James D. Standish Award Winners: Olivia York of CC of Jackson, Reily Ellis of Plum Hollow CC

  FARMINGTON HILLS – Olivia York from Country Club of Jackson and Reily Ellis from Plum Hollow Country Club are the 2020 winners of the James D. Standish Jr. Award.

  The award is presented each year to an outstanding Evans Scholar at Michigan State University and the University of Michigan. The Executive Committee of the GAM established the award in 1968. The award goes to a student who has demonstrated scholarship and leadership in their Evans Scholar chapter’s affairs.

  A permanent plaque that includes the inscribed names of each year’s winners is displayed in the lounge of each campus scholarship house, and each winner is presented with a replica.

  York, the winner from Michigan State, is a film studies major at MSU with a 3.9 GPA. She was elected vice-president of communications for the MSU Evans Scholars Chapter in 2018. The chapter also voted her as the 2017 New Scholar of the Year, and she received the Adelor J. Petit Award.

  York has consistently been rated as a top scholar and leader by her peers in their bi-yearly chapter evaluations.  She has also worked as a production assistant at WKAR, Michigan State University’s public radio station. She will graduate in May and plans to move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in writing for television, network and streaming services.

   Ellis, the winner from the U-of-M, is a mechanical engineering major with a 3.1 GPA, and has an outstanding academic and leadership record as an Evans Scholar.

  He has been elected to two positions on the Michigan Evans Scholars Executive Board: Administrative Vice President in 2018, and Chapter President in 2019. The Chapter also voted him as the 2017 New Scholar of the Year.

   Ellis will graduate from Michigan in May and plans to stay in the metro-Detroit area to pursue a career in engineering, specializing in autonomous and electric vehicles.

-Greg Johnson [email protected]