Anna Grzelak and Colin VanderSchaaf Selected As First Bank Outstanding Scholar-Athletes for 2022-23

Anna Grzelak and Colin VanderSchaaf Selected As First Bank Outstanding Scholar-Athletes for 2022-23

MSHS seniors Anna Grzelak (cross country, alpine skiing) and Colin VanderSchaaf (cross country, swim & dive, track & field) have been named as the recipients of the First Bank Outstanding Scholar-Athletes for the 2022-23 academic year.

Thank you to First Bank for their continued support of MSHS and its student-athletes through this award.

Selection criteria for the First Bank Outstanding Scholar-Athlete Award are:

  1. Academic excellence based on cumulative GPA, academic honors received and class standing.
  2. Athletic performance and accolades with students having earned a minimum of four varsity letters. In addition, honorees must have earned varsity letters in at least two sports.
  3. Extracurricular involvement in MSHS clubs/organizations as well as a demonstrated commitment to community service.

Anna Grzelak has participated in the MSHS Girls Cross Country and Girls Alpine Skiing programs.  She holds a 4.31 cumulative GPA.

Grzelak’s Athletics Involvement and Achievements:

  • Girls Alpine Skiing:
    • 2023 MHSAA Division 1 State Champion – Giant Slalom (GS)
    • 2023 MHSAA Division 1 State Finals – 3rd Place Slalom
    • 2023 MHSAA Division 1 Regional Champion – Slalom
    • 2023 MHSAA Division 1 Regional Runner-Up – Giant Slalom
    • 2023 U.P. Girls Alpine Skier of the Year
    • 2023 All-State and All-U.P. Team Honoree
    • 2-Time Academic All-State Award Recipient from the Michigan High School Ski Coaches Association (MHSSCA)
    • Team member on the 2020 MHSAA State Championship Team and 2021 MHSAA State Runner-Up Team.
  • Post-Graduation Plans:  Attend the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor to pursue a nursing degree with the hopes of becoming a nurse anesthetist.

Colin VanderSchaaf has participated in the MSHS Cross Country, Swimming & Diving and Track & Field programs.  He owns a cumulative GPA of 4.28.

VanderSchaaf’s Athletics Involvement and Achievements:

  • Boys Cross Country:
    • Individual Champion – 2022 Great Northern Conference Meet
    • 3-Time All-State and Academic All-State (2022, 2021, 2020)
    • 2-Time All-U.P. “Dream Team” (2022, 2021)
    • 3-Time All-U.P. (2022, 2021, 2020)
    • Team member for four consecutive MHSAA U.P. Finals Championships (2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)
  • Boys Swim & Dive:
    • 8-Time MHSAA U.P. Swimming & Diving Champion
    • 2021-2022 U.P. Swimmer of the Year
    • Member of school, pool and U.P. record holding 200 Free Relay Team (2022; 1:29.93)
  • Boys Track & Field:
    • 2-Time All-State and Academic All-State (2022, 2021)
    • 3-Time MHSAA U.P. Champion (2 Individual, 1 Relay)
    • 6-Time MHSAA Regional Champion (3 Individual, 3 Relay)
    • 3-Time Great Northern Conference Champion
    • Team member for MHSAA U.P. Finals Championships in 2021 and 2022
  • Post-Graduation Plans:   Colin recently signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to attend and compete as part of the men’s cross country and men’s track & field programs at Grand Valley State University. He plans to major in Biology.