Marquette Senior High School, along with Superiorland Kiwanis, are proud to announce that Madalyn Stern (girls alpine skiing) and Liam McFarren (boys swimming & diving) have been named as the Student-Athletes of the Month for February 2022.
Madalyn Stern is a senior at MSHS recently wrapped up an excellent year and career as a member of the MSHS Girls Alpine Ski Team.
This season marked Maddy’s fourth as a member of the Alpine Ski program with her veteran status and experience making her a team captain for the 2022 season. Maddy had an incredible run this season that demonstrated the hard work that she has put into the sport over her career.
As the postseason race schedule progressed, Maddy continued to rack up championships. By season’s end, Maddy had earned a U.P. Championship in Giant Slalom (GS), an MHSAA Regional Championship in Slalom (5th in GS), and an MHSAA State Championship in GS (8th in Slalom). To go along with these postseason finishes, Maddy was named as the U.P. Girls Skier of the Year and selected to the All-State and All-U.P. Teams. Over the course of her career, Maddy was part of the 2019 and 2020 MHSAA State Championship teams as well as the 2021 MHSAA State Runner-Up team.
Academically, Maddy owns a 4.03 cumulative GPA and has earned honor roll status and the Academic Achievement Award every semester. She earned the Academic All-State Award from the Michigan High School Ski Coaches Association (MHSSCA) both this season and as a junior in 2021.
To conclude her senior year, Maddy will once again participate as a member of the MSHS Girls Soccer program, where she is a three-year member. In other extra-curricular involvement, Maddy is part of the National Honor Society and MSHS Spanish Club. Upon graduating from MSHS, Maddy hopes to attend NMU and pursue a nursing degree while also competing on the Wildcats Alpine Ski Team.
Liam McFarren is currently a junior at MSHS and recently finished another phenomenal year as a member of the boys swimming and diving team.
At the 2022 MHSAA U.P. Swimming & Diving Finals, Liam earned a total of four first-place finishes (200 Medley Relay, 100 Butterfly, 100 Freestyle, 200 Freestyle Relay) en route to helping the team claim its third consecutive team title. The 200 Freestyle Relay team that Liam was a member of, along with teammates Maverick Baldwin, Bobby Caron and Colin VanderSchaaf, set new school, pool and U.P. records with a time of 1:29.93.
At season’s end, Liam was named U.P. Swimmer of the Year for the second consecutive season and was named to the All-U.P. team for the third straight year. In his three-year career, Liam has now earned 10 total first-place finishes at the U.P. Finals (five individual, five relays) to go along with the three team championships he has been a part of.
In the classroom, Liam owns a 3.99 cumulative GPA to make him a regular fixture on the honor roll. He is a three-time honoree on the U.P. Swimming & Diving All-Academic Team and is a member of the National Honor Society.
With the conclusion of the winter sports season, Liam will shift gears and participate as a member of the MSHS Boys Tennis Team this spring. In addition, he is also looking forward to spending time outdoors and finding time to go fishing. Liam’s current post-high school plans are to attend NMU and major in biochemistry with the intent to pursue a degree in dentistry from the University of Michigan.