Sandusky senior Haley Nelson is one of three finalist for the I Am Sports award, presented by the Detroit Free Press. The newspaper recognizes and honors the top athletic accomplishments in Metro Detroit High School Sports. The award ceremony will be hosted by the Detroit Free Press and will take place May 18, at The Fillmore Detroit.
The show features various awards, contests and a special appearance from celebrity guest, Calvin Johnson. The red carpet will open at 6 p.m. and the awards show begins promptly at 7 p.m. The event is made possible through local and state sponsors.
In the letter of recommendation for the standout four-year member of the Lady Redskins basketball team, the submission read:
“The example Haley is setting in our school is second to none. Not only is she excelling in three varsity sports, but she is also a leader in every volunteer organization we have at Sandusky Jr/Sr High School. She has made it a personal goal to make a difference in this community. She is driven and has the best intentions when she dedicates herself to a volunteer organization.”
The recom-mendation went on to say, “Haley is one of two seniors in our new Key Club. She has made it a personal mission to raise over $25,000 to bring fitness equipment to our community walking trail. She wants to give back to the youth of this community and will stop at nothing to accomplish this. Because of her leadership in this drive, we will be breaking ground this spring for this project. (And this is just one of the projects Haley is working on–She is always volunteering at youth practices, reading to our elementary students, and speaking at their assemblies to help motivate them.)”
Haley Nelson is, by far, the highest achieving student I have ever worked with. The magnitude of her leadership, the quality of her work, and the dedication to her community is something I have never seen. She is a role model to all of the youth in our community. She is a role model to all children.”
The other finalists are Carlie Anna Scott of Airport High School and Shayne Miciek of Brighton High School.