LCSD Student Wins ACE Outstanding Senior Award!
Congratulations to Maggie Evanek!
Maggie is the recipient of the coveted Access to College Education (ACE) Outstanding Senior Award Scholarship. To be eligible for this outstanding award, Maggie was required to meet a set of detailed requirements, including attendance at ACE related events, an essay, providing a service to her community, and much more – all of which she did with success.
ACE is a program unique to Central New York and is open to students in grades 8 to 12. The program started in 1989 and currently includes 12 school districts within Central New York. Along with these districts, four area colleges also participate – Cornell University, Ithaca College, SUNY Cortland, and Tompkins Cortland Community College. Over 800 students throughout Central New York participate in the ACE program. ACE aims to help students better prepare for higher education and planning their future, inviting students to participate in activities based on their interests.
Thanks in part to her time in the ACE program, Maggie plans to attend college at Campbell University in North Carolina, where she will be studying Kinesiology on the Pre-Physical Therapy studies track.
Read below to hear more from Maggie about her time at Lansing Central School District (LCSD), her success with the ACE program, and her reaction to receiving the ACE Outstanding Senior Award Scholarship.
- What have you enjoyed most about your time at LCSD?
Lansing has opened up so many opportunities for me. I have been involved in sports all throughout my life and being able to contribute to the community with athletics is something I take pride in. Also, I've met all of my friends here – they are so supportive and I cherish them.
- How has your experience been in the ACE program? What made you decide to apply for the ACE Outstanding Senior Award Scholarship?
I have been a part of the ACE program since my freshman year and it has really helped me grow as a leader and a learner. I loved the program and it's helping me prepare for college. I felt it was necessary to apply to the scholarship once I got the ACE outstanding senior recommendation, which recognized my participation and commitment to ACE.
Hearing that I received the scholarship and knowing that my hard work has paid off was such an accomplishment. I know there was a competitive pool of applicants for the award, so I really felt honored finding out that they chose me.
- Has anyone at LCSD been influential in your success throughout school?
Cathy Moseley is the ACE Liaison for LCSD and I just love her. She has helped me so much through my years here at Lansing and I appreciate her so much. Whenever I had something on my mind or needed somewhere to go, her room was always available for me.
- What activities have you been involved in outside of class/outside of school?
I played Varsity Soccer for LCSD for four years, along with year-round soccer. I have also been a member of the varsity golf team for five years. I am in ACE, Link Crew, National Society for High School Scholars, Night of Life, and Yearbook.
- As you prepare for graduation, any advice for incoming LCSD freshmen?
Make the most of your high school experience. It goes by so much quicker than you think it will. Being a senior is so bittersweet. I am ready for the new chapter in my life, but at the same time I'm going to miss all this. High school is so much fun and it's important to realize that early on.
- Any advice for your fellow LCSD Class of 2017 graduates?
I am going to miss you all. Be your incredible selves next year and everyone will love you like we love you here. I wouldn't have wanted to spend the last 13 years with any other group of people. Thank you for everything.