- Post by: mcalibrary
- December 20, 2023
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OUTSTANDING SCHOLAR ATHLETE
Ed Romance loved athletes. He considered athletics the highest form of expression for a Coal Region Kid…The Hall of Fame was his idea of how our great athletes could serve as ideals for the rest of us. And when a great athlete was also a great student, or was able to equal his success on the field with similar success in life, Ed Romance loved it even more.
Ed Romance would have been crazy about Mike Higgins.
Mike won the job as starting quarterback during the pre-season practice his freshman year at Mount Carmel: and he went on to start 50 consecutive games…culminating with his score of the winning touchdown in the State Championship Game.
On his way he has accumulated career records for yards passing, completions and touchdown passes; and has been named to every All Star and All State Team of significance. In addition, he is four-year varsity letter winner in basketball, and is co-captain of that squad.
Michael has been ranked number one in his class academically throughout his school career. He is expected to hold that ranking through graduation this year.
He has dine it all. ATHLETICS in the form of breaking records; PERFORMANCE IN THE CLUTCH, in the form of scoring the winning touchdown, on what was actually a broken play; LEADERSHIP, in the form of being elected captain of his teams, and class president; and SCHOLARSHIP, in the form of compiling a 98 plus average over 12 years.
Mike is also active in school plays, student government and service organizations. Over the 17 years that this club has honored student athletes, we have had some great ones, but Ed Romance really would have loved Mike Higgins.