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Mountaineer recognized

From left, Everest Collegiate Varsity Football Coach Michael Pruchnicki, Jeremy Schupbach, and Everest Collegiate Principal Gregory Reichert. Photo submitted (click for larger version)
March 12, 2014 - Clarkston resident Jeremy Schupbach received a surprise when he found out he was recognized by the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association.

He was one out of 26 scholar athletes to be named to the 2013 Football Academic All-State First team for his senior season with Everest Collegiate High School.

"I definitely didn't see it coming but I felt happy about it," Schupbach said.

It looks good for the school and the football program. I feel blessed."

"We are extremely proud," added parents, Kathleen and Brian. "I had to read the letter three times. We feel very blessed. He is a great son. We are proud of him in every way."

It was not only the first year Jeremy played football but the inaugural year for the football program.

"It was really a cool unique experience," Jeremy added. "It's why I wanted to play football because it was such a unique thing. We accomplished a lot - we never lost at home, and we are the only first year team in Michigan to make it to the playoffs which was exciting. It is cool because not only did we set the standards but also set the standard with the personality of the team who found it."

Jeremy joined this year to play on the defensive and offensive line because he would have an opportunity to play since it was the first year for the team. Before he joined he had only played backyard football.

"I knew I would play and they needed me," he said. "Also, I was going out with friends, we would set the tradition and create the football team."

He added Coach Michael Pruchnicki did a great job leading the team, especially since most of the team had never played before.

"He was a huge part of why we won so many games," Jeremy said. "He was patient with us because we didn't know how to do things, simplifying things down."

Jeremy didn't know what to expect as the Mountaineers headed into the first game of the season against Auburn Hills Oakland Christian.

"We were untested," he said. "I had no idea how we would perform especially during practice when we never did our plays because we only had seven people and seven guys on defense who knew which side the ball was going to go to."

Everest finished the game with a 31-0 win.

"It was a great feeling. We had a lot of hidden talent," Jeremy smiled.

The team finished the regular season 7-2 and lost in the playoffs against Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes, 34-7.

As a scholar with a 4.21 GPA, Jeremy attributes his success to his mom, who home schooled him until he was in fourth grade, and his teachers at Everest.

"They do a great job with us and helping us to get the information." he added. "They are very personable and accessible. I would love to credit my mom. She got me into reading and advanced math. It helped especially with reading."

Jeremy is also a member of the National Honor Society and the Drama Club.

He is currently deciding on a college to attend in the fall and is leaning towards going to Grand Valley State University where he will study either chemistry or philosophy.

"Some kind of mix, chemistry because I would like to go into medicine, and philosophy just because I like it," he said. "We left a great legacy and impression with the program."

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