Congratulations to Nathan Mackey(JR) and Kylie Park(SR) on being named the Mead High School April Scholar award winners for April. Both student-athletes have demonstrated a level of dedication to both their studies and their sports. Nathan, a junior, is a track and field athlete competing for the first time while Kylie was a standout tennis player for our three year old program. Both have left their mark on Mead High and we are thankful for that.
Kylie, a senior captain for the successful lady Mavs tennis team has had quite the career at Mead High School in the classroom and on the tennis courts. Sporting a 4.2 GPA and ranking in the top 15 in her class, needless to say Kylie has excelled in the classroom. Her transcript is littered with AP classes, women’s ensemble performances and needless to say a whole lot of A’s.
On the court Kylie and Jill Cowley qualified for the state tournament at 1 doubles. Her impact goes well beyond that however. When I asked Coach Holskin about Kylie, he couldn’t have had higher praise, “Kylie Park is a senior, co-captain of the tennis team and has qualified for the Division 3A state tennis tournament with her doubles partner Jill Cowley. Kylie is truly a model student athlete: in practice and during matches she leads by example. Her determination is evident in how hard she runs after every ball and fights for every point, all while demonstrating the exemplary level of sportsmanship, integrity and class expected of a team captain. It’s very apparent that the younger players look up to her on and off the court, as well they should. The example she sets continues in the classroom, where she has maintained all A’s while taking 3 AP classes (AP Statistics, AP Psychology and AP Human Geography) and singing an integral part in both the Mead Women’s Ensemble and the Mead Chamber Singers, two choral groups that have wowed and entertained audiences here at Mead and in various high level competitions throughout the region.”
When I asked Kylie about her life at Mead and her dedication to being successful, Kylie had this to say, “One of my goals in life is to reach my fullest potential in everything I do. I always work hard academically and in athletics and I am always looking for ways I can better myself. Finding success in both of these categories shows me that my hard work and dedication has payed off.”
We then talked about how Mead HS has prepared and helped Kylie to her success.
“The teachers and coaches I have had at Mead High School have taught me so much and have encouraged me to try my hardest. They have given me the knowledge and motivation to be successful and have given me the opportunity to push myself and go a long way academically and athletically. I have been able to be successful in AP classes and have been able to go to state twice for tennis. I could not have done this without my fantastic coaches and teachers at Mead High School. “
After Kylie walks across the stage tomorrow afternoon as an honor grad, her future includes going to BYU where she will major in animation while continuing her athletics in their intramural programs.
BYU is lucky to have you and we are lucky to call you a Mav for life.
Nathan Mackey, a junior at Mead gave track and field a try this year to add to his resume which includes being a first team all-state running back for the Mead football program. His commitment to making Mead a better place while also having an outstanding academic track record separates him from most of his peers. Nathan’s 3.7 GPA, coupled with advanced mathematics and multiple AP classes are usually enough to keep any student busy. However Nathan’s dedication to Mead athletics and also helping tutor at the elementary have set him on a course for success well beyond his time at Mead High.
When I asked Coach Reynolds about how Nathan has helped his large track team out this year he said “Nathan Mackey is consistently contributing to MHS on the field and in the classroom. He has been a vital part of our sprinting team this year, and is a great leader for both the young and older athletes. He never complains and is willing to help the team whenever and wherever it is needed. The more Nathan Mackey’s we have, the more successful Mead track and Mead High will be”
When I talked to Nathan about the importance of excelling in both athletics and academics he had this to say, “It is important to me because I wish to continue my athletic career past high school so succeeding in the athletic field is in important for pursuing my dreams. Academically succeeding will help me personally get into college and reflect well on my sports teams and school.”
I then asked Nathan to explain how Mead has helped prepare him for all of life. “The Mead sports philosophy is always to create better people in the community before winning. This has translated into many successful seasons on and off the field. Going forward in my life and my career past high school I will take the lessons from my coaches and peers about leadership and doing the right thing and apply them to all parts of my life.”
We can’t wait to see what Nathan’s senior year has in store for Mead High both in the classroom and in the sports arenas.
Congrats to both Kylie and Nathan, both great representatives of Mead High, the community and their families.