On March 19, forty-nine eighth grade students officially became Shiawassee Scholars. The Class of 2023 pictured here is from: Byron, Corunna, Durand, Laingsburg, Morrice, New Lothrop, Owosso, Perry and St. Paul schools. By identifying and recognizing academically talented students early, the Shiawassee Scholars program seeks to encourage students to continue to pursue academically challenging activities during their high school years. The program is a partnership between the Cook Family Foundation and the Shiawassee Regional Education Service District, and since 1999 and has recognized over 1000 Scholars.
The Shiawassee Scholars Program provides resources and support to academically talented high school students to reach their full potential. Students are identified in eighth grade by achieving the highest scores in the county on the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test). Shiawassee Scholars participate in several programs, starting with a three-day trip this June to the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor. Through high school, Scholars have the opportunity to practice their test-taking skills, attend several informational sessions regarding planning for college and career, get assistance with dual enrollment options and accelerated academic programs, and can apply for a scholarship for a summer academic program.
The newest Shiawassee Scholars (by school district) are: Larissa Call, Olivia Chapman, Reese Forgie, Mitchell Morrow, Houghton Svoboda, Lana Treidel, and Nathan Webster from Byron; Chase Bone, Laurie Platner, Isaiah Shook, Kaylee Siddens, Peyton Termeer, and Xavier Zuckschwerdt from Corunna; Sydney Leydig, Jillian Reddy, and Jaxon Smith from Durand; Emilia Laing, Aubrey Loos, Sydney Morrill, Casmir Palazzolo, Nicholas Regan, Olivia Rodriguez, Ian Smith, and Mitchell Yates from Laingsburg; Payton Gutting and Campbell Stinson from Morrice; and Nicholas Barnette, Ryan Heslip, and Tyler Kohlmann from New Lothrop; Claire Agnew, Alexander Binger, Amanda Brainerd, Tanner Cummings, Abigail Dryer, Evan Livingston, Adam Marcotte, Liam McGraw, Olivia McIntyre, Natalie Nolph, Elizabeth Rood, Marisa Rose, Natalie Thayer, and John Tuttle IV from Owosso; Chloe Douglas, Cassidy Flick, Jonah Smith, and David Zheng from Perry; and Tyler Hufnagel and Olivia Savage from St. Paul.