A name clearly recognized by State Youth Board members, State Youth Leaders, and tournament workers is Christina Wittkopp of Greenville and a member of the Mid Michigan  Youth Association will receive a $1,500 Future Leader Scholarship. Christina carries a 140 average with high game of 239 and high series of 538.

Christina has served on the Greenville Youth Fundraiser Board for Greenville Lanes, is on the Local Board of Directors and the Michigan State USBC Youth Board. This year she is running an Adult/Youth Doubles Tournament in the Youth State Tournament City. If determination ensures success, we are sure that this will become an ongoing event at future Michigan State USBC Youth Tournament sites.

An average high school student with a 3.19 GPA, Christina graduated last year and is now a student at Montcalm Community College in Sidney Michigan. She is pursuing two associate degrees one in business and one in accounting.  Christina signed up for 17 credit hours, only to find that most full time students take only 12. She cut back the second semester and is taking 'only' 14 credit hours. This has cut her back to only bowling on weekend leagues with the Mid Michigan Travel league and helping with youth leagues at home in Greenville, where she started bowling with bumper bowl at the age of four. After finishing Montcalm Community College, she plans to continue at Davenport University. She is looking for a job in her spare time to help with future education.

Congratulations Christina. The Michigan State USBC WBA is very proud to present you with this scholarship to help further your education and we wish you all the best in your future endeavors.

Samantha Johnson of Wyoming MI and a member of the Greater Grand Rapids Association has been selected to receive this years Star of Tomorrow $1,500 scholarship. She has a current average of 195, a 288 high game, and 700 series. She has been bowling for 12 years.

Samantha won the State Doubles Championship in Sterling Heights in 2006 and Schildroth Invitational Tournament in Midland in 2008. She held girl's high average for the state in 2001 as a bantam and again in 2007 as a Junior. She has bowled in Junior Gold for the past two years, in Buffalo New York and Detroit Michigan. Several local tournament awards are hers and she placed second in the State USBC Youth Masters in Muskegon in 2007. She has been bowling in the Alro Steel MJMA for the past three years. Bowing for the Rogers High School in Wyoming, she has been the regional champ in both singles and team and carries a 198 average.

Samantha's activities have included a mission trip to Alaska with her church, a Praise team singing group and a High School Musical at Grand Rapids Civic Theater. She is also involved with SADD, Drama Club, Key Club and National Honor Society. With all this, she also has been the Boys Varsity Tennis Manager for three years.

Currently carrying a 3.8 GPA and ranked ninth in her class of 212, Samantha plans to attend Grand Valley State University and hopes to bowl on their team. She plans to go into the teaching field at the secondary level is seriously considering going into teaching at a Native American Reservation.

Congratulations Samantha! The Michigan State USBC WBA is very proud to present you this scholarship and wish you the very best in all your future endeavors.


Star of Tomorrow -  SAMANTHA JOHNSON

2009 Scholarships

Samantha Johnson,Rachel Wisman,Christina Wittkopp

Rachel Wisman of Bronson Michigan will receive a Future Leader $1,500 scholarship. Rachel carries a 185 average, has a high game of 257 and high series of 623.

Rachel as received first place awards for the 2003 Michigan State YABA Tournament for team, Bronson Youth City tournament in 2007 and the Schildroth Invitational Tournament in 2007. She serves as the Youth Representative to the Bronson Board as well as being her league president.

She is an altar server at St Mary's Church and has been for the past nine years, works with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, SADD, Quiz Bowl, the National Honor Society and has filmed Varsity Football and Girls Varsity Basketball for the past two years.  Rachel has been student of the month for three years and is the Varsity Club President. While Rachel loves to bowl, she also is very active in softball. She was named Honorable Mention in her Freshman and Sophmore years, and All State in her Junior year.

Rachel carries a 4.0 GPA and is ranked number 1 in her graduating class of 112 with 10 A+'s and one A- in her high school career. She will be attending Trine University in Angola Indiana this fall to pursue a career in teaching middle or high school and wants to coach in sports as well.

Our congratulations to Rachel. The Michigan State USBC WBA is very proud to present you this scholarship and we wish you the very best in all your future endeavors.

Future Leader - RACHEL WISMAN