(Release from Anders Blewett)
For the thirteenth year in a row Alexander (Zander) Blewett, III, a trial lawyer from the personal injury law firm of Hoyt & Blewett PLLC in Great Falls, Montana, has offered three $1,000 scholarships to the top student/wrestlers around the state of Montana for Classes “AA”, “A”, and “B/C”.
The scholarships are awarded to the top wrestler from each school classification who has displayed the best combined qualities of wrestling and academic achievement. This year’s winners exemplify the precise purpose of the scholarships.
All three of the scholarship recipients were state champions with one winning four state titles. All three student-athletes maintained high grade point averages.
“It’s great to see kids excel both on the mats and in the classroom,” said Zander Blewett. “It is quite an accomplishment that four of the Weber brothers have now won this award and we are very excited to follow Michael Weber’s career.”
The winners are:
Jace Rhodes – Billings West
Rhodes is the winner of the Class “AA” scholarship. Rhodes was a three-time State champion his senior, junior, sophomore years and took 6th place as a freshman. Rhodes earned an impressive 4.48 weighted GPA and plans to go on to wrestle at the University of Wyoming and study computer engineering.
Shane Gibson – Livingston
Gibson is the Class “A” winner. Gibson was a three- time state placer who was the state champion as a senior, 6th place as a junior, and 2nd place his sophomore year. He also earned a 3.5 GPA, and plans on attending either Dickenson State University or University Providence where he intends to wrestle and pursue legal studies.
Michael Weber – Forsyth
Weber is the Class “B/C” winner. Weber was a four-time state champion who earned two national championship titles during his high school career. He also earned a 3.3 GPA. Weber plans on attending North Dakota State University majoring in exercise science, with the goal of going on to medical school. Weber will join his brother Luke and wrestle for the North Dakota State Bison. Weber’s brothers, Luke and Matt, also won the Blewett Scholarship in 2015 and 2016.
“We love wrestling for the life lessons it teaches and these kids embody what this great sport is all about,” said Blewett.
Blewett also offers $500 wrestling scholarships to several high schools in North-Central Montana. For more information regarding the scholarship visit http://www.hoytblewett.com/blewett-wrestling-scholarship