FLINT TWP. — Mackenzie Travis works in the Carman-Ainsworth High School office during third hour with a clear view of the entrance doors and people coming and going.
So a ruse was staged, including acquiring Mackenzie to give visitors a school tour, to prevent her from seeing the media and her parents arriving for a press conference.
Mackenzie was the guest of honor but didn’t know it. The guided tour and a mock press conference about the recent Hazardous Waste Collection held at CAHS were part of a ruse to surprise Mackenzie with the news that she has been selected as the very first recipient of the first-ever $2,500 Volunteer Leadership Scholarship from Carman Cougar Charities Corporation (CCCC).
Barely a year old, CCCC formed last summer to plan a reunion for alumni of Carman High School (which merged with Ainsworth in 1986). The group formerly organized as a nonprofit in October to provide ongoing assistance to C-A students and programs.
Cougar alumni Alan F. Himelhoch, class of 1981, and Lori Vedder, class of 1979, presented the scholarship to Mackenzie.
Vedder, the CCCC scholarship committee chairman, said Mackenzie was chosen because of her outstanding leadership qualities and volunteerism. Besides being a good student, she is active at her church and has participated in numerous community volunteer activities including mission work in Haiti.