Rachel Allen named MCC’s All-Around Senior
SCOTTVILLE — For the second time in four years, Mason County Central senior Rachel Allen was acknowledged as the best in her class Tuesday morning at the school’s annual award ceremony.
Allen received the All-Around Senior award for the class of 2019, just three years after receiving the All-Around Freshman award in her first year at MCC High School.
“I was humbled to receive this award,” Allen told the Daily News. “It was such an honor to be recognized by my school’s faculty and I’m so appreciative of all of the staff members, coaches, classmates and friends who have encouraged me throughout my 12 years at Mason County Central.”
Allen is a student with a host of academic and athletic feats already under her belt, and when she graduates with the rest of her class on Friday evening, she’ll take the step toward continuing her education with an already impressive resume.
“I can only hope that my kids someday accomplish even half as much as Rachel has in her four years here,” John Chalko, student success specialist and senior class adviser, said while presenting the award to Allen. “Her list of accomplishments is just outstanding.”
Allen is a three-season athlete, a Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) scholar athlete and four-year H.G. Bacon award winner. She’s also served four years on student council, has been in the National Honor Society (NHS) for four years and was the freshman homecoming representative.
Chalko spoke about the community service Allen has done as well, from organizing events and participating in NHS student council blood drives, Adopt-a-Highway cleanup and the Spectrum Health Summer Camp Career Program to being a summer basketball camp counselor, among other activities.
Allen has had a successful athletic career in her time at MCC, earning 12 varsity letters in three sports: cross-country, track and field and basketball. Chalko listed her various all-conference, all-state, academic all-conference and academic all-state achievements, noting that she also set a school track-and-field record in the 1,600-meter relay.
She plans to pursue a career in pediatric medicine, and she received the Bruce R. Draper and Donna M. Hinkley-Draper Memorial Scholarship for students who are preparing to go into medical professions.
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