Elianna Shwayder, the all-state cross country runner and National Merit Scholarship semifinalist, is one of 120 Michigan students up for the Michigan High School Athletic Association's Scholar-Athlete Award for the 2013-14 school year.
The program, celebrating its 25th anniversary, has recognized student-athletes since the 1989-90 school year and will honor 32 individuals from MHSAA member schools who participate in at least one sport in which the Association sponsors a postseason tournament. Farm Bureau Insurance underwrites the Scholar-Athlete Awards and will present a $1,000 scholarship to each recipient. Since the beginning of the program, 608 scholarships have been awarded.
Shwayder has verbally committed to continue her distance running at Harvard University.
Shwayder, daughter of Katherine Glassner-Shwayder and Walter Shwayder, told The Saline Post earlier this year that she planned to fulfill pre-med requirements while majoring in the humanities. She aspires to be a physician, specializing in pediatrics, and she is also interested in teaching in the medical field.
Shwayder captained the girls cross country teams to SEC Red and regional championships. She was also individual SEC Red and regional champ. She placed fourth on the state finals race and was all-state in her junior and senior year. Shwayder is also one of the top track and field distance runners in the state. She placed third in the 3,200-meter race at the MHSAA D1 state meet. She was also regional champ in the 1,600-meter race and SEC champ in the 3,200-meter race.