In four or five years, when you go to a movie, Rebecca wants you to stay and watch the credits. Her name will be listed under animation, storyboarding or special effects. This very talented and determined young lady’s name will probably be right there. Rebecca carries a 4.25 GPA and is going to major in entertainment arts.

This fall, Rebecca will be a student at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. She will already be an accomplished artist. As part of the “Gold Award” for Girl Scouts, Rebecca partnered with a local sign company in Midland and together they created a new sign for the Gladwin Animal Rescue. Rebecca’s artwork will also be on display at Midland’s Dow Run/Walk. As part of her class work in the academically challenging Commercial Art course, she had to design a logo for the event. Her design logo won the competition.

In order to pursue her animation dreams, she gave up her violin and her place in the Honors Orchestra this year in school. Earlier in her school years, Rebecca struggled with her grades. With the help of a caring tutor, she overcame her weaknesses and is now a tutor to kids in similar situations. She feels she connects with her pupils because of her struggles.

Rebecca bowls at Valley Lanes in Midland. She has been bowling since she was in kindergarten. Her high average is 162, has a high series of 573, and high game of 228. She has been Sgt-at-Arms for the Midland Youth Board for three years. She has participated for many years in the Midland and Michigan State USBC Youth bowling Championships. She finished first in doubles and team in the Midland City Tournament in 2009. Rebecca has been chosen for the Coaches Award at Valley Lanes several times. Her coaches have also selected her twice for the Bowler of the year Award. Her coach asked is she would be taking her ball to college and she is seriously considering it.

A very warm congratulations to Rebecca on receiving the $1,500.00 Future Leader Scholarship from the Michigan State USBC WBA. We wish you all the best in your future endeavors.

Future Leader - NADIA CHUPKA

One of our $1,500.00 scholarship Future Leader recipients is Nadia Chupka from Sault Ste. Marie. Nadia became involved in bowling by accident when her family relocated to the Sault Ste. Marie area for her father’s job. Her neighbors were bowling coaches and they convinced her to give bowling a try. Today, Nadia credits bowling with teaching her the life lessons of persistence, patience, determination, good work ethic, and good sportsmanship. She currently carries an average of 150, high series of 514 and high game of 214.

Nadia, who has always focused on her school work, has a 4.06 GPA and will be Sault Area High School and Career Center’s Co-Valedictorian this year. She has earned the National Honor Society’s top award, the “Key Member Award”, based on the four pillars: Leadership, Scholarship, Character and Service. She also received the NHS “High Honor Award”, based on grade point average. She excels in math and sciences and will be majoring in Chemistry at MSU this fall. She is leaning toward a career in the sciences, like engineering or medical research.

As a community volunteer, Nadia has served on several projects. Providing backpacks and school supplies, served as monthly spaghetti dinners and mentored struggling middle school students. A project close to her heart is the “Kids on the Block” program, which teaches elementary aged children to be kind to one another and stresses an anti-bulling message.

In bowling, Nadia has been involved with the local area youth bowling league committee for three years. The committee acts a youth advisory liaison to the Sault Area USBC. As a result of her involvement on and off the lanes, she has received three merit scholarships from the Sault Area Youth Bowling Scholarship Fund. Her coach believes she will earn a fourth scholarship this year and will become the only student/athlete to have been awarded a scholarship each year she has been eligible.

Our congratulations to Nadia. Michigan Sate USBC WBA is very proud to present you this scholarship and wish you the very best in all your future endeavors.

Future Leader - REBECCA ROSS

Lindsay has been a bowler since the 1998-99 season in the Greater Flint Area. Lindsay believes in practice and what little free time she has, she devotes to improving her game. Since her early days at Richfield Lanes, she has steadily improved her game. She currently has two 300 games and three 700 series with 765 her high. She has a high average of 208 and finished this year’s High School season with a 214 average. Among her honors, she captained the Kearsley High School Bowling Team for three years; in 2011 she was crowned Michigan High School Athletic Assn. Div. II State Individual Champ; and in 2010 her team won first place in the AAU National Tourney in Virginia Beach. One of her best bowling memories was made recently when the Kearsley HS Bowling Team gave their “#1 Fan”, Larry, a bowling jacket. Larry is a mentally challenged person who never misses a match or practice for the high school team. Lindsay believes she will cherish that memory for a long time.

Lindsay is a very busy high school student/athlete. She has a 3.651 GPA and attends online classes at Davenport University. She plans on attending Davenport U in Grand Rapids to study nursing in the fall. Originally planning on concentrating on geriatric medicine, she job-shadowed a Nurse Anesthetist and found a calling in the operating room. When she completes her studies at Davenport, Lindsay would like to transfer to MSU to complete her goal of becoming a Nurse Anesthetist.

Lindsay is also a community activist and invests many volunteer hours. At Flint’s Carriage Town Ministries, she enjoys helping the homeless. She is a volunteer coach for the middle school bowling team. She devotes time to being a teacher’s aid at Buffey elementary. She is a member of the National Honor Society. This year’s Star of Tomorrow, is a busy and well-rounded young lady who cannot envision a future without bowling being a part of it.

Congratulations Lindsay on receiving the Michigan State USBC WBA $1,500.00 Star of Tomorrow Scholarship. We wish you the very best in all your future endeavors.

Star of Tomorrow - LINDSAY PLOOF

2012 Scholarships

Lindsay Ploof, Nadia Chupka, Rebecca Ross