At the beginning of her freshman year, Mackenzie told her
then-English teacher, now Assistant Principal, Mrs. Cox that she was going to
graduate with her diploma from Reynoldsburg High School and her Associate’s
Degree from Columbus State Community College. On May 21, she will do just that.
The BELL senior is “the perfect example that you can
graduate with your diploma and Associate’s Degree,” said BELL Assistant Principal
Mrs. Cox. “The BELL Academy offers the classes and structure for students to be
successful, and take advantage of College Credit Plus and Columbus State
And take advantage she did! When Mackenzie heads to Alverno
College in Milwaukee, she will take 64 college credits with her. Depending on
which credits transfer, she could potentially enter the college as a junior.
“Mackenzie is very motivated,” said Mrs. Cox. “When she
puts her mind to something, she gets it done.”
In addition to her academic career, Mackenzie is a
volleyball player and signed with Alverno to play as a hitter on their team.
She is also in the concert orchestra and has a job outside of school, working
for a modeling agency as not only a model, but an event planner.
“I knew getting my Associate’s was possible but I didn’t
think I could really do it until my junior year,” said Mackenzie. “I worked
with my teachers and my counselors and they supported me and I achieved my
While much of the credit goes towards her teachers and
counselors, Mackenzie says her mother is her biggest cheerleader. “She is
always by my side and always believed in me,” she said.
Mackenzie plans on studying bio-medical science and wants
to go pre-med. She plans on being a psychiatrist, but isn’t ruling out other
opportunities. “I play the violin, so I might minor in Music Performance,” she
Mrs. Cox wants students to take advantage of the College
Credit Plus Program as well as the flexible class times at CSCC. “For any
student that wants to go to college, the opportunities are there,” she said.
“Columbus State offers night classes, Reynoldsburg High School grants hours for
college classes, there are numerous ways to succeed.”
Mackenzie’s advice? Believe in yourself. “Don’t listen to
the naysayers. Anything is possible. Work hard and it’s amazing what you can
do,” she said.