If you asked this year’s winner of the Michigan State USBC WBA “Star of Tomorrow” honor what is most important to her, she would answer family. Even her bowling career she considers a bonding experience for her family. Kailey started bowling at age five and her first coach was her dad, Kevin. She was born into a bowling family but she too loves the sport. Many of her bowling memories are centered around her family.
Kailey hails from Holland and is a member of the West Shore USBC Youth. This year she averaged 196 in the Northland Youth League at Northland Lanes in Holland. During the 2013-2014 season in the West Shore Youth Girls Travel League Kailey posted a 200 average. Her high game of 279 was bowled on March 4, 2013 in the West Shore USBC Youth Association Championships at Starlite Lanes in Grand Haven. Her high series of 729 was bowled on October 24, 2014 in the Holland Family Tournament at Zeeland Lanes in Zeeland. Kailey’s first 700 was rolled during the 2013 West Shore USBC Youth Association Championships. She bowled a 715 and the first phone call she made was to her grandfather. Her grandfather told her how proud he was of her and how much he loved her. Kailey cherishes this memory as her grandfather would lose his fight with cancer less than two weeks later.
Kailey is a champion with a big heart. Her grandmother suffers with dementia and lives with her family. It is important to Kailey to help in her grandmother’s 24/7 care. This young lady realizes her mother, the primary caregiver needs a break and so she sits with her grandmother a couple of nights a week. Kailey’s commitment to her family is extremely important to her.
Kailey is a hard worker. West Ottawa High School in Holland does not offer bowling as an athletic option but they do offer golf. Kailey’s parent encouraged her to play golf for the high school and she played as a sophomore, junior, and senior both on Junior Varsity and Varsity. She has experienced some successes on the fairway too. Her most meaningful accomplishment in golf came her senior year. Kailey’s ability to keep a smile on her face, shrug off bad shots, and carry on earned her “The Sportsmanship Award”. Her golf coach gave her this award because he could always count on her.
This fall Kailey will be attending Aquinas College to major in education. She is an honor roll student at West Ottawa and carries a 3.624 GPA. Kailey is leaning towards a concentration in history with accreditation in secondary education. Earlier this year the coach from Aquinas invited Kailey to come bowl with his lady Saints. That invitation earned her a spot to compete with the Saints this coming season. Being a collegiate bower is a dream come true for Kailey. She would like to one day compete in the USBC Queens Tournament and maybe even the ladies pro tour. The Aquinas offer allows Kailey to be close to her family and pursue her bowling dreams.
Kailey Pardue is this year’s “Star of Tomorrow”. She was born into a bowling family and they share a strong bond on and off the lanes.
Congratulations, from the Michigan Women’s Bowling Association Kailey and may you always reach for the stars.
This year’s Future Leader Scholarship winner is Carly Barber of Midland. Carly just finished her senior year at Midland High School. This multi-faceted young lady is the definition of a leader and a master of time management.
As a high school student Carly has been involved in many activities. She is the editor of the Midland High School yearbook, manager of the Midland High Varsity basketball team, and a bowler on the brand new Midland High varsity bowling team. She does all of this while holding down two part time jobs.
Also, Carly is currently the office manager of the Midland USBC Youth working closely with the board. She credits this experience with helping her learn about responsibility and organization. Some of her responsibilities included helping run the youth city tournament and handling the fundraising money for the organization.
As a bowler Carly has spent the majority of her career at Northern Lanes in Sanford. She is currently averaging 165 in the Northern Junior/Major/Senior League. She has a career high game of 277 and high series of 653 both of which were bowled in the Midland USBC Youth City Championships. Carly also spent a year in the prestigious Tri City Youth Classic. This youth travel league showcases the skills of youth bowlers from Midland, Bay City, and Saginaw in centers in each city. This year Midland High School added high school bowling to their varsity athletic options. Carly as a seasoned bowler was able to help some of the new athletes who had never bowled in an organized format . Her future bowling plans at present are to bowl in the Midland USBC Youth in leagues and get involved in the bowling club at Delta College.
Carly is interested in the health field and would like to pursue a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. Next year will see her attending Delta College with plans to transfer to Oakland University in two years.
A four year honor roll student in high school Carly is all about leadership and contributing to her community. An avid softball player she has received the I.C.E. award from her coach for more than 100% effort and leadership on the field and in the clubhouse. In giving back Carly coordinated the efforts of the softball team to raise money, volunteer, and walk in the MS Walks in Midland to honor their coaches who suffer from the disease. At school Carly is also involved in the Key Club and one of their activities is the clean-up after school football games. As yearbook editor she has received awards for being the top ad seller for four years and the yearbook advisor’s “Employee of the Month” honors six times in four years.
Carly also serves her Community: She works at the Shelter House Retail Shop once a month; she helps with the clerical duties as a volunteer for the Delta College Foundation. Carly has been a volunteer at the Chocolate Affair Fund Raiser for the Possible Dream Program for six years. At Christmas time you can find Carly working as an elf in the Santa House in Midland or as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army. Carly has helped with the planting of the flowers along the roads in Midland
Carly is a leader for today and for tomorrow. When her junior days of bowling are finished and the nursing degree is on the wall she wants to become a bowling leader in the adult association and work with the youth leaders. She believes working with the youth is the best way to give back.
Congratulations, Carly and much continued success from the Michigan State USBC
Women’s Bowling Association
Kailey Pardue, Carly Barber