INDIANAPOLIS, IN (December 15, 2017) — The winners of the 2017 NIAAA Student/Essay Scholarship were announced at the December 9, 2017, Opening General Session of the National Athletic Directors Conference. The conference, conducted from December 8 through 12 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona, was a joint production of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association and the National Federation of State High School Associations. 2017 marked the 11th year for the NIAAA Student Scholarship/Essay presentations. Students from 50 state athletic administrator associations, plus the District of Columbia, were able to submit a nomination form and essay. The male and female state winners were then screened within one of eight Sections in which the state athletic administrator associations reside, which then created eight male and eight female Section winners. The NIAAA Board of Directors evaluated the finalist’s scholastic record, athletic participation accomplishments, citizenship and leadership credentials on its way to selecting one male and one female national recipient. Both recipients were on hand in Phoenix to receive their national scholarship of $2500, a personal trophy, a plaque for their high school and to read their winning essay entitled: How High School Athletics Have Impacted My Life. The total scholarship earned by the two national recipients was $4000. Following are the two 2017 recipients:
Hope Vera Baldwin – Hackett Catholic Prep High School, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Hope’s parents are mother, Suzann Hartzell Baldwin, and the late Roger Baldwin. Hope graduated from Hackett Catholic Prep High School, Kalamazoo, Michigan, with a grade point average of 4.00. She is attending the University of Notre Dame studying Neuroscience. The Athletic Director at Hackett Catholic Prep High School is Mike Garvey, CMAA. Hope earned nine varsity letters in her high school career, playing the sports of volleyball, basketball and soccer. She served as captain of the volleyball and basketball teams during her senior season. Hope was very active in her school as Vice-president of her senior class and the National Honor Society. She also was involved in the student leadership team and student athletic advisory board. In the community, Hope was a volunteer working with Migrant Ministry, Kalamazoo Valley Children’s Museum and she worked as a volunteer for the United States Tennis Association Nationals at the Zoo. She participated in Caring Network and the American Cancer Discovery Shop.
Ethan Shuster – Shelton High School, Shelton, Connecticut
Ethan is the son of Barb and Keith Shuster. He graduated with a grade point average of 96.8% weighted on a scale of 100%. Ethan is attending University of Connecticut, studying pre-med, and plans to be an anesthesiologist. The athletic director at Shelton High School is John Niski. Ethan earned eight varsity letters participating in soccer and indoor and outdoor track and field, while serving as captain of his track teams. He was honored as a Wendy’s Heisman State Finalist. Ethan was a member of National Honor Society and volunteered in the Annual blood drive, while participating in Junior State of America that helped prepare him for government issues within his community and state. Ethan’s community activities included volunteering at Norwalk Hospital, where he served over 275 hours in the areas of operating room orderly, post anesthesia care unit, ambulatory care and transporting patients in and out of surgery and the pathology department.