MANISTIQUE - Manistique Area Schools senior Kenner Broullire has been named the Daily Press Student of the Year for 2013. Broullire was selected by the Daily Press as Student of the Year from among 10 finalists from area schools. He will receive a $1,000 cash award from the Daily Press. Finalists will receive $100 cash awards.
"I was very excited and I was very humbled just to be nominated," said Broullire Thursday shortly after discovering he had received the award. "I'm almost speechless."
Broullire, son of Tom and Maria Broullire, is ranked third in his class. While he is not positive what his final GPA will be, he was carrying a 4.16 as of last semester and does not expect it to change significantly.
The Student of the Year Award is part of the Daily Press Student of the Week program. Each week during the school year, local schools submit a Student of the Week to the Daily Press. They are featured on the Student of the Week page in the newspaper each Friday.
At the end of the school year, each school is asked to select a Student of the Year finalist from among graduating seniors that have been featured during the year. The Daily Press selects a Student of the Year from among those finalists.
"This is always a difficult decision," said Daily Press Editor Brian Rowell. "All of our local finalists are exceptional and outstanding students. We were impressed with Kenner's academic career, humility and sincerity. We think he is an excellent choice for Student of the Year and wish him all the best in his future endeavors."
Broullire has had an impressive high school career, including being accepted at West Point.
"I've always wanted to do my best and try to (better myself), to be successful, and ultimately be happy - that's important," he said.
Broullire has taken that ethic outside of the classroom, representing his school in multiple sports throughout his high school career.
"I played football for all four years, basketball for three years of high school, and track for all four years," said Broullire, adding he would have participated in basketball another year but was injured during the season.
Sports are not the only extracurriculars Broullire has been involved in. He is captain of the school's Quiz Bowl team, participates in the Challengers Youth Group, volunteers as a flag football coach, serves as class president, and is active in Youth Entraining Teen Interest and Teens Against Tobacco Use.
His dedication to himself and his community has not gone unnoticed. Broullire was nominated by Congressman Dan Benishek to attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and was accepted earlier this year.
"I have to report on July 1. It's Reception Day which is also the first day of Beast Barracks, which is basically basic training," said Broullire.
Broullire is not sure what he will chose to study at West Point, but he has time to decide.
"Right now I'm thinking economics, but you don't select your major until you're a junior. All the freshmen and sophomore classes are selected for you by the academy," he said.
Until he reports at West Point, Broullire plans to train physically and study military history and West Point etiquette so that he is prepared.
"Anything I can do to get a step ahead of my peers at West Point will be a big help to myself," said Broullire.
Even though Broullire works hard to better himself, he does not take all the credit for his success. For him, his achievements and the Student of the Year award are products of the people around him.
"Everyone's inspired me in different ways, whether it be my best friend or someone I consider an enemy. They've all inspired me and led me to be a better person," he said.
More coverage of the Student of the Year can be found on page 8A of today's Daily Press.