ISHPEMING — Hematites basketball player Khora Swanson has been selected to receive a scholarship through the MHSAA–Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar–Athlete Award program. The $1,000 award is given to 32 individuals who represent their school in at least one sport.
Students who applied must be carrying at least a 3.5 GPA and have previously won a letter in a varsity sport in which the MHSAA sponsors a postseason tournament. Other requirements include showing active participation in other school and community activities, as well as writing an essay on the importance of sportsmanship in educational athletics.
Swanson was one of six student–athletes from Class C who received the award. In addition to basketball, the senior has played cross country and track and field. Back in 2015, she became the first girl in Hematites history to win an individual state championship in cross country. Swanson is also the student body vice president, youth advisory council president and key club secretary.
Here is a quote from her essay: “Choosing to exemplify outstanding sportsmanship will transfer to daily life as well as future life, when playing sports may not be routine anymore. Learning the importance of a great attitude at a young age just may be the key to keeping competition healthy at all ages.”