Twenty-seven of the leaders and best from the greater Shiawassee area have been awarded scholarships to attend the University of Michigan. While all of the students have outstanding academic records, two students received special scholarships. Mitchell Lawrence, valedictorian of Byron High School was awarded the Bruce & Jacqueline Cook Scholarship and Mary Basso, valedictorian of Owosso High School, was awarded the Donald Cook scholarship.
Mitchell Lawrence, son of Jon and Christina Lawrence, has been admitted to the Taubman College of Architecture and the College of Literature, Science and the Arts. Mitchell is the president of the student council and national honor society at Byron High School, and he has been dual-enrolled this past year at Lansing Community College taking upper level classes in Japanese, calculus and other subjects. The Bruce & Jacqueline Cook Scholarship, funded by the namesakes, is four-year full tuition scholarship.
Mary Basso, daughter of Daniel and Tamara Basso, will be attending the Residential College at the University of Michigan studying French and looking for opportunities in international studies. Mary serves as the president of several organizations: key club, environmental club, quiz bowl, and the student body. She has taken an impressive 13 AP classes in her high school career. The Donald Cook Scholarship, named after the founder of the Cook Family Foundation, provides $5,000 a year for four years.