MHSAA Athlete-Scholar: Westwood’s Jillian Koski wins top honor as Upper Peninsula’s only Class C winner | News, Sports, Jobs


Westwood second baseman Jillian Koski dives and catches a ball during a high school softball game against Negaunee played at National Mine on May 10. (Photo courtesy of Daryl T. Jarvinen)

EAST LANSING — A quadrisport

The Westwood High School athlete was recently named one of six statewide student-athletes attending Class C schools who were named scholarship recipients by the Michigan High School Athletic Association.

Senior Jillian Koski is currently playing her third season of college women’s basketball for the Patriots. She also played her fourth year of varsity women’s tennis last fall and plans to play her fourth year of varsity softball and second year of varsity women’s golf this spring. The number of years includes the canceled Spring 2020 season.

She was one of six recipients of the MHSAA-Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete Award for Class C schools, with a total of 32 recipients across all classes announced this month, according to a press release from the director of communications. of MHSAA, Geoff Kimmerly.

Choosing recipients proportionally based on student enrollment in schools, four were chosen from Class D, six from Class C, nine from Class B, and there are expected to be 11 from Class A. Two more winners can come from any classification. . Class A recipients will be announced on Tuesday.

Farm Bureau is in its 33rd year of sponsoring the award, which provides $2,000 college scholarships to recipients.

Westwood No. 1 singles player Jillian Koski serves in a high school girls’ tennis match against Marquette on the Patriots’ courts September 27. (Travis Nelson Diary Photo)

Selected individuals must have a 3.5 GPA based on a 4.0 scale and have previously won a letter in a varsity sport that MHSAA sponsors a postseason tournament.

Other requirements for applicants include active participation in other school and community activities and writing an essay on the importance of sportsmanship in educational athletics.

The 32 scholarship recipients will be recognized on Saturday, March 26 during the MHSAA Men’s Basketball Finals at the Breslin Student Events Center on the Michigan State University campus in East Lansing.

Not only has Koski competed in all four sports she is scheduled to play this school year, but she was a Westwood swimmer in her freshman year and was on the Pats track team as a rookie.

She has twice won an Upper Peninsula Individual Championship in women’s tennis in addition to being an UP finalist as a senior and made the UP final in swimming.

Jillian Koski, left, happily hugs her Westwood basketball teammate and older sister Madi Koski, right, as they walk to their bench after shaking hands with West Iron County following their victory in the MHSAA Division 3 Regional Semi-Final held in Escanaba on March 11th. 2019. (Photo courtesy of Daryl T. Jarvinen)

Koski helped the Westwood women’s tennis team win three UP tag team championships and the Patriots softball and basketball team win league titles.

She earned All-Conference honors in golf and All-UP in tennis while serving as a captain on the tennis, softball, and golf teams.

Koski achieved a 4.0 GPA throughout high school, served as class president for three years, a student council member all four years, and is student council president this year. She is also in her second year of participation in the National Honor Society.

She is in her third year with Business Professionals of America, having served as President of the Westwood Group and winning national awards with them.

Koski plans to attend Michigan State University and study business management.

Westwood’s Jillian Koski, right, guards Iron Mountain’s Faith Ball closely during the first half at Iron Mountain on Jan. 14, 2019. (Photo courtesy Harold Reichardt)

Here is a quote from his essay on the importance of sportsmanship in educational athletics:

“The ideals of sportsmanship prosper the sporting community…. Through my experience, I’ve learned that sportsmanship isn’t just about being considerate of the opposing team. Every team needs to be self-compassionate to be successful.

The other winners of the Class C Scholar-Athlete award are from the Lower Peninsula – Korah Honig of St. Louis, Ryann Locke of Springport, Ryan Doty of Clinton, Mert Oral of Ann Arbor Greenhills and Ty Ruddy of Ottawa Lake Whiteford.

Class D winners are also all from downstate – Megan Bennett of McBain Northern Michigan Christian, Mia Riley of Fowler, Ashton McNabb of Three Oaks River Valley and Eli Shoup of Mason County Eastern.

In Class B, one recipient is from UP, Michael A. Meneguzzo of Kingsford, a basketball, soccer, and tennis player as well as an athlete in track and field for the Flivvers.

Westwood’s Jillian Koski, front right, is among the players grabbing the ball during a women’s basketball game at Marquette on Feb. 6, 2020. Teammate Natalie Prophet, second from left partially hidden, tries to put away the loose ball during a skirmish with Marquette’s Sofia van den Ende, left, and partially hidden Aspen Michelin, right, in the second quarter of the match played at Barb Crill Gymnasium in Marquette. Also in the game are Tessa Leece of the Patriots, partially hidden right-back. (Photo courtesy of Daryl T. Jarvinen)

Other Class B recipients are Maggie Duba from Grand Rapids West Catholic, Whitney Farrell from Freeland, Claire Meacham from Montague, Rylee Tolson from Stockbridge, Derek Distelrath from St. Clair, Joseph Hayes from Shelby, Curtis Knapp from Jonesville and Jack Rellinger from Great Rapids. Central Catholic.

Information compiled by Journal Sports editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is [email protected]

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