Future Leaders 2021: Winners Announced!

A Scholarship Opportunity for Graduating Seniors

Congratulations to Wilson Bragg, Nathan Sochocki, and Shane Pilate! Thank you to every student who applied; we received so many great essays! It is clear the future is in good hands with the bright minds of these students!

Don’s Auto ClinicHigh Point Truck and Auto Center and 9&10 News want to honor the students who normally wouldn’t be recognized: the underdogs with a vision for success; the hard workers that are productive outside of the classroom; and the influencers taking care of their communities. The Future Leaders 2021 Scholarship is a Northern Michigan based scholarship designed specifically for the ‘working students’ out there, making a difference within their local community and beyond. This unique scholarship is not based on GPA: student finalists were active in their communities and the winners were those that continued to demonstrate leadership despite social disruptions. Congratulations to each of the Future Leaders 2021!



Shane Pilate – Graduating from Elk Rapids High School, Shane will attend NMC, this fall, to continue his undergraduate studies and plans to pursue a doctorate in Psychiatry.  Shane shows leadership on projects that directly benefit his community: from working on a Ga-Ga Pit for Mill Creek Elementary to assembling face shields for Munson Healthcare!

“You measure the success of a leader by his or her ability to show others their full potential.”




Nathan Sochocki – Graduating from Evart High School, Nate will be going to The University of Michigan, this fall, to study computer engineering. He demonstrates leadership on and off the court: participating in Evart High School programs like ‘be nice:’ a movement to eliminate stigma surrounding mental health.

“I established myself as a role model by working hard during practice and being supportive of my teammates no matter the circumstances.”



Wilson Bragg – Graduating from Gladwin High School, Wilson will attend Northwood University, this fall, and major in accounting. He shows his leadership and consideration for his community through philanthropic endeavors, like donating shoes to The Gladwin High School Aviary – a student resource for personal items.

“I seek to lead by example, living my life as a positive role model for my peers and the youth I mentor.”

Future Leaders Logo 2020

Categories: Best of the Class