Stats: 17, Senior at Boyne Falls Public School in Boyne City, MI
- Michigan Press Association 3rd Place Weekly D Sports Columnist of the Year (2013)
- Ranked #1 article on Teen Ink’s website three times
- Gold Prize Winner, Eddy Essay Contest
- Sports Writer for Digital Journal and The Boyne City Gazette
- National Honor Society
- Varsity Basketball, Football, Cross Country, and Track and Field
“I have a lot of responsibility and at the end of the day, it’s making me a better student,” says Kevin.
How it began:
A couple of years ago, Kevin Lange decided to take his love for sports and start a sports blog on Facebook covering national and local sports news. After a while, he reached out to the Editor of The Boyne City Gazette, who at first turned him down explaining how they don’t have any need for sports articles, but about a month and a half later reached back out to Kevin with an opportunity to have his sports articles published in their newspaper.
Kevin’s ambition didn’t just stop there. He signed up for online classes in English and journalism to sharpen his writing skills and had work published several times with Teen Ink, twice in their monthly magazine and three times on their website with his articles ranking #1 out of their submissions. Kevin has also received several other special recognitions as a sports writer such as the 3rd place Weekly D Sports Columnist of the Year with the Michigan Press Association in 2013, Special Recognition for the national Will McDonough Writing Contest, and Gold Prize winner in the Eddy Essay Contest.
At Boyne Falls High, Kevin excels in both academics and athletics. He is a member of the National Honor Society and tutors fellow students in various subject areas. He played varsity football during his freshman year and has received several awards for his involvement in Football, Cross Country, Basketball, Track and Field. Basketball, being his favorite.
Rising Sports Columnist:
Kevin has his eyes set on being “the greatest sports writer to ever live” with the hopes of writing for a major sports publication like Sports Illustrated or ESPN.
Lange's English teacher, Jeff Garver says, "Kevin Lange's consistent dedication to his community, his job as the city's sports columnist, his school, and varsity sports teams is very impressive for his age."
Although Kevin credits his parents for being very supportive of his efforts, he believes his relative Rick Reilly, who taught him to “never write a sentence he’s already written,” provided the most inspiration. “His ability and longevity has been a combo worthy of great respect as a sports columnist,” says Kevin.
Kevin’s parents Mike and Rachel Lange say, “He is very motivated to achieve his goals.”
They’ve encouraged him in his efforts to reach his full potential by giving him books to help him get inspired and helping him proofread his articles.
Parent to Parent:
Kevin’s mom Rachel Lange says, “Both of my parents were college professors, so I knew early on the importance of higher education.”
They taught her to pay attention and the old saying that “you never know when you might learn something new.”
Rachel advises other parents to “encourage them in every way possible and let them know you believe in them.”