This week I’m excited to highlight some of the phenomenal young people we’re privileged to have walking the halls of Jenison High School: members of our National Honor Society and two MHSAA Scholar Athlete Award winners!
I’ll turn my attention first to our NHS students. I sometimes forget the rigorous requirements in place for students wishing to becoming a member of the National Honor Society. First, only students earning a 3.65 GPA or better are invited to apply for membership. Then, NHS advisors consider each application (hundreds, actually) blindly, narrowing down the field to an elite group possessing outstanding qualifications in the areas of academics, character, service, and leadership.
With annual projects ranging from Thanksgiving baskets to Toys for Tots to a winter blood drive, principal Brandon Graham couldn’t be more proud of this special group of kids.
“They’re characters who have character,” he joked in his office. “Honestly, these students are some of Jenison’s finest.”
We join him in saluting NHS!
We also want to salute the winners of Michigan’s highly coveted MHSAA Scholar-Athlete Award. In our entire state, just 32 of these awards are handed out and Jenison is lucky enough to have two recipients!
Josh Hoogendoorn is a senior at JHS with aspirations to go on to MSU for accounting.
In the meantime, however, Josh is an All-State powerlifter who dead lifted 385 pounds as a JV lifter.
Did I mention that he only weighed 132 pounds when he accomplished that?
Powerlifting competitions are made up of three lifts: the bench press, the squat, and the dead lift. Josh’s specialty is the latter.
And while he’s not ready to publicly share his goals for his next meet, he quietly shared that he was able to deadlift 460 pounds in the gym during practice.
When he’s not practicing in the weight room, you can find Josh leading the Wildcats as captain of the football team, playing varsity baseball, and working year-round to maintain the high academic standards that got him this recognition.
Alexis Stanton is also a senior athlete who divides her time between basketball, cross country, and track.
With dreams of becoming a pediatrician, she is currently weighing her college options between UCLA, Columbia, UNC, and U of M.
She notes, humbly, that she is in a bit of disbelief over her latest accolades. ”I’m not the best player on the team,” she says. “I’m a good team player—I’m balanced. I think they like to choose students who are involved both in and out of school.”
Alexis is a member of the National Honor Society and, like Josh, consistently strives for excellence in the classroom.
All of these students demonstrate leadership, integrity, and the pursuit of their personal best in all scholastic and extra-curricular arenas.
We are so proud of their effort and the way they represent Jenison Public Schools! Bravo!