Saginaw Valley League Scholar Athletes of the Year
The Saginaw Valley League established this award to recognize excellence in the classroom and on the playing field. This award is presented annually to one female and one male from each of the Saginaw Valley member high schools
Mariah Sherman is the daughter of Marc and Julie Sherman. She has carried a 4.28 GPA while participating in four years of volleyball and track at Midland High School. Mariah has held leadership positions as a member of the National Honor Society, has served as a counselor at Camp Newaygo, and is involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midland County.
“Athletics has taught me to be disciplined to my time commitments, push to the finish line, and not to quit.”
Mariah will study psychology at a school yet to be determined.
Ravdeep Dhingra is the son of Sandeep and Raveena Dhingra. He has participated in swim, cross-country, and track at Midland High School. Ravdeep is a member of the National Honor Society, Key Club, and orchestra at MHS; serving as the treasurer of the orchestra.
“Athletics has taught me that the human body is physically capable of many things, but with teamwork, unit cohesion, and a positive attitude you can accomplish more.”
Prior to his senior year, Ravdeep was selected to attend the West Point Summer Leadership Experience and after graduation will study engineering at the United States Naval Academy while serving in the Marine Corps.
Tim Tobin, Saginaw Valley Teacher of the Year Award
The Saginaw Valley League established this award to recognize excellence in teaching. This award is presented annually to one teacher from each of the Saginaw Valley member high schools.
“Come here you gotta see this.” The words of Mark Camilleri as he shows off the latest science lab he prepared ….the hours that Mark puts forth in creating an environment for his students to discover the world of science.
Mark Camilleri began his teaching career at Central Middle School and later moved on to teach Biology at Midland High School. Mark graduated from Eastern Michigan University and grew up in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
Mark is a teacher who is enthusiastic, hardworking and has the ability to reach a variety of levels of students. He always puts students first and is a model teacher. Mark has been credited as the teacher that transformed the Biology program for the entire secondary department of Midland Public Schools. He is not only an expert in his craft of teaching, he is a master of the content. Mark has been instrumental in guiding the Biology labs and innovative project-based labs in the community for well over a decade.
Mark believes in all students at all levels. Mr. Camilleri or simply, “Cam” has worked countless hours to develop life changing courses that have been pivotal in the lives of his students, including the courses of Human Anatomy and Physiology, Biology, and Survey of Biology. Cam truly believes every student has the potential to learn.
Mr. Camilleri goes above and beyond the long hours of the day as a high school teacher and devotes time to the students and our local community. For example, Cam has been a class advisor, assists with the Gay-Straight Alliance Club, and is extremely active in Habitat for Humanity and his church.
As quoted from Mr. Camilleri’s students, “I wish the world had more teachers like Mr. Camilleri.” “I know Mr. Camilleri cares about me…he is always willing to help me understand.” A long-time colleague stated, “Mark is like a life coach, he is humorous and is always willing to put himself out there to make connections with people and to help anyone with lessons good or bad in life.”
Camilleri resides in Midland County with his wife, Teresa, and is vocally proud of his three sons, Anthony, Derek, and Noah. In Mark’s free time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, and taxidermy…a word of advice…don’t eat anything he offers you.