2013 JGA Scholarship Winners Named
Abby Radomsky and Taylor Bradshaw were key members of the Hackett Catholic Central girls golf team that finished Division 4 state runner-up last fall.And, now, the two make up one-half of the 2013 scholarship winners from the Junior Golf Association of Southwest Michigan.
Radomsky and Bradshaw are recipients of the John Block Scholarship. Lawton resident and Marcellus graduate Quinton Rice has been awarded the James Roschek Scholarship, while Portage Central’s Jessica Heimonen was named winner of the Heidi Krum Scholarship.
All four scholarships are worth $1,500 and for one year. The scholarships, sponsored by the JGA, are not based on golf success but on academics, extra-curricular involvement and volunteer work.
Radomsky ranked No. 1 in her graduating class at Hackett with a cumulative 4.0 grade-point average. In addition to her golf prowess, she letter in basketball and soccer for the Irish. She was one of eight students statewide to serve on the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s Advisory Council for the Class of
Radomsky volunteered as a tutor, worked at Bronson Hospital with the summer volunteer-teen program, and was involved with the Math Counts program at St. Monica School. She plans to continue her education at Notre Dame University and pursue a career in medicine.
Bradshaw, who will continue her studies at Loyola University in Chicago, is hoping to work in a career field in which she can help children. In addition to participating in JGA events, Bradshaw worked as a volunteer with the organizations and helped younger players improve their games.
“She is very committed to all her endeavors and has proven to be a dedicated and supportive teammate,” a release from the local JGA organization reads.
Rice won the Roschek award – named for the former director of golf in Kalamazoo, who was instrumental in the formation of the JGA – and ranked No. 1 in his
class at Marcellus with a 4.0 GPA. He earned nine varsity letters in four sports, including golf, basketball, cross country and golf.
Rice, who plans to study pharmacy at Ferris State University, was on the Principal’s Advisory Council, a member of the Students Against Destructive Decisions and National Honor Society, and was involved with Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Heimonen is a talented golfer, following in the footsteps of her mother and late father. She carried lessons learned in golf over to the classroom, where she compiled a 3.99 GPA at Portage Central. She will attend University of Michigan.
Heimonen was twice named a Division 2 all-state golfer as well as earning academic all-state. She was an officer of the French Club, and also served as sports editor and co-editor-in-chief for the school newspaper. Heimonen was a member of Student Ambassadors, a program that connects upper-class men with freshmen and focuses on such things as bullying and staying substance-free.
Complete list of JGA Scholarship winners: (John Block scholarships unless noted)
2013 – Abby Radomsky & Taylor Bradshaw, Quinton Rice (Jim Roschek), Jessica Heimonen (Heidi Krum)
2012 – Dylan Christopher Plachta, & Sydney Heasley, Luke Tindall (Jim Roschek), Celestine Schwartz (Heidi Krum)
2011 – Kelsey Wiers & Scott Manski, Laura Glass (Heidi Krum), Ryan Werme (Jim Roschek)
2010 – Virginia Greenberger & Alexandra McMullen, Laura Genise (Heidi Krum), Chris Ireland (Jim Roschek)
2009 – Nathan Werme & Marah Klose, Bethany Matecun (Heidi Krum), Justin Borr (Jim Roschek)
2008 – Kyle Hotte & Blake Mortellaro, Laura Eberhard (Heidi Krum), Kyle Schau (Jim Roschek)
2007 – Kyle Chambers, Jacob Caplan & Gretchen Gangwer
2006 – Todd Capron, Ryan Hayes, Lee Keselowski, Nick Morcum, Samuel Neff, Brian Ogrin & Ryan Zwier
2005 – David DiGiovanni & Jay Gilman
2004 – Patricia Monroe & Timothy Fries
2003 – Nathaniel Golomb, James Lettow, Jeremy Sikkema, Joseph Byrne, Lauren Eckert & Derek Rider
2002 – Amanda Wilson, Nick Muszynski & Bill Keselowski
2001 – Justin Spyker & Ryan Eckert
2000 – Kevin Kremer & Meghan Henning
1999 – Mike Katz & Matt Dudek
1998 – Matthew Johnson & Justin Voshel
1997 – Brian Rosenbaum & Sheri Hoover