On Wednesday, May 18, Sports Illustrated traveled to Belding High in Belding, Mich., to honor senior third baseman/catcher Greta Wilker as the SI High School Athlete of the Month for May, presented by the U.S. Marine Corps.
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Greta Wilker practices commands with Porsche, a seven-month-old golden retriever she is training for Paws With a Cause. Porsche is the fourth dog Greta has trained for the national service dog organization.
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Belding High’s valedictorian for the class of 2016, Greta grins for a picture with U.S. Marine Corps representatives. Pictured from left to right are SSgt Michael Molesta, Greta, SSgt Alan Newstead and GySgt Teodulfo Nunez.
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Greta was featured in the May 16 issue of Sports Illustrated.
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Amanda Chidester, a member of the U.S. National softball team, greets Greta and Porsche in joining Sports Illustrated and the U.S. Marine Corps to recognize Greta as the SI High School Athlete of the Month.
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Greta Wilker, a four-sport athlete who will play softball at Emory next year, poses with a signed USA Softball poster gifted to her by women’s national team member, Amanda Chidester.
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GySgt Teodulfo Nunez encourages a Belding High student as he give it his all on the Marines' pull-up bar challenge.
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SI gave out freebies including water bottles, sunglasses and copies of SI to Belding High students.
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Belding High students pose for their own SI cover photo shoot.
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Greta Wilker and her softball coach Mikayla Linebaugh embrace as Greta holds the framed copy of her write-up in Sports Illustrated that she was presented with at the school’s end-of-year athletics awards ceremony.
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