While state titles were being determined at the Jack Breslin Student Event Center in East Lansing March 25th, a local high school student received one of 32 statewide awards for his involvement on and off the field.

Lakeview Spartans senior Nate Jones was in attendance to receive one of the Michigan High School Athletic Association's Scholar-Athlete awards. Jones was announced as a recipient of the award in February from the MHSAA.

The award is a $1,000 scholarship for higher education from Farm Bureau Insurance. In November, Jones signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Eastern Michigan University. His older brother Nick has begun his career with the Eagles as a freshman.

The Farm Bureau awards 32 scholarships each year, with eight scholarships for each class (A through D). Students that qualify hold a 3.50 grade-point average or higher and have participated in at least one sport where the MHSAA holds a postseason competition.

It's the second time in the last three years that a student-athlete from Battle Creek has received this award. In 2015, St. Philip's Kevin Greenman was a recipient.