This year’s Future Leader Scholarship winner is a busy high school senior. Melissa Sleda, a student at Sandusky High School is a multi-faceted young woman. An excellent student with a GPA of 3.97, she is taking high school as well as college course this year. She has excelled in band, sports and community activities during her high school career.
Melissa will be attending Lawrence Technological University in September. She will be studying molecular and cell biology. Her future plans include a forensic career with the FBI. Yes, she does like the TV shows of CSI and Bones, but Melissa who lists learning as one of her hobbies decided to find out more. She attended a forensic camp at LTU last summer and career shadowed the state police in Bridgeport, and her sights are now set on following this dream.
Melissa started bowling when she was eight, and states bowling has always been a family affair. The family’s recreational bowling led them to league bowling and then to tournament participation. Melissa, a four year high school bowler will add collegiate bowling to her resume next year when she competes as a Lady Blue Devil for LTU. Melissa who hails from Applegate in Michigan’s thumb started on her bowling path Saturday mornings at Liberty Lanes in Sandusky. She looks forward to bowling in Metro Detroit next year and participating in the Michigan Junior Masters Association.
Melissa has been a leader in her role as a student athlete. In Division 4 competition, the Sandusky’s girls bowling team has consistently placed in the top two during Melissa’s high school career. As an individual competitor Melissa was a singles conference champion in 2013, and a state champions in 2014. As a Michigan State USBC youth tournament participant, she has placed 5th in singles, 4th in doubles and 7th in all events. She had a 4th place finish in team event in the 2008 USBC Youth Open. She sports a 183 average, a 247 high game and a 625 series. During her high school athletic career Melissa has also participated in doubles tennis all 4 years and has qualified for state in that sport.
A true leader, Melissa has excelled in many areas during her tenure in high school. She has played the trumpet since 6th grade and participates in all the forms of band that her high school has to offer. As a member of the marching band, she has performed at Disneyland and band festivals. The band has captured titles in several band competitions. As the current National Honor Society Treasurer, Melissa has supported several community charitable activities like “Food for Friends", which supplies goods for food trucks in Sanilac County. As a 4-HClub member she has competed on archery teams, which have finished 1st and 2nd in competition, made arts and crafts for fun and befriended an alpaca for a year.
For quiet time Melissa is currently a fan of the futuristic world genre in series like “Divergent” and “Hunger Games”. She is also the historian of her group as she scrapbooks her activities like band, bowling and proms.
Melissa Sleda is a remarkable young woman. She has shown her leadership skill and we wish her a future with no limits.
Chances are you have heard the name of Brandie Reamy before. On April 26, 2006 she became the youngest YABA female bowler in history to roll a 300 game. For any bowler, a 300 game is a giant feat, but for a 12 year old young lady from Livonia it was a record breaker. She bowled this during the Sunday Youth Classic League’s stop at Country Lanes in Farmington. Her record would stand for seven years.
In the years since this wonderful achievement, Brandie did not sit back and rest on her laurels. She has had 11 in a row twice, during competition at the Michigan State USBC Youth tournament. Last year, Brandie had 3 first place finishes in the MS USBC Youth tournament; a second place finish in the Metro Detroit USBC Youth Championships, and in the AAU Junior Olympics she earned 3 gold medals and 2 silver medals. Also, in the USBC Youth open, hosted last year by the Metro Detroit USBC, Brandie placed 4th in All events and 14th in doubles.
Brandie began her bowling career at the age of three. Brandie’s mother, Linda Reamy, has been a long time coach and youth director within the Metro Detroit Association. Brandie has expressed a desire to follow in her mother’s footsteps and work with youth. Brandie is currently a Level 1 Coach and a Registered Volunteer for Skore Lanes in Taylor. She would like to continue to coach and become involved in the association mechanics of youth bowling. Brandie previously served as secretary and vice president of the Sunday Youth Classic and served a year on the youth committee for Western Wayne County USBC. She has coached younger bowlers at Wonderland Lanes in Livonia and Beech Lanes in Redford.
This year Brandie bowled in the Community Bowling Center’s Elite Travel League. She is an active participant in the Michigan Junior Masters Association tournament circuit. Her highest average is a 206 and highest series a 758. In the future Brandie would like to stay competitive and looks forward to bowling in the Metro Detroit Women’s Series, PBA regional events and Queens’s tournaments. Several Adult leagues are heavily recruiting her for next fall’s bowling season.
Brandie is a student at Schoolcraft Community College in Livonia and is studying General Business with a GPA of 4.0. Her future plans are pending as she has not ruled out any possibilities.
This year’s Star of Tomorrow Award Recipient is all about bowling, but she lives to spend time with her family. The twenty- year old, when she is not on the lanes, is at home with her finance’ Tyler Street and their two year old daughter Sophia. The young family enjoys practicing together regularly (Yes, Sophia is bowling) and loves spending quiet evenings at home. We applaud Brandie’s past accomplishments and wish her well with all her future endeavors.
Brandie Reamy, Melissa Sleda