Save the date for Homecoming!

MPA Homecoming is MPA2015-98Saturday, September 24, 2016. Come back to campus for activities and athletics throughout the day. There will also be all alumni gatherings and milestone reunions for the classes of 2006, 2007, 1996, 1997, 1986, and 1987 celebrated over Homecoming weekend on September 23 and 24, 2016. More information to follow.

MPA Boys Win State Championship

A huge congratulations to Boys Golf Team Picture From Statethe MPA Boys' Golf Team for capturing a third State Team Championship today at Pebble Creek! The team of Dylan Merchant, Nick Sauer, Matt Berning, Jackson Peacock, Joe Mecklenburg, and Brock Bliese defeated Mahnomen/Waubun to successfully defend the championship they won last year (and in 2006). Dylan finished second and Matt finished sixth to earn individual medals. Kudos to their coach, Sean Barrett, as well. We're so proud of all of these Panthers!

Off to State in two spring sports!

The Boys Golf Rachel LindrudTeam won the Section 4A Championship, qualifying for State. Senior Dylan Merchant was the medalist with sophomore Brock Bliese finishing second. Other members of the team are Nick Sauer, Matt Berning, Jackson Peacock, and Joey Mecklenburg. In addition, sophomore Rachel Lindrud qualified an individual for the second year in row! Golfers will compete at the State Tournament on Tuesday, June 14 and Wednesday, June 15 at Pebble Creek Golf Course in Becker.

In Track & Field, congratulations to sophomore Declan Dahlberg, who was named the Section 4A Champion in the 1600m and 3200m. He will compete at State in both events this weekend. His 3200m time of 9:57.46 is his fastest ever and the second fastest in MPA history. The boys 4x100m team of Dima Aunan, Will Olson, Tom Loving, and Cole Montour placed fourth in a school record time of 44.82. Senior Cole Montour had his best ever long jump, jumping 20’6.5, the second best jump in MPA history.

MPA alumnus awarded prestigious Big Ten Medal of Honor

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4/12/16                2016 Student-Athlete                           Recognition  CelebrationThe University of Michigan Athletic Department presented the Big Ten Medal of Honor to its 2015-16 recipients at its annual Student-Athlete Recognition Celebration on Tuesday evening (April 12), with seniors Mason Ferlic (St. Paul, Minn./Mounds Park Academy) and Shannon Scavelli (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Lakeland Shrub Oak) receiving the honor based on their proficiency in scholarship and athletics.

The conference's most exclusive award was the first of its kind in intercollegiate athletics to recognize academic and athletic excellence. The Big Ten Medal of Honor was first awarded in 1915 to one student-athlete from the graduating class of each university who had "attained the greatest proficiency in athletics and scholastic work." Big Ten schools currently feature almost 9,500 student-athletes but only 28 earn this prestigious award on an annual basis. In more than 100 years of the Medal of Honor, almost 1,400 student-athletes have earned this distinction.

Men's track and field member Ferlic is the male recipient of the prestigious award. He is the 20th men's track and field athlete at Michigan to receive the honor with the last being Jack Greenlee in 2013.

Ferlic, an aerospace engineering master's student, was a USTFCCCA Academic All-American in 2014 and a Capital One Academic All-America second team (2015) and third team (2014) honoree. In 2015, he was named a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. He has earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors during the cross country (2014-15) and track and field seasons (2013-14-15) and has accumulated six total Academic All-Big Ten accolades.

On the track, Ferlic is a four-time USTFCCCA All-American, including first team honors in 2016 as a member of Michigan's first All-America distance medley relay (DMR) team in nearly a decade (2007). Earlier this year, Ferlic ran the anchor leg of the DMR group that broke U-M's 12-year-old program record long held by the 2004 national champion relay team. He owns a pair of Big Ten titles in the indoor 5,000-meter run (2015-16) and another in the outdoor 3,000-meter steeplechase (2015), to go with six Big Ten Athlete of the Week awards, one national Athlete of the Week accolade, three All-Great Lakes Region honors (2013-14-15) and three All-Big Ten recognitions (first team; 2014-15, second team; 2013). Last fall, he helped the team to its most successful season in nearly 20 years by leading the Wolverines to their first Big Ten Title since 1998 and the program's first Big Ten Regional title sweep since 1997, led by his individual title at the Great Lakes Regional.

The female recipient of the award is Scavelli from field hockey. She is the first field hockey player to earn the award and joins her head coach Marcia Pankratz (Iowa, 1986) on the prestigious list. A team captain and four-year starter for the Wolverines, Scavelli is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten and NFHCA Academic Squad honoree and two two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. Scavelli will graduate with a bachelor's degree in psychology this month and has earned a postgraduate scholarship.

On the field, Scavelli ranked among U-M's leading scorers this season with a career-best nine goals, three assists and 22 assists. She boasted three game-winners, including the lone goal against No. 9 Stanford, as well as the late game-tying tally at No. 16 Northwestern. She was named to the NHFCA All-West Region first team, adding to her 2014 second team nod, and All-Big Ten first team. She played in 84 games over her four-year career, starting 71 on the forward line, and compiled 24 career goals, 10 assists and 58 points.

The Big Ten Medal of Honor was the first award in intercollegiate athletics to demonstrate support for the educational emphasis placed on athletics. It was acclaimed throughout the nation, and in particular by the NCAA "as one of the significant gestures yet made in college sports." The Big Ten Medal of Honor was expanded in 1982 to include one female student-athlete from each institution.

Congrats Nordic Skiers

nordicCongratulations to sophomore Declan Dahlberg and freshman Matt Bourne for qualifying for the State Nordic Ski Meet. Declan finished 7th and Matt finished 14th at the Section 4A meet held on Thursday, February 4 at Hyland Hills. They will compete at State on Thursday, February 11 at Giant’s Ridge.

Go Panthers!

Lansing Sports Center open Saturday mornings January and February

The Lansing Sports Center will be open Saturday mornings to MPA families and their friends from 9:00 am - 12:00 p.m. from January 9 through February 27.

You are welcome to come and use the track, sports center, and fitness center. Remember to bring your friends!

Lansing Sports Center open gym dates for 2016:

January 9, 16, 23, and 30
February 6, 13, 20, and 27

Cross Country State Championship

CC Lukas and Declan.jpgDeclan and Lukas ran their best race of the year in the state cross country meet!

Success in the state cross country meet requires precision and self control. The leaders start fast, tempting many runners to do foolish things. Declan and Lukas ran to perfection, earning personal best times and all state honors.

Declan hit the first mile in 5:03 in 17th place, while Lukas was a few seconds behind in 5:07 in 27th place. That was fast enough to have room to run without getting jostled, but slow enough to have enough left to work the middle of the race.

Both boys slowed the second mile, with Declan running 5:32, but moving up to 16th place, and Lukas running 5:33, moving up to 25th place. The last mile got faster, with Declan running 5:29 and Lukas running 5:25.

Declan finished in 16:45, good enough for a personal best and 19th place. Lukas finished in 16:47, good for a personal best by 32 seconds, and 22nd place. Both boys earned all state honors for finishing in the top 25.

With those results, Declan moves up to our 4th best all time, and Lukas moves up to our 5th best all time.

Complete results for the boys class A race are at MTEC.

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Student Achievements

Boys Golf State Champions Boys Golf
MPA Boys Win State Championship!
Dylan Merchat placed second and Matt Berning placed sixth to earn individual medals as well.

Girls Golf State Qualifier
Rachel Lindrud qualifies for state as an individual!

Track & Field Individual Champion
Declan Dahlberg named IMAC Conference Champion and Section 4A Section Champion!

State Nordic Ski Results
Nordic 2016
Declan Dahlberg and Matt Bourne placed at State!

Cross Country Results
Cross Country 2015
Declan Dahlberg and Lukas Lindgren ran to perfection.

State Nordic Ski Results

Nick Gardner, 2nd Place (All-State)
Kethan Dahlberg, 26th Place

Ellie Hands, 38th Place

Girls Nordic Tri-Metro Conference Team Champions

Senior Eric Guiang Named to All-State Soccer Team

Junior Megan Wright finished in 4th place in Tri-Metro Conference Golf Championships.

Senior Mason McElvain Finishes in 3rd place at the Section 4A Tennis Singles Championships.

The MPA boys' 4 X 800 meter relay team finished in 7th place at the MSHSL State Track Meet!

Four Nordic Skiiers Qualify for State

Eight Nordic Skiiers Honored with All-Conference and Honorable Mention Honors

7th Grade Boys Soccer Team Wins League Championship

Evan Ferlic ('15) Qualifies for State Cross Country Meet

Nate Burnstein Qualifies for State Track Meet

Megan Wright Qualifies for State Golf Tournament

Kim Bourne Pioneer Press Athlete of the Week

Senior Amber Washington makes history with sixth State Tennis title