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The Field of Competition Tests Athletes and Scholars

Our Northwood University values really come to life in the field of competition, where our students’ athletic, academic and intellectual acumen face the ultimate test. Student athletes in Michigan and Florida are reaching the end of hard fought seasons. In West Palm Beach, the women’s golf team won the Sun Conference Championship this week, with freshman Elsa Westin taking home the individual title. She was named Sun Conference Player of the Year while Head Coach Brandon Miller was named Sun Conference Coach of the Year. All-Conference honors went to Westin, Rebecka Holmstrom, Sabrina Schloo, and Caroline Retabi.

The Northwood University Seahawks Men's and Women's Track & Field teams returned to Florida with some hardware after the three-day NAIA National Championship in Ohio in March. Sprinter Edens Thermidor, hurdler Mariah Johnson, and the Men's 4x400 meter relay team (Jeremey Willis, Andre Ernest, Jonathan Cook and Thermidor) each claimed All-American honors.

Turning to baseball, the Seahawks concluded their regular season with a 39-10 overall record and a conference record of 22-5. Tournament play begins this weekend and Northwood is the number one seed going into the championships.

Off the field, the academic competition season is in full swing. Students university-wide are standing shoulder-to-shoulder with their peers from other colleges to demonstrate their knowledge and expertise. Our Mock Trial Team was the only Michigan team to be invited to the American Mock Trial Association National Championship Tournament, which occurred last weekend in Ohio. Northwood was represented by Yancy Cobb, Jillian Fisher, Myisha Ishmeal , Jalisa Harris, Katie Polzin, T. C. Sample, and Anthony Wnoroski . The season concluded with several Northwood students earning awards for outstanding performance.

Recently the Northwood University team of Brendan Fox, Joseph Stefanski and Tommy Wyza took home first place in the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Cup Western Michigan competition. The ACG Cup is a case study competition where students present a case to judges who act as the board of directors.  View a video about the competition here.

System-wide, our students are making us proud not just because of their performance but because of the ways in which they perform – with integrity, fairness and sportsmanship of the competition. Congratulations to all our academic and athletic competitors. You are wonderful representatives for Northwood University.

Have a great weekend!


Keith A. Pretty, J.D. President and CEO Northwood University 4000 Whiting Drive Midland, MI 48640 989.837.4203

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