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Tyler Fuelling

Walled Lake Northern High School
Roger and Elaine Zatkoff Scholarship
2017/2018
Tyler is one of the 2017 recipients of the Elaine & Roger Zatkoff Scholarship. He is a graduate of Walled Lake Northern High School and plans to enroll in the College of LS&A. Tyler has taken multiple AP classes and received various awards including being a 2016 AP Scholar with Honor, Kensington Lakes Activities Association Scholar Athlete, and he qualified for the National Merit Scholarship Program. He served as a caption for the Varsity Golf Team and Varsity Tennis Team along with serving a Head of Membership Committee for the Walled Lake Northern Business Club. Tyler also volunteered with High School Youth Group at Grace Community Church, “Outrun Hunger” 5K Race, and tutored in math.

Maria LoCicero

Greenhills School
Roger and Elaine Zatkoff Scholarship
2017/2018
Maria LoCicero is one of the winners of the Elaine & Roger Zatkoff Scholarship. She graduated from Greenhills School and plans to enroll in the College of LS&A. She has completed multiple AP and Honors courses including US History, English Language, and Latin. She earned a silver medal in the National Latin Exam, a gold medal in the National French Exam, and the Greenhills Scholar Award. Maria served as team captain of the Forensics team her senior year, Vice President of the Senior Class, and a member of the Varsity Softball Team. She was also an active member of her community by singing for elderly residents at Glazier Hills, tutoring 4th graders in Detroit, and volunteering with Bligh Busters in Detroit.

Kelsey Postler

Canton High School
Roger and Elaine Zatkoff Scholarship
2017/2018
Kelsey Postler, one the winners of the Elaine & Roger Zatkoff Scholarship graduated from Canton High School with a 4.124 GPA and she plans to enroll in the College of LS&A. She has completed many AP and Honors cours-es including Psychology, US History, Biology, and Macroeconomics. She earned many Honors & Awards such as AP Scholar with Distinction, NCAA Scholar Athlete, and Honor Roll. Kelsey served as a HOSA class representative, a member of both Varsity Cross Country and Varsity Track and Field, and a coordinator of American Red Cross Blood Drive. She has also volunteered at Habitat for Humanity Mission Trip to Marquette Michigan, Bentley Elementary Tutoring, and St. Pat’s Soup Kitchens.

Jessica Zhang

Huron High School
Roger and Elaine Zatkoff Scholarship
2017/2018
Jessica is planning to enroll in the College of LS&A and is one of the recipients of the Elaine & Roger Zatkoff Scholarship. She has taken various AP classes and received numerous awards. Jessica was a lab assistant at U-M Neurodevelopment & Regeneration Lab, Secretary of GIDAS Club, and a leader of Huron Symphony Band. Jessica balances her academics with many hours of extra-curricular activities & community related events including volunteering at Ann-Hua Chinese School, Glacier Hills Senior Living Community, and YVC Expanding Horizons Summer Program. She is described as an extremely mature, bright and gifted student with great potential a strong work ethic.

Marissa Martinelli

Grosse Ile High School
Roger and Elaine Zatkoff Scholarship
2016/2017

Marissa is one of the 2016 recipients of the Elaine & Roger Zatkoff Scholarship.  She is a graduate of Grosse Ile High School and plans to enroll in the School of Engineering.  Marissa has taken multiple AP classes and received various awards including the Madame Curie Award which is given to an outstanding junior female who show exemplary ability in mathematics and science classes.  She has been active in Varsity Competitive Cheer, Varsity Sideline Cheer, the Marching Band, and Varsity Track & Field. Marissa has a huge heart and volunteers at SharEd, a non-profit organization that provides education for children in Afghanistan and she was Co-Chair Run for the Unborn in the Sacred Heart Youth Group, a fundraiser for a crisis pregnancy center. Marissa also went on a mission trip to Ecuador with the Archdiocese of Detroit and helped in villages while communicating with Ecuadorians in Spanish.

Andrew Reed

Roeper School
Roger and Elaine Zatkoff Scholarship
2016/2017

Andrew is planning to enroll in the College of LS&A and is a recipient of the Elaine & Roger Zatkoff Scholarship.  He has taken various AP classes and received numerous awards both academically and athletically. Andrew was a four-year starter and co-captain of the Varsity Boys Soccer Team where he led his team to a state championship in 2014. Andrew balances his academics with many hours of extra-curricular activities & community related events including volunteering at NoBLE anti-bullying clinic, volunteering as a tutor for middle school student struggling in Math, and participating in a service trip to build houses in New Orleans. Andrew is described a role model among his peers with his humble, kind, and helpful personality.

Neil Shah

Troy High School
Roger and Elaine Zatkoff Scholarship
2016/2017

Neil Shah, one the winners of the Elaine & Roger Zatkoff Scholarship graduated from Troy High School with a 4.2733 GPA and he plans to enroll in the College of LS&A.  He has completed many AP and Honors courses including Calculus BC, Chemistry, Biology, and Macroeconomics. He earned many Honors & Awards such as USA Biology Olympiad Semifinalist and 1st place in the HOSA Biotechnology Event at State Completion. Neil makes academics his priority and focus but has contributed to several clubs with leadership roles like Co-President of Clubmed, President of Chess Club, and Treasurer of Chemistry Club. He has also volunteered at Friends of the Troy Public Library and St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital.

Eliza Laramee

Berkley High School
Roger and Elaine Zatkoff Scholarship
2015/2016

Eliza Laramee is a Berkley High School graduate and has enrolled in the College of LS&A.  She is the recipient of one of the Elaine & Roger Zatkoff Scholarships.  Eliza has been a Captain on BHS Soccer, Basketball & Volleyball for 4 years and has been a member of the National Honor Society, Student Leadership and SADD.  She volunteers with Summer in the City and BHS Volleyball Camp & BHS Blood Drive.  Eliza has taken a varied, extremely accelerated series of courses and has received multiple Academic & Athletic Honors & Awards.

Tazia Sultana Miah

Hamtramck High School
Roger and Elaine Zatkoff Scholarship
2015/2016

Tazia Miah has been selected as an Elaine & Roger Zatkoff Scholarship winner and plans to register in the College of LS&A.  At Hamtramck High she has been involved in Student Government, Symphonic & Marching Bands, the Science Olympiad and Varsity Tennis.  She has also been a volunteer with Wayne Metro Community Action Agency, United Way & GM Summer Internship as well as tutoring and mentoring with student council.  Tazia has been nominated & received numerous awards and plans to pursue a Degree in Biomedical or Neuroscience.  She is a formidable woman in a tiny vessel and her hard work & dedication will take her far in life.

William Schwartz

Wylie E Groves High School
Roger and Elaine Zatkoff Scholarship
2015/2016

William Schwartz is one of the 2015 recipients of the Elaine and Roger Zatkoff Scholarship.  He is a graduate of Wylie E Groves High School.  He is going to attend the University of Michigan’s College of LS&A.  Will served as National Honors Society President, Soccer Team Captain and was a Varsity Swimmer.  He was a volunteer with the Franklin Labor Day Roundup & Franklin Baseball League Umpire.  He has scored very well in various AP Classes and received the AP Scholar with distinction award in 2014.  Will is well respected by his peers as well as his teachers and has a great aptitude & eagerness to learn.

Arin Amin

Walled Lake Central
Roger and Elaine Zatkoff Scholarship
2014/2015

Arin finished first in his class of an enrollment of 474 and enrolled in the College of LS & A.  Arin is a National Merit Semifinalist.  He is a member of the National Honor Society, a member of the Varsity Tennis and Ski team, President of the Spanish Club and Co-Captain of the school’s Quiz Bowl team.  He has earned the KLAA Gold Award for Chemistry and the KLAA Silver Award for Physics.  Arin volunteers for the local hospital, worked the school’s Red Cross Blood Drive and tutors students in the after school program. 

Jason Bittker

Wylie E Groves High School
Roger and Elaine Zatkoff Scholarship
2014/2015

Jason completed high school with a 4.0 unweighted GPA and is enrolled in the College of LS&A. He was active in Groves Student Congress serving as sophomore class co-President, junior class Treasurer, and senior student body co-President. He is a member of National Honors Society. Jason played three years of varsity hockey and two years of varsity baseball. He earned numerous athletic awards including academic all-state honors during his senior hockey and baseball season. Jason received the Tom Carson award, presented at graduation to one male and female student for best personifying the qualities and behavior taught by the late Mr. Carson.  He is described by his teachers as a problem solver who enjoys a challenge. Jason is an active volunteer for the Matthew Bittker Foundation, established in memory of his brother. The Foundation has raised over $400,000 for pediatric cancer research. He was a four year participant in the LINKS program where he helped students with special needs. Jason is excited to get involved at the University of Michigan.

Christopher J. Bonkowski

Brother Rice High School
Roger and Elaine Zatkoff Scholarship
2013/2014
Christopher Bonkowski graduated from Brother Rice High School andone of this year's recipients of the Elaine & Roger Zatkoff Scholarship. He participated in Robotics, Track & Field, Cross Country, Quiz Bowl, Soccer and Model United Nations. He was a member of the National Honor Society, a National Merit Semifinalist, recipient of the American Association of Physics Teachers 2009 Outstanding Student of the Year award and numerous other awards and accolades. He also took and excelled in several Advanced Placement courses while at Brother Rice High School.

Abigail H. Collingwood

Salem High School
Roger and Elaine Zatkoff Scholarship
2013/2014
Abigail Collingwood is a 2013 recipient of the Elaine and Roger Zatkoff Scholarship.  She was outstanding student at Salem High School in Canton, MI and graduated number one in her class.  She is a member of the National Honor Society, active in her school and community.  She was a member of the tennis team for 4 years and was captain her senior year.  She was also a 4-year member of the school’s swim team.  During the summers, she has coached younger children with the local swim club.  She has been very active in the Girl Scouts and has received their highest award, the Girl Scout Gold Award, for design and creation of a self-sustainable rooftop ecosystem for a corporate building.  She hopes to attend law school after her graduation from the University of Michigan.

Angela Huang

Novi High School
Roger and Elaine Zatkoff Scholarship
2013/2014
Angela E. Huang one of this year’s recipients of the Elaine and Roger Zatkoff Scholarship. Ms. Huang is an outstanding student who has participated and excelled in all dimensions of Novi High School life.

She has maintained close to a 4.0 grade point average, is a member of the National Honor Society, and appears to have a permanent spot on the Novi High School Honor Roll. Ms. Huang also found time to play varsity tennis, participate in the Novi Youth Council, tutor other students in the Chinese and English languages, volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and serve on the Yearbook Staff, to mention just a few of her many extracurricular activities. She excelled as the President of DECA (formally known as ”Distributive Education Clubs of America”), a prestigious national student organization. Under her leadership the Novi club won the DECA statewide competition and finished in the Top 10 of DECA’s 2011 International Competition.

All of this, and she also maintains a part time job at a local restaurant. Ms. Huang is truly an outstanding freshman applicant and we are honored to award her this great scholarship on behalf of Elaine and Roger Zatkoff and the University Of Michigan Club Of Greater Detroit.

Alexandria Miller

Dakota High School
Roger and Elaine Zatkoff Scholarship
2013/2014
Alexandria Miller one of this year's recipients of the Elaine & Roger Zatkoff Scholarship. She graduated from Dakota High School where she compiled an outstanding academic record. She participated in the National Honor Society, Student Government, Varsity Dance Team, Cultural Diversity & International Club, math tutoring and several Advanced Placement courses. She also volunteered at the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Macomb Road Clean-Up and served as a tutor for Elementary School students. She will be taking pre-medicine courses at the University of Michigan.

Jacob Rainey

Whitmore Lake High School
Roger and Elaine Zatkoff Scholarship
2013/2014
Jacob C. Rainey one of the 2013/2014 recipients of the Roger & Elaine Zatkoff Scholarship. He is a graduate of Whitmore Lake High School, where he participated as a tutor for the Homework Club, a Student Council Representative and Indoor Track. He was a member and Secretary of the high school's National Honor Society. Jacob was homeschooled up until the 11th. grade. During that time he was a Children's Church worker and Youth Department pianist.

Peter A. Romero

Harrison High School
Roger and Elaine Zatkoff Scholarship
2013/2014
Peter Romero is a 2013 recipient of the Elaine and Roger Zatkoff Scholarship.  He graduated from Farmington Harrison High School with a perfect grade point average.  He is a National Merit Finalist and received many academic awards while in high school.  He was a member of the high school band as a trombone player and served as a field commander.  He was also a 4-year member of the swim team and served as it’s captain his senior year.  Peter has been very active in the Boy Scouts of America and is an Eagle Scout.  During high school, he has worked as a lifeguard.  He is going to study Engineering while at the University of Michigan.

Kayla Wizinsky

Utica High School
Roger and Elaine Zatkoff Scholarship
2013/2014
Kayla Wizinsky is one of this year’s recipients of the Elaine and Roger Zatkoff Scholarship. Kayla attended Utica High School. She also took classes at the Utica Center for Math, Science and Technology. She was a participant in the FIRST Robotics ThunderChickens team. She also participated in Varsity Cross Country, Marching Band, Rocket Club, National Honor Society, Girl Scouts, AYSO Soccer and volunteer time at the Detroit Medical Center. She took numerous Advanced Placement courses and earned several honors and awards during her high school career.

Christopher J. Bonkowski

Brother Rice High School
Roger and Elaine Zatkoff Scholarship
2012/2013
Christopher Bonkowski graduated from Brother Rice High School and is the other recipient of the President’s Scholarship. He participated in Robotics, Track & Field, Cross Country, Quiz Bowl, Soccer and Model United Nations. He was a member of the National Honor Society, a National Merit Semifinalist, recipient of the American Association of Physics Teachers 2009 Outstanding Student of the Year award and numerous other awards and accolades. He also took and excelled in several Advanced Placement courses while at Brother Rice High School.

Brian Daniels

Walled Lake Northern High School
Roger and Elaine Zatkoff Scholarship
2012/2013
Brian Daniels is one of two recipients of the President’s Scholarship. Brian attended Walled Lake Northern High School. He participated in Varsity Swimming, Student Council, Band Solo and Ensemble, and many other extra-curricular activities. He compiled an impressive academic record as well, taking and succeeding in several advanced placement classes. His is also very involved in his church and volunteers for his time for other community related activities.

Kevin Daniels

Walled Lake Northern High School
Roger and Elaine Zatkoff Scholarship
2012/2013
Kevin Daniels graduated from Walled Lake Northern High School. He participated in Student Council, Marching Band, Soccer, and Track and Field. He was also a member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society. He took and excelled in multiple Advanced Placement courses while at Walled Lake Northern, earning A's in each one. He is also very involved with his church's youth group, and does a mission trip each year with that group.

Angela Huang

Novi High School
Roger and Elaine Zatkoff Scholarship
2012/2013
Angela E. Huang is this year’s recipient of the Elaine and Roger Zatkoff Scholarship. Ms. Huang is an outstanding student who has participated and excelled in all dimensions of Novi High School life.

She has maintained close to a 4.0 grade point average, is a member of the National Honor Society, and appears to have a permanent spot on the Novi High School Honor Roll. Ms. Huang also found time to play varsity tennis, participate in the Novi Youth Council, tutor other students in the Chinese and English languages, volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and serve on the Yearbook Staff, to mention just a few of her many extracurricular activities. She excelled as the President of DECA (formally known as ”Distributive Education Clubs of America”), a prestigious national student organization. Under her leadership the Novi club won the DECA statewide competition and finished in the Top 10 of DECA’s 2011 International Competition.

All of this, and she also maintains a part time job at a local restaurant. Ms. Huang is truly an outstanding freshman applicant and we are honored to award her this great scholarship on behalf of Elaine and Roger Zatkoff and the University Of Michigan Club Of Greater Detroit.

Emily Southern

Canton High School
Roger and Elaine Zatkoff Scholarship
2012/2013
Emily Southern graduated from Canton High School. She ran varsity cross country all four years of high school and was a captain of the team during her Senior year. She was a member of National Honor Society during her Junior and Senior year, and took Advanced Placement classes while maintaining straight As. Emily was awarded the Science Honor Key for her class. She was recognized by Phi Beta Kappa for academic achievement, was on the Principal's Honor Roll, and received the President's Education Award.

Kayla R. Wizinsky

Utica High School
Roger and Elaine Zatkoff Scholarship
2012/2013
Kayla Wizinsky is this year’s recipient of one of two Elaine and Roger Zatkoff Scholarships. Kayla attended Utica High School. She also took classes at the Utica Center for Math, Science and Technology. She was a participant in the FIRST Robotics ThunderChickens team. She also participated in Varsity Cross Country, Marching Band, Rocket Club, National Honor Society, Girl Scouts, AYSO Soccer and volunteer time at the Detroit Medical Center. She took numerous Advanced Placement courses and earned several honors and awards during her high school career.

Mackenzie Biggert

DeLa Salle Collegiate High School
Roger and Elaine Zatkoff Scholarship
2011/2012
Mackenzie Biggert is the recipient of one of two scholarships in honor of Roger and Elaine Zatkoff. He is a graduate of DeLa Salle Collegiate High School in Harrison Township. In high school, Mackenzie excelled in the classroom and in sport. He was an AP Scholar, President’s List, National Merit Commended Student and winner of several science and language awards. Also, of note, Mackenzie was captain of his Varsity Swimming Team, participated in Boy Scouts of America, and several school business and language clubs. He also displays a demonstrated work record during his high school years while also volunteering in the community.

Christopher J. Bonkowski

Brother Rice High School
Roger and Elaine Zatkoff Scholarship
2011/2012
Christopher Bonkowski graduated from Brother Rice High School and is the other recipient of the President’s Scholarship. He participated in Robotics, Track & Field, Cross Country, Quiz Bowl, Soccer and Model United Nations. He was a member of the National Honor Society, a National Merit Semifinalist, recipient of the American Association of Physics Teachers 2009 Outstanding Student of the Year award and numerous other awards and accolades. He also took and excelled in several Advanced Placement courses while at Brother Rice High School.

Victor Chen

Detroit Country Day High School
Roger and Elaine Zatkoff Scholarship
2011/2012
Victor Chen is a recipient of one of the Elaine and Roger Zatkoff Scholarships. Victor graduated from Detroit Country Day High School with a sterling academic record. He participated in Quiz Bowl, Science Olympiad and the Varsity Soccer Team. He volunteered at Karmanos Cancer Institute, Penrickton Center for Blind Children, and Hand by Hand Education Foundation. Victor also served as a research volunteer during the summers at Wayne State University’s Department of Pathology. He is also an outstanding pianist.

Katie Mullins

Lakeview High School
Roger and Elaine Zatkoff Scholarship
2011/2012
Katie Mullins is the recipient of the other President’s Scholarship award. Katie is a graduate of Lakeview High School, where she participated as Vice President of the National Honor Society. Katie also tutored middle school students and worked as a manager at Cold Cow Ice Cream. In addition, Katie’s scholastic record is nothing short of stellar, as she was inducted into the Math, Spanish and English Honor Societies, while taking AP Chemistry, History and Calculus.

Kayla R. Wizinsky

Utica High School
Roger and Elaine Zatkoff Scholarship
2011/2012
Kayla Wizinsky is this year’s recipient of one of two Elaine and Roger Zatkoff Scholarships. Kayla attended Utica High School. She also took classes at the Utica Center for Math, Science and Technology. She was a participant in the FIRST Robotics ThunderChickens team. She also participated in Varsity Cross Country, Marching Band, Rocket Club, National Honor Society, Girl Scouts, AYSO Soccer and volunteer time at the Detroit Medical Center. She took numerous Advanced Placement courses and earned several honors and awards during her high school career.

Jeanne M. Kochkodan

Detroit Country Day High School
Roger and Elaine Zatkoff Scholarship
2010/2011
Jeanne Kochkodan is the other recipient of the Elaine and Roger Zatkoff Scholarship. She attended Detroit Country Day High School. Jeanne participated in Varsity volleyball and was team captain, Board Member of the Community Service Club, participated in the Big Sister Program and Character Education Committee. She also participated in the community, volunteering for Meals on Wheels, the Emmanuel Community Farm, Oakwood Heritage Hospital and Remote Area Medical. She was Academic Individual All-State in Volleyball. She also won a first place award for The Detroit News Excellence in Essay Writing.

Kayla R. Wizinsky

Utica High School
Roger and Elaine Zatkoff Scholarship
2010/2011
Kayla Wizinsky is this year’s recipient of one of two Elaine and Roger Zatkoff Scholarships. Kayla attended Utica High School. She also took classes at the Utica Center for Math, Science and Technology. She was a participant in the FIRST Robotics ThunderChickens team. She also participated in Varsity Cross Country, Marching Band, Rocket Club, National Honor Society, Girl Scouts, AYSO Soccer and volunteer time at the Detroit Medical Center. She took numerous Advanced Placement courses and earned several honors and awards during her high school career.

Hayley Goldenthal

Andover High School
Roger and Elaine Zatkoff Scholarship
2009/2010
Hayley Goldenthal is the recipient of the other Elaine and Roger Zatkoff Scholarship. Hayley attended Andover High school, where she graduated with high honors taking primarily AP classes. During high school, Hayley participated in the following: French Club, History Club, National Honor Society, Marching band, Concert Band, Symphony Band, Quiz Bowl and Junior Varisy Tennis and Softball. Rather incredibly, she already had two (2) design patents (one filed and one pending). Hayley won several awards and accolades, including the Harvard Book Award in 2008. Further, Hayley held a research position at the University of Michigan Biomedical Science research Building.

Jessica Newman

Chippewa Valley High School
Roger and Elaine Zatkoff Scholarship
2009/2010
Jessica Newman is this year’s recipient of one of the Club’s two Elaine and Roger Zatkoff Scholarships. Jessica is a graduate of Chippewa Valley High School where she earned a most impressive academic record. During high school, Jessica was an active member of the Be the Change Team, the Key Club, and served as National Honor Society President and Forensics Team Vice President. In addition, Jessica won student awards for math, science and overall academic excellence. She tutored other students and volunteered at Henry Ford Hospital and Clintonaire Nursing Home.

Michael Stewart

Brother Rice High School
Roger and Elaine Zatkoff Scholarship
2008/2009
Michael Stewart is a recipient of one of two Elaine and Roger Zatkoff Scholarships. Michael is a graduate of Brother Rice High School where he ranked first in his class. Michael participated in the Robotics team, National Honor Society, Ski Club and Marian Rice Players Lighting Crew. Outside of Brother Rice, Michael participated in the Boy Scouts of America and earned the title Eagle Scout in his senior year. As a freshman in high school, Michael earned the Scholastic All Catholic Bronze Medal and the Neema Bastanfar Memorial Scholarship. As a junior, Michael earned the David Peck Memorial Scholarship. In his senior year, Michael was awarded the National Merit Commended Student and was again awarded the Scholastic All Catholic Gold Medal. In addition to his academic and extracurricular pursuits, Michael worked at the Bloomfield Township Public Library, Huron pool and tutored students.

Benjamin Topping

Trenton High School
Roger and Elaine Zatkoff Scholarship
2008/2009
Benjamin Topping is the recipient of the other Elaine and Roger Zatkoff Scholarship. Benjamin attended Trenton High School, where he graduated first in his class. Benjamin participated in Mega Conference Quiz Bowl and served as Captain for three years, MI Mathematics League, Japanese Culture Club, National Honor Society, Interact Club, Spanish Club, tennis, marching band, school theatre and Ring of Steel sword fighting. Benjamin also devoted his time to an engineering internship, class treasurer, staff writer for his school paper and involved himself in coursework at the college level. Outside of school, Benjamin participated in Boy Scouts of America, volunteered for the Michigan Opera Theatre Association and was a soloist in the University of Michigan Youth Ensemble-Chamber Singers. Benjamin has received numerous awards to include National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalist, National Eagle Scout Award, National Music Directors Award and numerous awards for his accomplishments in math, science and research. Benjamin received recognition in the Heritage Newspaper highlighting his summer research at MIT.

Michael Billau

Milan High School
Roger and Elaine Zatkoff Scholarship
2007/2008
Michael Billau is the other recipient of this year’s Elaine and Roger Zatkoff Scholarship. Michael compiled a sterling record at Milan High School, where he excelled as a student-athlete. Michael was a two year captain of his varsity soccer team. He also graduated second in his class taking several AP classes. Michael also served as Vice President of Student Council, participated in the Marching Band and Jazz Band, and was a member of the National Honor Society. In the community, Michael was a youth soccer coach and participated in church youth groups. He will be an outstanding addition to the University of Michigan and we look forward to his future accomplishments.

Caitlyn Kochanski

Roger and Elaine Zatkoff Scholarship
2007/2008
Caitlyn Kochanski is one of two recipients of the 2007 Elaine and Roger Zatkoff Scholarship. Caitlyn graduated with high honors taking several AP classes. She participated in the National Honor Society, served as Student Government Secretary, served on event planning committees, tutored students, and acted as a peer mediator. Amongst the awards and honors she received in high school, Caitlyn won the Rising Star Volunteer Award and the Scholar Athlete Award. Caitlyn’s desire to help others coupled with her enjoyment of science motivates her to pursue a career in nursing. Undoubtedly, we are pleased to be amongst those who applaud and recognize Caitlyn’s many accomplishments.

Melissa Helberg

Roger and Elaine Zatkoff Scholarship
2006/2007
Melissa Helberg is one of two recipients of the Elaine and Roger Zatkoff Scholarship. Melissa will be studying Biology at the University of Michigan and plans to participate in a work study program. In high school, Melissa participated in the National Honor Society, served as Senior Class President, was a member of the prom committee and Business Professionals of America. Melissa was also a scholar athlete and obtained numerous academic awards and achievements while in high school. She volunteered her time as a math tutor, was a participant in Christ’s Outreach to the Blind and Project Shalom. Melissa is inspired to succeed and dedicate herself to helping others realize their potential. She plans to attend the University of Michigan’s Dental School after she earns her undergraduate degree.

Phillip Popp

Roger and Elaine Zatkoff Scholarship
2006/2007
Phillip Popp is one of two recipients of the Elaine and Roger Zatkoff Scholarship Award. Phillip has the characteristics and attributes recognized annually by the Elaine and Roger Zatkoff Award. Whether Phillip is singing and writing songs for his rock band, playing baseball, setting school swimming records, or more regularly achieving in the classroom, he is a well-rounded young man. Phillip has compiled an impressive record in the classroom and participated in many extra-curricular activities, including band, and the Spanish and Math Clubs. As mentioned above, he was a member of the baseball and swimming teams. He has performed with his band at local concert venues. Further, he has volunteered his time as a tutor, aided senior citizens, and volunteered at the Special Olympics. We are very pleased to recognize Phillip Popp with the Elaine and Roger Zatkoff Scholarship Award.

Kristen Lo

Troy Athens High School
Roger and Elaine Zatkoff Scholarship
2005/2006
Kristin Lo graduated at the top of her class at Troy Athens High School. Like other scholarship winners, Kristin also excelled in activities outside of the classroom. She participated in the Science Club, Asian Club, Writing Club, Literary Magazine, Math Club, National Honor Society and Safe Rides. A respected member of her high school community, Kristin served as a mentor to other students. While demonstrating her zest for writing, she was published in Northern Lights Magazine, Oakland Community College’s literary magazine. Kristin will undoubtedly be a tremendous asset to the University of Michigan. Thus, we are pleased and proud to award her talents and hard work with the Elaine and Roger Zatkoff Scholarship.

Michael Toma

Southfield-Lathrup Senior High School
Roger and Elaine Zatkoff Scholarship
2005/2006
Michael Toma was valedictorian of his graduating class from Southfield-Lathrup Senior High School. Michael is an intelligent young man with a great sense of humor. Michael actively participated as a member of the National Honor Society, Scholars Plus, Student Board, and the Medical Academy. Michael has an eagerness to assist others, including fellow classmates, when the opportunity presents itself. As one of this year’s Elaine and Roger Zatkoff Scholarship winners, Michael has displayed the attributes and work ethic that will no doubt make him an important and contributing member of the University of Michigan community.

Jeff Cheek

Orchard Lake St. Mary’s High School
Roger and Elaine Zatkoff Scholarship
2004/2005
Jeff Cheek is a graduate of Orchard Lake St. Mary’s High School. He is a member and served as secretary of the National Honor Society during three school years. Mr. Cheek has established himself as an outstanding student and athlete during his time at St. Mary’s. He was freshman class president and a member of the varsity football, wrestling and lacrosse teams. Mr. Cheek has ambitions of being a walk on for the University’s lacrosse team while pursuing a degree in business. Mr. Cheek has displayed the ambition and talent that is deserving of the Elaine and Roger Zatkoff Scholarhip Award.

Emily Cnockaert

Ypsilanti High School
Roger and Elaine Zatkoff Scholarship
2004/2005
Emily Cnockaert is a graduate of Ypsilanti High School. She has established an outstanding record in academics as well as in her extracurricular endeavors. Ms. Cnockaert is senior editor of the Ypsilanti High School magazine and secretary of her school cabinet. She also carries the distinction of being a member of the National Honor Society. Ms. Cnockaert wishes to pursue a major in archeology. Due to Ms. Cnockaert’s outstanding achievements in academics and also in her extracurricular pursuits, she has deservedly been awarded the Elaine and Roger Zatkoff Scholarship.

Christopher Corteg

Utica High School
Roger and Elaine Zatkoff Scholarship
2004/2005
Christopher Corteg is a graduate of Utica High School. He was a member of his school’s Quiz Bowl and Key Club teams. Mr. Corteg has displayed his athletic talents as a member of the varsity football team and also in recreational basketball. He is a distinguished member of the National Honor Society. Currently, Mr. Corteg is undecided in a major but has an interest in pursuing dentistry. He attributes his success to his mother to whom he dedicates this award. Christopher Corteg has displayed the qualities that make it an honor to award him the Elaine and Roger Zatkoff Scholarship award.

Jessica McDaniel

L’Anse Cruese North High School
Roger and Elaine Zatkoff Scholarship
2004/2005
Jessica McDaniel is a graduate of L’Anse Cruese North High School. She compiled an outstanding academic record while gaining the respect of peers and teachers alike. Ms. McDaniel also utilized her athletic talents as a member of her high school soccer and basketball teams. She is an active member in her church at St. Peters and also works as a waitress. Among her many accomplishments, Ms. Daniel is a member of the National Honor Society. Ms. McDaniel wishes to pursue a career in electrical or chemical engineering. Based on her exemplary work in academics as well as in her extracurricular activities, Ms. Daniel is in a category well deserving of the Elaine and Roger Zatkoff Scholarship.

Christopher Bonkowksi

Brother Rice High School
Roger and Elaine Zatkoff Scholarship
1990/1991
Christopher Bonkowski graduated from Brother Rice High School and is the other recipient of the President’s Scholarship. He participated in Robotics, Track & Field, Cross Country, Quiz Bowl, Soccer and Model United Nations. He was a member of the National Honor Society, a National Merit Semifinalist, recipient of the American Association of Physics Teachers 2009 Outstanding Student of the Year award and numerous other awards and accolades. He also took and excelled in several Advanced Placement courses while at Brother Rice High School.
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