Henry Ford II senior Nikki Sorgi is one of only 13 Michigan student athletes to be honored with a Scholar Athlete awards.
Sorgi, who has signed to play softball at Bowling Green State University next year, will receive a $1,000 scholarship for balancing high school athletics with academic success.
Sorgi was honored at halftime ceremonies of the Class C Boys Basketball Final game this past weekend at the Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing.
Students applying for the Scholar-Athlete Award must be carrying at least a 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) grade-point average and have previously won a letter in a varsity sport in which the Michigan High School Athletic Association sponsors a postseason tournament.
Other requirements for the applicants were to show active participation in other school and community activities and produce an essay on the importance of sportsmanship in educational athletics.
The biography for Sorgi’s award is posted below:
Played four seasons of varsity basketball and will play her fourth of varsity softball. Helped basketball team to a District title as a junior and her softball team to the MHSAA Division 1 Semifinals as a freshman. Has been part of four team school records in softball and earned all-state honors, and owns two school records in basketball while earning all-county recognition. Served as captain of both teams and was named one of two state winners of the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award. Serving fourth year on student council and participating in her fourth year of both National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society. Also has participated in DECA, including as president, and as part of her school’s Interact club. Selected every year as a mentor/recruiter to encourage middle and elementary school students to play high school sports. Organized a drive to collect donated blankets the last three years for C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. Will attend Bowling Green State University and major in pre-medical studies.
Essay Quote: “In softball, failure is a natural part of the game. Where else do you succeed only three out of 10 times and you are considered a success? Coping with this rate of failure not only builds mental toughness, but also an understanding that failure in sports is not something to fear: it presents an opportunity to learn and to grow.”