Chemics News · 2019 SVL Scholar Athletes and Teacher of the Year Announced

2019 Midland High School Saginaw Valley League Scholar Athletes

The scholar athlete award is determined by formula that considers a student’s SAT score, Grade Point Average, athletic participation, and athletic awards.  Congratulations.



Maya Albright is the daughter of Eric and Monique Albright.  Maya has carried a 4.6178 GPA while participating in four years of volleyball where she was awarded 1st team all SVL as a senior and 2nd team all SVL as a junior helping the team win conference, district, and regional championships.  She has participated in four years of soccer earning honorable mention SVL on a talented team in 2018 that finished the regular season undefeated and won conference, district and regional championships on way to an MHSAA final-four appearance.

Maya has challenged herself academically as an International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate at Midland High School.  Her interest in Chemistry lead her to an internship with Michigan State University where she worked with a student team lead by an industry organic chemist to develop a catalyst for car refrigerants.  She is a member of the student council with which she spearheaded the One Billion Rising committee in its annual event to increase awareness of domestic violence.  Her student council experiences have led her to be among the 2018-19 Michigan Student Leadership Board of Delegates.  She is a member of the National Honor Society and is the 2018-19 recipient of the DAR good citizen award by the Midland County Chapter.

Maya has served each of the last three years on her church youth outreach trip and is on the leadership team for the 2019 mission.  She has been fond of the Midland Nature Center, first as a young camper and now as a volunteer promoting the importance of protection and appreciation of the environment to current elementary campers.  She can also be found officiating soccer for the Midland Soccer Club.

Maya on the value of athletics, academic achievement, and community service…

“Athletics have instilled teamwork and grit into me. Academics have taught me to persevere and challenge myself. Finally, service put a real purpose behind the other activities I am involved in because giving back to my community applies to all areas of my life and it is now instilled within me.  I have found that many of the areas in my life overlap to build on the idea that the sum of the programs I am involved with is greater than their individual parts.  I find a real value in all of the activities I am involved in, not to put on a resume, but because I believe they push me to be a risk taker each in a different area of my life that will initiate personal growth. By being a well-rounded individual, I will be capable of handling the challenges that come with this new chapter of my life while maintaining personal prosperity and contributing to my community.”

Maya plans to attend the University of Minnesota to study Chemical Engineering.



Nathan Streitmatter is the son of Matt and Kim Streitmatter. Nathan has carried a 4.4048 GPA while earning seven letters while participating in track, cross country, swim, and football.  He was an honorable mention selection in cross country his senior season and has earned six Saginaw Valley All Academic honors.

Nathan is the current Vice President of the National Honor Society and is the president of the MHS DECA club.  He has competed with the Business Professionals of America each year since 10th grade and is on an A.H. Nickless Innovation team this year competing among the best student computer programmers in the state.

Nathan has been serving on the Midland County Youth Action Council each of the last three years (and is currently the grants chairperson) which evaluates and distributes grants to non-profits in the Midland community.  He is a member of Midland’s Evangelical Free Church Xtreeme youth group for all of his high school career (serving on three different mission trips) and has taken leadership positions his junior and senior years.

Nathan’s thoughts on the value of educational athletics:

“There are many aspects of athletics that have prepared me for college. One of the biggest things I’ve learned is how to react to failure. During my participation in cross country and track, I haven’t always been able to persevere during races and achieve my goals, but I’ve learned that it’s important to not let these moments define me, but learn from them instead. To bounce back from these failures required a large amount of dedication and determination that translated to both my academics and extracurricular activities. In addition, sports have also taught me the importance of discipline and working through unpleasant circumstances. This essential skill needed for running has left me training in the freezing cold, late at night, and during the offseason but it’s always paid off and allowed me to stay at the top of my sport. Finally, athletics have taught me how to encourage and be supportive of others. I’ve met some of the greatest friends and role models early on in the sport that led me to strive to be a leader as a senior. This reminded me that although running is an individual sport, it is the team that allows you to push to break your goals and make this sport what it is. These skills I have developed through athletics will be great resources for both college and my future.”

Nathan plans to attend Taylor University.


Saginaw Valley Teacher of the Year – 2019

The award, established in 1995, recognizes one teacher from each of the member high schools in the league.

Mr. William H. Monroe

William (Bill) Monroe has been named a 2019 Saginaw Valley League “Teacher of the Year” representing Midland High School.

Mr. Monroe graduated from Michigan State University earning a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and later from North Texas State University earning a Master’s Degree in Music Education and Performance. Mr. Monroe has taught in the Music Department at Midland Public Schools for 28 years.  He taught in three other districts prior to Midland.  Bill has a total of 37 years of experience in education.

Mr. Monroe works daily with over 200 band students in many different capacities at Midland High.  Parents and students in the MHS music program have said, “Mr. Monroe sets a high

bar for participation, productivity and standards.  He expects each student to work hard and make the Midland High School music performances the best possible reflection throughout the community.  Mr. Monroe has developed a way to provide a total open door policy to all his students.  This may cover discussing music goals, learning a new instrument, providing guidance or just having a listening ear to discuss whatever students have on their minds.  Mr. Monroe is a great, kind, talented teacher with a good heart.”

Mr. Monroe resides in Midland with his wife, Susan.  Together they are the proud parents of Billy Monroe and Christopher Monroe.  Mr. Monroe enjoys golf, chess, art, sports, and traveling to tropical beaches.  He also loves his Spartans!


Congratulations to Mr. William Monroe.