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Academic honors: Ex-Ishpeming, ex-Bay basketball player Marissa Maino carries 4.0 GPA, earns state academics’ honor

Ishpeming graduate and Bay de Noc Community College senior Marissa Maino, right, shows her certificate for being named to the 2020 All-Michigan Academic Team at an awards luncheon in East Lansing on Monday. She is standing with Cindy Carter, Bay’s dean of Business, Technology and Workforce Development and Bay representative on the Phi Theta Kappa All-Michigan Academic Team. (Bay College photo)

EAST LANSING — An Ishpeming High School graduate and Bay de Noc Community College senior was named to the 2020 All-Michigan Academic Team and was honored at the annual Phi Theta Kappa awards luncheon held at Michigan State University on Monday.

Marissa Maino was one of two Bay students honored, joining Eli Faymonville.

The program is a division of the Academic All-American Team for Community, Technical and Junior College Students, which is sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and the American Association of Community Colleges.

“It’s an honor to have a student like Marissa represent Bay College alongside this elite group of community college students,” said Cindy Carter, Bay dean of Business, Technology and Workforce Development, who accompanied Maino to the awards luncheon.

The Michigan luncheon is annually held in conjunction with the Michigan Community College Association and included community college presidents, administrators and trustees, state legislators and advisers from Phi Theta Kappa, which has 1,250 chapters at two-year and community colleges nationwide.

From left, Ishpeming High School player Marissa Maino looks for a shot while defended by Negaunee's Madysen Kontio and Abby Nelson in a February 2017 game played at Ishpeming High School. (Journal file photo)

Maino is scheduled to graduate this spring with an associate degree in business, maintaining a 4.0 grade-point average.

She was also part of the inaugural Norse women’s basketball team in 2017, but suffered a career-ending injury. Nevertheless, she didn’t let that affect her academic plans as she continued while recovering and rehabilitating all while keeping her straight-A average.

“She maintained contact with the class at all times,” Bay business instructor Brent Madalinksi said about Maino. “Her quality work, submitted on time, was used numerous times as a role-model example throughout the semester.”

In the fall of 2020, she plans start work on a degree in the medical field at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Outside of school and work, Maino volunteers with her therapy dog, Stewie, at local nursing homes and community health fairs.

Marissa Maino of Ishpeming lets loose with her heave in the girls shot put during the MHSAA Division 2 Upper Peninsula Finals track and field meet in Kingsford in June 2017. (Shannon Stieg photo)

She earned a Dr. Mary L. Cretens Scholarship for the winter semester when scholarship recipients were named at Bay on March 27.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.

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