Trey Feldeisen is the perfect example of what a student-athlete can be, strive for and achieve in high school. The Greenhills senior won a state championship in tennis in the fall where he was a team captain. He also will be a captain this spring for the Greenhills boys’ lacrosse team.
Feldeisen’s skills and accomplishments aren’t limited to the playing field. He has a 3.9 grade-point average in the classroom and participates in many clubs and organizations.
Feldeisen, 18, was recently honored for his accomplishments by the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA). The group selected 11 student-athletes from Class C and D member schools to receive scholarships through the MHSAA/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete Award program. Farm Bureau Insurance, in its 30th year of sponsoring the award, will give $1,000 college scholarships to 32 individuals who represent their member schools in at least one sport.
“I am thrilled to have been selected to receive the MHSAA Scholar Athlete Award,” said Trey, the son of Ron and Pamela Feldeisen. “To be included in the top 32 student athletes in the state is quite an honor. The special thing about this scholarship is that it isn’t limited to either my athletic or academic abilities, but showed that I have excelled in both areas.”
Students applying for the Scholar-Athlete Award must be carrying at least a 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) grade-point average and have previously won a letter in a varsity sport in which the Michigan High School Athletic Association sponsors a postseason tournament. Other requirements for the applicants were to show active participation in other school and community activities and produce an essay on the importance of sportsmanship in educational athletics.
One of the quotes highlighted by the MHSAA in Feldeisen’s essay was the perfect example of how sports should be played: “There are many opponents we face who have not played tennis since they were in preschool, and who (do) not have the skill that we as a team do. These matches are the ones that are most important to us and our coaches. We always push ourselves to win the ‘right’ way. This first and foremost means to show our opponents respect on and off the court.”
Greenhills won six of eight flights and cruised to the Division 4 MHSAA tennis championship at Kalamazoo College this past fall with a dominant 38 points, 12 points better than second-place Traverse City St. Francis.
Feldeisen and Henry Branch ran into few problems on the way to a state title at one doubles this past fall. The duo was the top seed and defeated Frankenmuth 6-0, 6-1; Grand Rapids CC 6-2, 6-1; and Ludington 6-1, 6-1 to reach the championship match. In the finals, the duo defeated Allegan 6-4, 6-1.
Feldeisen obviously netted plenty of highlights in his high school career.
“Winning the state tournament in tennis is one of the best feelings I have had during my time at Greenhills,” he said. “Working all season and seeing it pay off at the end feels like I am on top of the world.”
He said Greenhills has been so successful in tennis over the years because they are more of a family than a team.
“From the first day of practice to the last day of states, we are with each other a couple of hours every day,” he says. “During that time we create bonds with each other that we will remember for the rest of our lives. We all know that the rest of the team has our back not only when on the court but in every aspect of our lives.
“Our coaches make a huge impact on our lives as well. They use their experiences as players and their many years of coaching to prepare us for every situation we may face in a match. Because our coaches are so great we not only want to win for ourselves, but for them as well.”
Feldeisen has participated in four years of forensics and has helped the team to two state championships and one runner-up finish. He has earned multiple letters for service from the United Way of Washtenaw County and participated in medical service trips to Peru, Haiti and Kenya.
He also participated for a third year with Model United Nations club and was on the inaugural leadership committee for the school’s STEM society. He served as a youth representative to his church’s staff-parish committee and as a cabinet member on Regional Youth Council. He also participated in brain cancer research through University of Michigan.
“Greenhills was a great school for me because it allowed me to start on two varsity sports teams as a freshman, win state championships on my tennis team, pursue interests in various clubs, and most importantly it challenged me academically,” he said. “There are plenty of opportunities to really get to know your teachers and for them to know you because of the small size of the school.”
Feldeisen will attend Washington University in St. Louis and is considering “being on the pre-med track.” He said the school was the perfect fit.
“I chose Washington University in St. Louis because it is a highly selective academic school, it gives me every opportunity for success during and after college, and when I visited I just felt like I fit in,” he said. “I also have two siblings that have attended the school. They have very different personalities and both made plenty of friends there, so I am confident that I will find my place there as well. Washington University gave me everything I was looking for in a school.”
Feldeisen and the other scholarship recipients will be honored at a halftime ceremony during the Class C Boys Basketball Final, March 16, at the Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing.