FLINT TWP. — Wrapping up its first year of participating in the Saginaw Valley League high school athletic association, Carman-Ainsworth High School is recognizing two scholar athletes and a Teacher of the Year.
Aaron DuPree and Monica Townsend are the scholar athletes and Carrie Mattern is the Teacher of the Year. All three were recently honored at a SVL Awards Ceremony in Saginaw where similar recognition was given for all participating schools.
DuPree has been an active member of the C-A wresting team for four years and is a is a two-time district champion and a two-time All-Academic Big Nine and Saginaw Valley Award winner, according to C-A principal Rory Mattar.
He holds a 3.5 GPA, is active in his church, is a former Civil Air Patrol member and has earned a Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout Award.
He plans to attend the United States Naval Academy. His parents are Leon and Lisa DuPree.
Townsend has participated in soccer and volleyball and was named First Team All Saginaw Valley for the 2012 volleyball season, Mattar said. She currently holds two CAHS Volleyball records, one as the single season highest setting percentage and secondly for the most defensive digs in a single season which stands at 777.
She hold a 3.3 GPA and plans to attend Eastern Michigan University, majoring in biology. Ultimately, she plans to earn a degree in Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University. She is the daughter of Michael and JoLene Townsend.
Mattern currently teachers English 11 and English 12 and was once a student athlete herself, Mattar said.
“She is an enthusiastic teacher with passion and a true compassion for her students,” he said.
She also sponsors a student group called EFA with stands for Empathy for All which was created as an anti-bullying effort.
Mattern also leads a group of student volunteers who collect new and used children’s books to give to elementary students. Mattern also has written three children’s books and one young adult novel. She and her husband, Paul, have three children, Claire, 7, Leo, 5, and 1- month-old Pearl.