Saline High School senior Emily Diehl is one of 120 finalists for the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s Scholar-Athlete Award. The program, celebrating its 26th anniversary, will honor 32 individuals from Michigan high school students – including six male students and six female students from Class A schools like Saline. Farm Bureau Insurance underwrites the Scholar-Athlete Awards and will present a $1,000 scholarship to each recipient. To honor the 32 Scholar-Athlete Award recipients, a ceremony will take place during halftime of the Class C Boys Basketball Final, March 28, at the Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing.
To be eligible for the award, students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 (on a 4.0 scale), and previously have won a varsity letter in at least one sport in which the MHSAA sponsors a postseason tournament. Students also were asked to respond to a series of short essay questions, submit two letters of recommendation and a 500-word essay on the importance of sportsmanship in educational athletics.
Here’s more about Saline scholar athlete Emily Diehl:
Parents: David & Amy Diehl
Sports: Cross Country and Track
Events: 4x800 and 3200 in Track, 5K in Cross Country
Athletic Awards/Honors: Cross Country Captain, Coach Mike Smith Scholarship Recipient, Cross Country Varsity Letter (Grades 10-12), Track Varsity Letter (Grades 10-11)
Academic Awards/Honors: National Merit Semifinalist, AP Scholar with Distinction, 4 Year "All A" Honor Roll
Extra-curricular activities: Key Club (President), Student Council (Vice President), and National Honors Society (Secretary). Volunteer at the Delonis Center Soup Kitchen, Food Gatherers, the Saline Evangelical Home, and St. Andrew's Church.
Favorite Subject: AP Psychology
Sports-Related Goals: I am currently training for my first marathon and would love to qualify for the Boston Marathon one day. I would like to continue running in college by joining a running club.
College plans: I am currently interviewing for Guaranteed Admission for Medical School (Direct Med) Programs. A few of my top choices are Brown University and Northwestern University.
Career plans: I plan to go into medicine and am considering specializing in neurology.
What’s the key to balancing course work, athletics and other activities?
Organization and prioritizing are certainly necessary, but I think what's most important is having great passion for whatever you're involved in.
How do you think sports has enriched your experience at Saline High School?
Running in high school has gifted me with over one hundred "sisters" who have supported me all through high school. In addition, I have learned invaluable lessons from our inspiring coaches which I will take with me for the rest of my life.