Paige Barber is a busy high school senior. The winner of this year’s Michigan State USBC WBA “Future Leader” scholarship is busy in and out of the bowling center. The Midland High School senior is dual enrolled at Delta College in Bay City. At the end of April she will be ready to graduate high school and will have completed twelve college credits. In addition Paige will have earned and be ready to test for her certified nursing assistance (CNA) certificate. If that does not sound like enough academic achievement, she holds a co-op job at the Mid-Michigan Medical Center in the radiology department. All of this will help in making her dreams of a career in the health and sciences come true. This seven year honor student is not just about the books.
Paige the bowler is a busy person as well. She bowls on Saturday mornings in the Northern Lanes youth program. She is more than a bowler, as she also serves as a junior league secretary. She puts pencil to paper doing the league record keeping service for the bantam league that bowls at Northern. Paige does the old fashion paperwork and then it is compared to the youth coordinator’s computer printout. Paige is the office manager for the Midland USBC Youth Board and is a liaison between the youth and adult boards. In this capacity she works the youth city tournament alongside the adult advisors. Her plans for bowling next year include staying with the Northern Lanes youth program as a junior bowler and trying to bowl in the Delta College bowling club. All work and no play would let Paige get some sleep, but she also volunteers her time for worthy causes. She helps out at the Mid-Michigan Medical center, delivering meals, newspapers and flowers. She assists patients at meal time and with transportation around the hospital. She also volunteers her time with the Delta College Foundation raising money for scholarships. Paige supports the fundraising efforts of the “Possible Dream Program”, which aids youth at risk in grades 6 through 12. She is a reading tutor for the Grace A. Dow Library summer reading program. Paige and her whole family volunteer at the Santa House in Midland, a holiday tradition in the area. In addition, she pitches in for her school fund raising efforts working the football concession stand, pop can drives and bake sales.
If that is not enough for one person, she also lettered in softball at Midland High and does travel league softball. Her team, the Lady River Dawgs, earned a 5th place finish in the National last year in Wisconsin the 16U division.
As Paige continues on her journey to the next phase of her life, we wish her well and are confident she will be a “Future Leader”.
Brooke Wood is the recipient of the “Star of Tomorrow” award. Bowling has been a part of Brooke’s life since she was a little girl. The Flint USBC Youth member began her bowling path at Nightingale lanes in the prep division. Brooke has called Rollaway Lanes in Davison her bowling home since middle school. She bowls both her Saturday morning leagues and her high school competitions there, and she also makes a weekly appearance in league play at B’s Bowling center. Brooke is a member of the Michigan Junior Masters Association and participates in Junior Gold events. She is an all season bowler, and is currently carrying a 214 average, with a 300 game and a 753 series to her credit. This bowling season, she has rolled over 25 -700 series to date. She plans to study for a career in the medical field at Arkansas State where she will be bowling with their NCAA Division 1 team.
Brooke is an academic achiever as well as a talented bowler. She is graduating in the top 15% of her class; maintaining academic excellence as an honor roll student throughout her school years. She shares her talents by tutoring student’s at all academic levels. In high school she tutors fellow students in math and in the elementary level she is teaching her second language, sign language. Brooke became enamored with signing and would like to incorporate this into her future career. She is a serious student, who picked two science classes one year so she could take AP science her senior year. This year she was dual enrolled at Mott College and will graduate with three college credits. At Arkansas State, Brooke will begin studies in biological sciences with the goal of pursuing a career in the medical field concentrating on the pediatric discipline.
In her spare time she plays the clarinet and for some quiet time she enjoys a good book. Brooke also gives back to her community. She has volunteered with her church, St. John Catholic Church in Davison to benefit the Outreach East program. This on-going program distributes non-perishable food items to families in need. During the holidays the program also distributes toys to families who cannot afford them.
Brooke would like to see her bowling career continue and has plans to compete in the USBC Women’s Open and Queens’s tournaments in the future. We wish Brooke a happy future both on and off the lanes.
Lauren Krywy is one of this year’s “Star of Tomorrow” recipients. She bowls at SunnyBrook Lanes in Sterling Heights and is a member of the Metro Detroit USBC. During her youth bowing career she has made All City team for nine consecutive years. In additions, she has made All Michigan Team at the state level. She is a member of the Michigan Junior Masters Association. She lends a hand with various tasks prior to each MJMA competition. Lauren has been to Junior Gold three times and has a top 5 finish in doubles in the USBC Youth open to her credit. At SunnyBrook Lanes on Saturdays she uses her Bronze Coaching certificate to help younger bowlers with their games. Lauren average 211 and has a high game of 289 and a high series of 729. She is going to McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois to study sports medicine and bowl on their team.
Lauren has worked hard during her high school career and has reaped the rewards of her hard work. She is in the top third of her class. As captain of the varsity bowling team, she was name, All County, All State and All State Academic teams. In addition she was name Macomb County Athlete of the Year. She is also in the marching band drum line and concert band. She recently received a NTHS Award for outstanding student involvement and academic achievement.
During her high school career Lauren has completed a number of hours of community service both in and out of school. She belongs to the HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) at Adlai Stevenson High School in Sterling Heights. This an organization geared towards future health occupation students. Lauren has set her goal in college to study sports medicine and hopes to become an athletic trainer upon graduation. She is also a member of the National Honor Society and in that capacity tutors fellow students in various subjects and serves as a backup officer. For four years she has volunteered as an aide at Serenity Animal hospital. Her duties at the clinic include offering comfort to the animals and cleaning up after spending time with them.
In her spare time, Lauren is dedicated to Polish dancing and heritage. She has participated in traditional Polish dance competition for fifteen years and plans on continuing. In 2008-09 she served as Jr.US Polka Association Princess and during the year represented this organization at various functions promoting Polish Heritage.
Lauren plans to bowl as a “Lady Bearcat” this season and will fit in as many tournaments as possible.
As Lauren shoots for the stars in her new challenges we wish her a bright and endless future.
Lauren Krywy, Brooke Wood, Paige Barber