The future Michigan State Spartan becomes first-ever Lumberjack to earn the high school honors
by Bryan Fongers, Muskegon Lumberjacks
With any student-athlete, the workload and responsibilities of competing at the highest level while maintaining your studies in school can be mentally and physically demanding at times. For recent Lumberjacks alumnus Carson Gatt, the defenseman has been able to divide his time between the two masterfully during his senior year at Mona Shores High School. For his efforts, the Farmington Hills, Michigan native recently became the first Lumberjack to earn the “Student of the Month” honors since the organization joined the USHL beginning in the 2010-11 season.
“It feels good to earn this prestigious honor (from Mona Shores), and it’s a great accomplishment to be able to balance my academics with hockey effectively,” shared Gatt. “As a whole, this honor is a great representation of how the Lumberjacks, as an organization, take pride in their players getting a first-rate education and putting school first in order to become a well-rounded student-athlete.”
During his final year of high school, Gatt has posted a spectacular 4.334 grade point average (GPA) that includes taking two Advanced Placement classes in Literature and Composition and Government and Politics for college credit.
In his three years prior with Detroit Catholic Central High School, Gatt recorded 9 goals and 34 assists in 82 games played and received numerous postseason accolades to go along with notable academic achievements. The following is the list of accomplishments both on and off the ice for Gatt during his time with the Shamrocks:
- 2012-13: Division I First Team All-State and Michigan Interscholastic Hockey League (MIHL) First Team North Division
- 2012-13: National Honors Society member during his junior year
- 2011-12: Division I Second Team All-State and MIHL Honorable Mention
- 2010-13: Gabriel Richard Award recipient for having a 3.5 GPA or above during all four marking periods in all three years
Along with earning the April “Student of the Month” honors and putting forth the hard work in the classroom, Gatt spent this past season on the ice with the Lumberjacks and totaled five goals and eight assists in 38 games played.
Beginning in the fall, Gatt will attend and play for the Spartans of Michigan State University and has big goals in store with numerous options available for his future off the ice if hockey happens to not work out after his college days are over.
“I plan on majoring in either the medicine or law fields, but also being a politician is something that has always interested me as well,” said Gatt. “To me, it’s more important to focus on getting good grades because, at the end of the day, you can’t play hockey the rest of your life and still need a valuable education. Overall, the number of people that make it into the NHL from college is pretty slim, so it’s vital to have a backup plan in the works. Education is everything.”
Since the organization made the jump over to the USHL four seasons ago, the Lumberjacks and Mona Shores High School have maintained an outstanding relationship in which all of the high school-aged players attend “The Home of the Sailors” to continue and eventually finish their high school education.
The “Students of the Month” are chosen and decided upon by the Mona Shores faculty based on the following criteria:
- Outstanding service to school and/or community
- Outstanding achievement and/or award recognition
- Outstanding academic achievement
- Compassion towards others
- Compliance with school rules/policies
- Represents the Mona Shores Public Schools in a positive way
- Shows respect for diversity on and off school grounds
USHL stats - Carson Gatt
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