Farmington Hills Harrison athlete Olivia Perkins has been selected among 14 students from Class A schools to receive the Michigan High School Athletic Association(MHSAA)/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete Award.
Perkins will receive a $1,000 scholarship from Farm Bureau Insurance, in its 29th year of sponsoring the award. She plans to study biology on a pre-veterinary track at Case Western Reserve University.
Students applying for the award must carry 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. Applicants also had to show active participation in other school and community activities and produce an essay on the importance of sportsmanship in educational athletics.
Perkins played four seasons of varsity basketball and two of varsity volleyball, and one each of varsity soccer and tennis. She earned all-league and all-county honors in basketball and all-city in volleyball, while finishing as a league runner-up in track. She earned league scholar-athlete honors in multiple sports and captained her junior varsity volleyball team.
Participating in her second year of National Honor Society, Perkins earned an academic letter based on high grade-point average. She held a board position in student government and as a freshman played first chair bass in her school’s concert orchestra. Perkins’ activities also included Health Occupations Students of America, the Hawk Help peer tutoring program, and “Race for a Cure.” She created a girls’ basketball camp with proceeds going to team boosters and the Harrison athletic department.
“While winning is a marvelous feeling, I’ve grown the most thorough the multitude of losses that I’ve experienced over the years,” Perkins wrote in her essay. “Losing has allowed me to reflect on myself, and try to come out of a game with new and more developed insight of the team.”
Perkins will be honored at a halftime ceremony during the Class C Boys Basketball Final game held March 24 at the Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing. Commemorative medallions will be given to the finalists in recognition of their accomplishments.