Petoskey’s Cooper Rokop completes inspiring goal for athletics record

PETOSKEY – When he was only in middle school, recent Petoskey graduate Cooper Rokop went through one of the most challenging times he’ll ever experience in his life.

Rokop’s mother, Jeanette, passed away unexpectedly in then 2018 when he was only in eighth grade at Petoskey Middle School.

That challenging time then turned into another challenge taken on by Rokop.

Petoskey's Cooper Rokop finished out a strong cross country season once again at the Division 2 state finals.

“When my mother passed away, I was in awe of the support from my teachers at the middle school, parents and the community as a whole,” said Rokop. “It made a huge difference at the time to help me deal with the loss. I wanted to do something to thank them and show other kids that have also lost a parent that they can still work hard and do great things.

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