Congratulations to senior Mason Collins, who recently received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy (USNA). Collins will be reporting to the Annapolis, MD campus on June 28, 2023.
The current DLS Student Council President, Collins has led his class academically since his freshman year and is the Class of 2023 Valedictorian.
Mrs. Annmarie Michol has worked closely with Mason. “I have witnessed Mason continually displaying respect for others and providing quality leadership within our school as a student-athlete. He is an extremely hard-working young man who is always positive and is an excellent collaborator with adults and his teammates. In addition, he enjoys challenges and is able to assess a problem, analyze what needs to be done, and follow through with the work that is necessary to arrive at a solution: all marks of a true leader.”
A member of the DLS National Honor Society, Collins has been an active student outside of the classroom, with participation in football, wrestling, and baseball. DLS Athletic Director and Head Varsity Football Coach Dan Rohn has high praise for Collins.
“As a coach and athletic administrator for over twenty years, I can count on one hand out of the thousands of athletes I have worked with that rival Mason's commitment to excellence. I am honored to have the opportunity to coach and work with Mason Collins. He exemplifies the type of leadership qualities that we strive to develop in our student-athletes. He leads by example and treats every student and every athlete with respect and dignity. Mason’s unique ability to balance his work responsibilities, academic excellence, and various extracurricular activities has proved to our younger student-athletes that with hard work and dedication you can achieve a high level of success.”
Collins chose to attend De La Salle after playing youth football with the Eastside Eagles. He says many of his teammates had De La Salle connections, and that led him to apply to De La Salle. He had been enrolled in the Warren Consolidated Schools, and was at Carter Middle School for his eighth grade year.
A resident of Warren, Collins and his parents Michael and Bobbi are members of St. Malachy Church in Sterling Heights. One of his two sisters has already graduated from high school and his other sister attends Cousino High School.
Collins says he will take many memories of De La Salle with him, particularly being in the student “Brozone” section at games. He also will carry football memories of the two consecutive state championships.