusey said it was the first scholarship outside of the Central Michigan University academic scholarships she had received.

“I’m extremely excited,” she said. “Any little bit of money can help for any college bill.”

Fritz said to be nominated, a student had to have shown excellent academics, involvement in the community, participation in extracurricular activities, and leadership. Kusey is ranked seventh in her class, and has been part of 4-H, the National Honor Society, the concert, jazz, pop, and marching bands, the student council board secretary, and a member of the varsity dance and track teams.

Counselors and teachers at the high school discussed scholarship nominees with Fritz before finalizing a list of three potential students, according to Kusey. She said each of the nominees had to write out a resume detailing what they had done, and submit those two Fritz.

Fritz then recommended Kusey out of those three, and sent it, along with a questionnaire filled out by staff and an essay written by Kusey, to the NASSP.

“The perseverance and leadership qualities that Maddison has demonstrated will serve her well in both the near and distant future,” NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti said in a statement.

Kusey is finishing out her senior year at SSC with a 3.9 grade point average. Kusey said she had been taking the hardest courses she could in preparation for college, where she intends on studying physical therapy.

“I took AP calculus and AP biology, all honors English, just the highest level classes I could, I took,” Kusey said.

Fritz said Herff Jones financed the scholarship, which is worth $1,000. He added eight students out of the 100 received larger scholarship amounts, between $1,200 and $12,000.

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