Displaying his skills at running back and returning kickoffs, Stoker said, “Ferris made me grow up as a person and really made me mature. You either sink or swim.”
Racking up 230 all-purpose yards at Saginaw Valley State highlighted Stoker’s career, as the 2012 GLIAC Honorable Mention honoree has earned three Ferris letters. “Right now I’m training to go try out for the NFL Draft. If that doesn’t happen, I still have some more school because I’m going into administration, and one day I want to be a sports administrator at a high school,” Stoker said.
An offensive lineman from Battle Creek, Smolinski has started every game in 2010 and 2011. He has received three Ferris letters since becoming a Bulldog. Smolinksi is also the winner of the “Bill and Lynne Scheible Scholarship Award for Tomorrow’s Team Offensive Player of the Year, GLIAC All-Academic Excellence Team. “
Earning 2011 and 2012 All-GLIAC First Team honors, Moss was a standout linebacker for the Bulldogs this season. Growing up in South Rockwood, Moss said, “Coach Annese made us play more like a team, and gave us comradery and taught us to have each other’s backs.” Moss also enjoys baseball and basketball and has bigger plans for the future, “I plan on going to grad school for psychology,” said Moss.
Procunier, who grew up in Davidson, is a forward for the soccer team. She started in 15 matches this season and other than soccer enjoys reading and golf. “Ferris taught me that I’m able to stand out, and if you ever have any problems that teachers will help you,” Procunier said. She earned three Ferris letters throughout her career and plans on going into radiology as she said, “After college, I plan to get a job as an x-ray tech.”
Growing up in Granger, Ind., Miller played in all games in 2012 and helped lead the Bulldogs to a GLIAC North Division Championship and an NCAA tournament berth as a middle hitter. “Ferris taught me that life is hard work. When things get tough, you can’t give up,” Miller said. She earned two Ferris letters in her career and also enjoys photography. Miller said, “I plan on becoming a pharmacist and I’m applying for pharmacy school now.”
Iskow, who hails from Bad Axe, plays defensive end for the football team. “Ferris was great and gave me an opportunity to grow both athletically and professionally,” Iskow said. Earning three Ferris letters in his time, he was also a 2012 All-GLIAC First Team. His interests include cooking, hockey and track. “I plan to enter the NFL Draft, and if that doesn’t work out go into the management industry as a sports manger,” Iskow said.
As a social studies education major at Ferris, senior defensive back Barrera completed his last season as an athlete ranked third in total tackles with 76. Barrera did not complete the season as he expected to due to receiving a shoulder injury in the Bulldogs homecoming game against Hillsdale, Oct. 13. Barrera plans to assist defensive back coach Ryan Hodges to earn coaching experience while he finishes his degree at Ferris. “Being one of the leaders on the team, I knew what to expect out of our athletes and the coaching staff really helped improve what we needed to do to be a better team,” Barrera said.
As a captain for the volleyball team, Fordyce claimed All-GLIAC First Team honors as a setter. “I think Ferris has taught me about all of my life lessons, whether it is the volleyball team or in class it helped me work together as a team and become successful in life,” Fordyce said. The senior who hails from DeWitt enjoys movies, singing and dancing and has earned three Ferris letters. As for what’s next Fordyce said, “I’m going to grad school here for the optometry program and hopefully one day I can become a doctor around the Grand Rapids area helping people see better.”
A defensive end from Chicago, Ill., Morgan was a 2012 Pre-Season All-American and earned defensive MVP of the team in 2012. “Coach Annese changed things by making everything about the team and it really helped us improve,” Morgan said. He has earned three Ferris letters and is planning on majoring in history education.