Busy is the word that comes to mind when you read about Teagan MacDonald.
The University of Michigan-Flint freshman has and has always had a full plate. As a recipient of this year’s Michigan State USBC WBA “Star of Tomorrow” Teagan epitomizes the moniker student-athlete. A bowler since the age of five Teagan began her school bowling career during middle school. During her high school bowling career she was part of the Kearsley High School bowling team which won two state high school team titles. Teagan served as co-captain of the team her senior year. To date she has recorded a 205 average, a 716 series, and a 279 game. She has served as president, vice president, and treasurer of her leagues in the Greater Flint USBC Youth Association. Teagan excelled as a high school bowler and still bowls today in Flint youth leagues.
As well as Teagan shines on the lanes it pales in comparison to her work in the classroom. She finished her high school academic career with a 3.97 grade point average. As a freshman at U of M-Flint she is a member of the Dean’s List. Her major is biology and her minor is in chemistry with a concentration in pre-veterinary studies. The first semester Teagan earned a 3.85 grade point. Once her studies are done at U of M-Flint she hopes to transfer to Michigan State to study veterinary medicine with a specialty in domestic animals. Her dream is to one day open her own veterinary practice. To that goal Teagan job shadows the doctors at Heritage Veterinary Hospital in Flint. She recently was able to assist in her first surgery. She got to “scrub in” for a spay surgery.
We congratulate Teagan on her “Star of Tomorrow” award and wish her the best with her future in bowling and beyond.
Keri Molloy is a young lady on a mission.
This “Future Leader” Scholarship recipient has a plan for the future and goals for the present. Keri has just finished her freshman year at Saginaw Valley State University where after some first year adjustments she ended the year with a solid 3.2 grade point. She is a pre-dental student at Saginaw hoping to transfer to the University of Michigan or University Detroit-Mercy for dental school to pursue her dream of becoming a dentist.
In addition to her studies Keri is part of the women’s bowling team at SVSU. The school has reinstated its bowling program as a club sport but this means the team must fundraise to pay for their expenses. Their fundraising efforts have included a golf outing, selling candles, 50/50 cash raffles and bowling ball raffles at local Saginaw bowling centers. The team raised enough funds to attend tournaments like the club championships and Tier 1 Championships in Las Vegas which they finished in 3rd place. As a collegiate bowler with a club sport the team has to perform traditional athletic staff roles. Keri has joined in the effort to strengthen the bowling team and acts as the team recruiter during events like Junior Gold tournaments and Michigan Junior Master’s Association competition.
Keri has been a volunteer for many years and has served her community in a variety of different capacities. She has been a youth bowling and softball coach, raised awareness of homelessness and hunger, and participated in civic and state clean-up programs.
We congratulate Keri on her past success and look forward to her leadership in the future.
Miranda Porath of Tecumseh is one of this year’s “Future Leader” Scholarship winners.
This year Miranda was a dual enrolled student which means she was taking classes at Clinton High School and Siena Heights University. This gave her a jumpstart to her collegiate academic career. In her high school academic career she finished with a 3.71 grade point average. Through her first semester of dual enrollment at Siena Heights she was pulling a perfect 4.0. She will take her perfect GPA with her to Olivet College in the fall as she becomes a Lady Comet at the Division III NCAA School and participates in their varsity bowling program.
For Miranda, bowling is all about the experience and the memories that are gained during the competitions. She has a high game of 280 which she bowled during the 2013 Michigan Pepsi Youth Championship in Muskegon. In high school competition Miranda helped her team finished 5th in regional's this year. In individual competition she came in 5th in singles at regional’s and 18th at the state tournament. Miranda has participated in four national tournaments. In each of these national tournaments she has organized groups to go to the tournament. The travel experiences with her teammates during these tournaments have become cherished memories for Miranda.
Miranda will be studying psychology in college. She has chosen this path because of some unfortunate losses in her life due to cancer. She believes helping people through tough times is her true calling.
We congratulate Miranda on her “Future Leader” Scholarship and wish her a bright future in college ad beyond.
Hannah Ploof’s bowling career has been a one for the books.
She has recorded a high average of 234, high series of 800, and has two 300 games to her credit. Hannah has been a member on three state high school bowling teams which have captured state titles. She is this year’s female high school singles champion. To cap the year off Hannah was named to the Detroit Free Press Dream Team for bowling. Adding to that honor she was the winner of the Matt Fiorito “Miss Bowling” award sponsored by the Detroit Free Press. The Mr. and Miss Bowling awards are voted on annually by the Michigan High School Interscholastic Bowling Coaches Association and recognizes both academic and athletic excellence in a high school bowling career. What a resume for a young lady who today is celebrating her 18th birthday.
Hannah is a 2 year National Honor Society member who finished her high school career with a 3.75 grade point. In addition to her academic and athletic success Hannah has logged over 100 hours of community service. She has bagged meals for the hungry, helped at a homeless mission, and serves as a middle school youth bowling coach.
Hannah is planning on going to Mott Community College for at least the first year to study sign language with the hope of transferring to Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU) to finish her degree. At SVSU she would like to bowl with the women’s team.
Congratulations to Hannah on her “Star of Tomorrow” Award and we wish her success on and off the lanes in the future.
Teagan MacDonald, Hannah Ploof, Keri Molloy and Miranda Porath