Cora Anderson and Peter Closner Receive 2022-23 Kaufman Organizational Awards For Athletics

Cora Anderson and Peter Closner Receive 2022-23 Kaufman Organizational Awards For Athletics

On Wednesday evening (5/17/23), MSHS seniors Cora Anderson (volleyball, girls basketball, girls track & field) and Peter Closner (football, boys basketball) were honored with the MSHS Athletics Organizational Awards from the L.G. Kaufman Endowment School Fund.

Criteria for the award are based on demonstrated qualities in three areas: character, leadership and excellence.

Cora Anderson is the daughter of Brian Anderson and Mary Tobin-Anderson.

Cora is a three-sport student-athlete at MSHS and has been a four-year member of the volleyball, girls basketball and girls track & field programs. A co-captain on this year’s varsity volleyball team, Cora has displayed a tireless work ethic and consistent dedication across each athletics season that has her as a respected leader among her peers.

Among Cora’s many accolades are being named to the All-Great Northern Conference Second Team in volleyball as well as receiving All-Great Northern Conference Honorable Mention honors in girls basketball. She is also hoping to repeat as the individual champion in the shot put at this year’s Great Northern Conference track & field meet.

Cora’s commitment to excellence extends into the classroom as well and was rewarded with the Academic All-State Award from the Michigan Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association (MIVCA) this fall.

Cora will be attending St. Norbert College to major in nursing and minor in Spanish while also competing on the Green Knights’ Women’s Basketball Team.

Peter Closner is the son of Pete and Lisa Closner.

A two-sport student-athlete at MSHS having participated in the football and boys basketball programs, Peter guides his peers through a stoic, lead-by-example nature that has led both him and his teams to athletic and academic success.

During the 2022 football season, Peter accumulated defensive stats of 105 tackles, 9 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries and 3 blocked punts. This adds to his offensive numbers of 27 catches for 340 yards and 8 touchdowns as a wide receiver.

These statistics and Peter’s performance garnered a list of postseason awards including All-State First Team, U.P. Defensive Player of the Year, All-U.P. “Dream Team”, Great Northern Conference Defensive Player of the Year and All-Great Northern Conference.

In February of this year, Peter signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Michigan Tech University, where he will participate as a member of the Huskies football program. He plans to major in civil engineering.