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River Valley’s Ashton McNabb (left) lofts a shot over New Buffalo defender Anthony Lijewski on Feb. 4.

THREE OAKS — The Michigan High School Athletic Association has announced that 10 student-athletes from Class C and D member schools will receive scholarships through the MHSAA/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete Award program.

Among the recipients is River Valley High School senior Ashton McNabb.

Farm Bureau Insurance, in its 33rd year of sponsoring the award, will give $2,000 scholarships to 32 students who play at least one sport in which MHSAA sponsors a postseason tournament.

The first 30 scholarships are awarded proportionately by school classification, and the number of student-athletes involved in those classes. The last two are at-large honorees who can come from any classification.

Students applying for the award must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher, and have won a letter in a varsity sport. They also have to show active participation in other school and community activities, and write an essay on the importance of sportsmanship in educational athletics.

The 32 scholarship recipients will be recognized March 26 during the MHSAA boys basketball finals at the Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing.

McNabb is playing in his third season of varsity basketball, and will play his fourth season of varsity baseball in the spring. He also has run three seasons of varsity cross country. He has helped the basketball and baseball teams win league championships, and the baseball team win multiple District titles.

He has earned all-league and academic all-state honors in baseball, and served as team captain of the baseball and basketball teams.

He carries a 4.4 GPA, and will be named valedictorian. He is participating in his fourth year of National Honor Society, and was the first freshman inducted in school history.

He has served on the MHSAA Student Advisory Council, been class vice president, contributed to the school’s Peer 2 Peer program, volunteered at Urban Hope, and participated in church youth group.

He is undecided where he will attend college, but he plans to study engineering.

Other Class C finalists for the award included Dylan David Reisig of Bridgman High School and Gillian Kuehnle of Hartford High School.

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