The Big Sky State Games has selected Madison McLaughlin of Helena, Solenn Jacobsen of Baker, Michael Buster of Laurel and Wylie Leo of Ennis as the recipients of the 2014 Big Sky State Games Character Counts! Scholarship. The $500 scholarship winners will be recognized at the 29th Annual Big Sky State Games Opening Ceremonies event Friday, July 18.
The winners were chosen based on their character, community involvement, and participation in sports. Character Counts! promotes sportsmanship and fosters good character by teaching, enforcing, advocating, and modeling, the “Six Pillars of Character”: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.
High school juniors during the 2013-2014 school year that have participated in the State Games were eligible to apply for the scholarship. Selecting students who are finishing their junior year in high school ensures that the winners may be observed as role models during their senior year.
Michael Buster brought his Track and Field skills to the Big Sky State Games field in 2010, 2011, and 2012. He also participated in Basketball in 2011. For the past three years he has received Academic All State recognition for football, track, and basketball. Michael is a member of the National Honor Society and a Member of the Society of Torch and Laurel. A very notable honor includes being a recipient of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Sciences Award of Excellence in 2014. When it comes to sports, Michael won AMP Athlete of the Year in 2014, the Iron Man Award in the 2013 football season, and the All Conference Running Back and Outside Line Backer in the 2013 football season. Currently Michael volunteers at St. Vincent’s hospital in the Patient Services Department.