Marquette Senior High School, along with Superiorland Kiwanis, are proud to announce that Jasmine Burke (figure skating) and Robert Bell (boys swimming & diving) have been selected as the Athletes of the Month for February.
Jasmine Burke is a senior student at MSHS and is wrapping up a fantastic career as a member of the MSHS Figure Skating Team. The team recently captured another district championship on February 17 and is eager to defend their state championship later this month as they look to win their fourth straight.
Over her three years as a member of the team, Jasmine has earned top finishes at the state final meet. She is a two-time state champion in the pre-juvenile artistic division (including last year), been runner-up in the pre-silver dance final and placed in the top three in the pre-juvenile free skate division on three separate occasions.
Jasmine also performs at a high level in the classroom, where she owns a 3.96 GPA. Her academic achievement has made her a member of the honor roll and National Honor Society, as well as a regular recipient of the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award.
In addition to participating in figure skating at MSHS, she is also a member of the Redettes Soccer Program, Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), Key Club and Renaissance. Outside of school, Jasmine volunteers with the veteran’s mobile pantry, Jacobetti Home for Veterans and the Special Olympics.
Jasmine’s post-graduation plans are to finish her associate’s degree in Surgical Technology at NMU, which she has already been taking classes towards since her junior year as a member of the middle college. Following the completion of that degree program, Jasmine intends on working for a little while before joining the Army as a medic.
Robert Bell is a senior student at MSHS and was a prominent leader on the boys swimming & diving team this winter. He is a three-sport student-athlete at MSHS and also competes as member of the Redmen varsity football and track & field teams.
With just being a two-year member of the boys swimming & diving program, Robert’s ability as a natural athlete was on full display this year as he helped lead a developing group of swimmers and divers to a runner-up finish at the U.P. Finals. His “lead by example” work ethic got to be contagious among the team and served as motivation to perform above expectations at the big meet. Individually, Robert was named to the All-U.P. Swimming & Diving Team after placing 1st in the 400 Free Relay, 3rd in the 200 Medley Relay, 3rd in the 50 Free and 3rd in the 100 Free at U.P. Finals.
Robert’s work in the classroom is impressive as well, where he owns a 3.49 GPA and has been named to the honor roll each year at MSHS. Outside of school, Robert enjoys doing anything outside, but specifically playing football, basketball and soccer. He also enjoys working on the farm.
Robert’s post-graduation plans are to attend Northern Michigan University next year and enroll in the welding program.