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2017 Saginaw Valley League “Scholar Athletes of the Year” &               “Teacher of the Year”

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Arianna Vantine

Arianna Vantine has been a remarkable student and athlete during her time at Carman-Ainsworth High School. Arianna is the only daughter of Heidi Lewicki and Robb Schultz. She has excelled in her class work, and also her extracurriculars. Arianna is a member of the National Honor Society, Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), and the Carman-Ainsworth Blue Brigade. While balancing school work and extracurriculars, Arianna has held a job as a waitress at Papa Joe’s in Durand for the past two years. Throughout her years at the high school, she has maintained a 3.927 GPA and is ranked 12 in her class.

On top of her school work, extracurriculars, and work, Arianna has been the starting keeper for the CA Varsity soccer team for four years. She is also a three year captain for the CA Varsity Soccer team.  Arianna received the following awards in the 2016 Soccer season: All Saginaw Valley League Conference Academic, All Saginaw Valley League Conference Second Team, All Academic Honors Team Member, National Soccer Coaches Association of America High School Team Ethics and Sportsmanship at the Silver Level. On the off season for soccer, Arianna ran Varsity Cross-Country for CA.

“I have gained many skills by participating in athletics, extracurriculars, work, and schooling. I have learned how to properly manage my time so I completed all of my school work and still have time to do all the extracurriculars that I wanted to participate in. Also being a three year Varsity Soccer captain, I have learned how to be a leader and communicate with my peers. It brings me joy that I am the one that my teammates look up to, come to for help with homework, or just if they need a friend. I will be using these skills when I attend Michigan State University to study Veterinary Medicine in the fall.”

                                                                                                    ∽Arianna Vantine

Justin King

Justin King has had an excellent academic and athletic career as a student at Carman-Ainsworth High School. Justin is the second child of Tony and Beverly King of Flint, MI. He has played Varsity Basketball and Baseball for Carman-Ainsworth and was a key part of those teams each year. In 2017 Justin and his teammates on the Varsity Basketball team were able to secure the Saginaw Valley Conference championship. Each year while on the Baseball and Basketball team Justin was also able to be selected to the Saginaw Valley All-Academic Team.

Justin has been a member of Student Council since his freshman year and a member National Honor Society from 2012 to 2017. He also has a 3.906 cumulative GPA and is currently ranked 13th in his graduating class. In addition to volunteering in various areas of the Carman-Ainsworth community helping out at local elementary schools and the Flint Public Library, Justin is also enrolled in his school’s Accelerated Graduation Opportunity Program.

“From the beginning of my journey as a student at Carman-Ainsworth, I never could have imagined how many life skills I would end up learning. By being a student-athlete I know that there is more expected from me, both on the court/field and in the classroom. Doing these things simultaneously throughout my high school career has taught me how to be responsible, manage my time, and communicate effectively. These skills will be essential for me if I want to do well as I transition into my college life. My current career goal is to become a Sports Agent. I plan go to a prestigious university with an excellent undergraduate and graduate business program in order to obtain the proper credentials.”

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Matt Young – 2017 Teacher of the Year

Mr. Young is just finishing up his 16th year as a math teacher at CAHS and has worked tirelessly to improve math instruction for his math students by providing them with engaging activities, stellar questioning, short bursts/chunks of learning, and continual checks for understanding.  He is a master of instructional technology and regularly uses apps on his i-Pad, instructional apps on the Chrome Books, and is an avid user of Smart technology with his white board to increase engagement of students.  He has attended a number of Math workshops as part of the i3/STEM initiative including Numeracy, Enhancing Learning for Students with Learning Difficulties, and the What is Math? series, and has implemented a number of strategies into his instruction. 

Mr. Young has a great sense of humor, and you can regularly find him making a math joke, or challenging students to solve a math puzzle to grab their attention.  He genuinely cares about his students and has excellent rapport with them.  He makes learning fun, sets high expectations for his students and encourages them to do their best.  He models good citizenship and is a sincerely good guy!  Mr. Young is highly respected by his colleagues in the math department, as well as other colleagues in the building and is very unassuming and humble, never realizing what a great teacher and role model he is for his students!

Mr. Young is also involved in a number of extracurricular positions, including coaching 7th grade boys basketball at C-A Middle School in the winter and coaching the JV boys golf team for CAHS in the spring.  He has coached Upward Basketball for the past eleven years with younger students through his church.  In his spare time, he attends a number of CAHS athletics competitions cheering on his former players from CAMS and current students.

Mr. Young is a dedicated husband and father – married to Pam, and they have two sons, Grant (a junior at Flushing High School), Landon ( a freshman at Flushing High School) and a daughter, Harper (almost 2 years old).  During the summer, he also golfs on a league with his dad, Gary Young.