Article by Joel Fritsma (LHS Class of 2018)
This week’s Senior Student-Athletes of the Week are Jay Stadt & Sydney Carmichael!
Jay is one of our dedicated soccer players at LHS. He’s been a part of the program all four years.
His favorite sports memory came this year when the varsity soccer team knocked off #1 Forest Hills Northern with just 15 seconds left in the game. Jay was a key part of that win. His brother Ezra made a run and got Jay the ball who scored from long-range (celebration photo below). Jay also scored a lengthy late goal against Northview earlier this past season.
Jay told us that his favorite sport is soccer. He also stuck with soccer for his favorite athlete as he chose Portugal National team and Real Madrid star as his favorite athlete. In soccer, he was also awarded as an all-conference and all-district player.
As he moves on in life following graduation from Lowell High School, Jay is looking to study sport management locally at Davenport University.
Sydney is one of our active cheer leaders at LHS. She has been a member of the fall cheer team all four years. On top of that, Sydney added that she has been a part of Irish Dance for the past nine years. Her favorite sports memory came from learning over the years including the tumbles while learning all the crazy stunts in cheerleading.
Sydney mentioned that her favorite sport is indeed Irish Dance. Her favorite athlete happens to be Simone Biles because she “demonstrates tremendous discipline and dedication to her sport.”
For athletic achievements, Sydney has reached the highest level of Irish Dance and hase qualified for and competed at regionals and nationals competitions.
Above – Sydney and the cheer team in 2016.
After high school, Sydney plans on starting off at Grand Rapids Community College to pursue a career in either exercise science or physical therapy. She added that she’d like to continue her career in Irish Dancing at a competitive level, and to teach younger kids how to learn the sport following her footsteps, literally!
Sydney said her most favorite non-sports memory happened when she got to teach the musical cast of last year how to Irish Dance. To close, Sydney added that she has enjoyed her years at LHS. She is looking forward to the amazing adventures that await for her after graduation!
Thank you to the two of you for your athletic and extracurricular commitments to Lowell High School. We wish you the best of luck on your future endeavors!