Marquette Senior High School, along with Superiorland Kiwanis, are proud to announce that Elysa Olivier (girls tennis) and Mathurin Gagnon (boys cross country) have been selected as the Athletes of the Month for September.
Elysa Olivier is currently a junior at MSHS and is a member of the Varsity Girls Tennis team. Elysa led the team to another Great Northern Conference Championship and helped the team finish second at the U.P. Finals.
Individually, Elysa had a phenominal year on the court. As a result of her strong play, she was named U.P. Division I Player of the Year as well as being named to the All-U.P. First Team (singles). In addition, Elysa also won at #1 singles during this year’s GNC Meet. At the team’s banquet this year, Elysa received the Mickey Johnson Award, which is given to the MSHS player based on their contributions on the court as well as demonstrated leadership skills.
Academically, Elysa holds a 3.60 GPA and has been named to the honor roll. Outside of school, Elysa enjoys working at Marquette Pediatric Dentistry, reading, writing and spending time with her friends and family. Elysa’s post-high school ambitions are to attend Ferris State University, where she hopes to play on the Bulldogs’ women’s tennis team and possibly major in psychology or a health-related field.
Mathurin Gagnon is a senior student at MSHS and participated as a member of the Varsity Boys Cross Country team this fall. He is a four-year member of the cross country program.
In his senior season, Mathurin led the Redmen to another Great Northern Conference Championship as well as a fourth place finish at the U.P. Finals. Along the way, Mathurin garnered All-GNC, All-U.P., All-State and Academic All-State honors. Aside from consistently turning in the top performance on the team, Mathurin was instrumental in providing a young cross country team with effective leadership and maintaining a positive team culture all season. In addition to participating in cross country, he also competes as a member of the MSHS Nordic Skiing and Track & Field teams.
Mathurin stays busy by being involved in the Boy Scouts, where he holds Life Rank and is currently working towards becoming an Eagle Scout. In addition, he is a three-year member of the Chamber Chorale and will be performing in the MSHS play, The Music Man, this fall. His work in the classroom is impressive as well, where he owns a 4.14 GPA.
Outside of school, Mathurin enjoys sailing, frisbee, long-boarding and playing the piano. His post-high school plans are to hopefully attend the University of Michigan and pursue a degree in computer science.