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Athlete Concentrating



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Carol Sprys (Forest Hills Central) is a graduate of Bishop Borgess High School and attended Michigan State University.


Carol began her career in education in the Novi Community Schools District in 1996, serving as a paraprofessional and substitute secretary for two years, including a long-term position at Novi Middle School and within the technology department. She was then named transportation secretary for four years, with duties including dispatch and routing, before taking on the athletic secretary position at Novi High School, where she served for 12 years. In 2014, Carol took the athletic secretary position at Forest Hills Central before briefly retiring in 2021. After a few months off, Carol returned to Forest Hills Central as a substitute secretary and athletic event game manager before moving back into her former position as athletic secretary full time in 2022.


Jonathan Goei, athletic director for Forest Hills Central, wrote, “Carol has been the greatest asset to our athletic department. She is a tireless worker and is phenomenal support for not only me, but also every single one of our coaches and student-athletes at Forest Hills Central. She is also an incredible resource for her fellow colleagues, administrative assistants, as she is constantly helping and supporting. Our community sees Carol attending events, whether she is working or not – at home, on the road and on weekends. She supports everybody, which makes her invaluable everywhere. Most of all, Carol is an incredible human being. She loves her job and has no desire for any bit of the spotlight, but deserves every bit of it.”


Carol was responsible for helping to organize the annual coaches retreat at Novi and brought this same program to Forest Hills Central. She was a union representative for Novi schools, organized monthly meetings for secretaries on both the east and west sides of the state to encourage professional development and collaboration and was instrumental in helping to run the MIAAA administrative assistants conference for five years.


A Girls Scout leader for eight years, Carol has also volunteered as Michigan Metro Girl Scout Council co-neighborhood unit service director. She was nominated for the Betty Campion Distinguished Support Service Award for Oakland County schools and will be earning her 20-year distinguished service award from the MIAAA.


Carol has been married to Joe for 39 years and they have two children, son Daniel (Kelsey), who lives in Colorado and was a three-sport athlete at Novi, and daughter Rebecca (Collin), who resides in Texas and was a track athlete and manager for football and wrestling at Novi.



2018 Brenda Greear, Carlson   

2019 Anna Devitt, Hartland   

2020 Sue Jaques, Mattawan

2021 Elizabeth Wilson, Saugatuck

2022 JoEllen Smith, Owosso

2023 Karen Dykema, West Ottawa

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