Mackenzie Young

Rockford’s Top 10 Academic Graduates Honored

June 10, 2010 // 0 Comments

In a large school district like Rockford, earning top 10 academic honors is an incredible achievement. Rockford’s top 10 students are an example of excellence for our district. If you see any of these students in the future, congratulate them on their hard work and wish them well in their future endeavors. Rockford will be proudly represented in these students as they work toward their next accomplishments. Ryan Romain Rockford’s top graduating student and valedictorian for the RHS class of 2010 is Ryan Romain, son of Mike and Sheryl and brother to Rachael and Kylie. His graduating GPA is 4.620. Romain said his favorite class is English. Romain is Social Studies Student of the Month, National Honor Society member, and National Jack London Short Story Competition honorable mention. He participated in track and field for four years, cross country one year and bowling two years. He was cross country Athlete of the Month, most improved track athlete his junior year, All-State 4×400-meter relay, and senior All-Conference track athlete. He was in marching band for three years with 1st Division State Solo and Ensemble rating for a saxophone solo his sophomore and junior years. Inspired by other people who set high goals, and either achieve them or exhaust every effort in trying to achieve them, Romain’s advice to freshmen is to “develop strong relationships with your teachers. The teachers at Rockford are amazing, and will do anything they can to help you.” His favorite memory is “during the track and field regional meet last year, our 4×400-meter relay surprised all the competition by dropping several seconds off our previous best time, which qualified us for the state meet—the first 4×400-meter relay team to do so in several years.” Next year, Romain will attend Harvard because “it is an amazing school with limitless opportunities,” where he will major in English and minor in either government or history, and eventually become an attorney. Brian Ginebaugh Rockford’s second-highest graduate in academic achievement is Brian Ginebaugh, son of Charles and Sarah and brother to Scott. He graduates with a GPA of 4.58. Among his favorite classes are anything math and science related. Ginebaugh is a four-year academic letter winner, a member of the National Honor Society, and this year’s salutatorian. […]

Rockford grad one of nation’s top Merit winners

June 10, 2010 // 0 Comments

The National Merit Scholarship Program has announced that Rockford High School senior Mackenzie Young has earned finalist status. In the fall of 2009, 1.5 million high school students in the U.S. took the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Young is one of 15,000 finalists and one of 8,200 Merit Scholarship winners nationwide. At Rockford High School, Young earned a 4.49 grade-point average, was an Odyssey of the Mind world finalist, sang with the high school choir in Washington, D.C., constructed and raised funds for the Habitat for Humanity home with Youth Initiative, and is an academic All-State athlete for varsity tennis. She plans to attend Northwestern University in the fall, considering the field of science research with a possible concentration in biochemistry and molecular biology. Young was recognized for her achievement at the May 24 Rockford Board of Education meeting.

Rockford tennis advances to state finals

May 27, 2010 // 0 Comments

Oops, they did it again! Rockford girls varsity tennis qualified for the state finals after accumulating the necessary 18 points to earn the honor. The stage was set back on May 15 when the Rams hosted the OK Red conference tournament. Rockford earned 45 points, finishing third and providing the positioning needed for preferred seeding at the regional tournament this past Saturday, May 22 in Jenison. Each of the eight flights won their first round in the single elimination regional event. As the day progressed, it started to become a possibility that Rockford would be a contender. All four doubles teams won their second round as two, three and four singles did as well. It happened to be the hottest day of the season, with temperatures reaching over 80 degrees on the courts. All the players were getting anxious to see if their dream would become a reality. As each flight advanced, it became evident the dream was possible. By late afternoon, after each flight contributed points toward the required 18, it was realized that Rockford had 17 points with one match still to play. Junior Alex Stembaugh, playing three singles, had advanced all the way into the final round. Playing as cool as she did all year, Stembaugh beat her worthy opponent from Hudsonville in straight sets. “I expected tough competition going into the match,” said Stembaugh. “I knew I would have to step up my game.” Coach Tom Huizing stated, “This was a hard-fought season. In the OK Red anything can happen on any day. The same holds true in the regionals. Everyone knew what to do and everyone contributed. Alex was amazing at handling the pressure like a veteran player. I’m extremely proud of the entire team. They did it as a team. They got it done.” It looks like spring tennis is blossoming nicely in Rockford. This will be the third year in a row that the team will be going to state finals under the coaching of Huizing. The entire team is thankful for Coach Huizing, all the community for their support, the parents, the press for covering the action each week, their teachers and friends that came out to see them play, JV coach Val Wallace and their number […]

Rockford girls varsity tennis wins one, loses one

May 13, 2010 // 0 Comments

Prior to the Monday, May 3 match-up against Grand Haven, the Bucs presented the Rams with a card signed by their entire team expressing their condolences for the unexpected loss of classmate Stephen May. The kind gesture from the Grand Haven team was very much appreciated by the Ram team, coach and parents. A memorial service that afternoon made the match an emotional one for everyone. The Rockford Rams dug in, played hard and won the match 6-2. Highlights included victories by MJ Bothma (second singles, 7-6, 6-2), Alex Stembaugh (third singles, 6-3, 6-1), and Jenelle Miller (fourth singles, 7-6, 6-2). Second doubles Mackenzie Young and Lindsay Gauger won their flight 6-3, 6-0. Third doubles Tara Murray and Nicole Strobel won their flight in third set action 3-6, 7-5, 6-1. Fourth doubles Megan Zawacki and Julie Daukss also played an exciting third set, winning their flight 7-6, 4-6, 6-4. Rockford hosted Holland West Ottawa on Wednesday, May 5, losing in this tough conference match 6-2. Winning their flights and posting strong performances were Rams Lauren Korlewitz (first singles, 6-1, 6-3) and Bothma (second singles, 6-0, 6-4). Commenting on the team performance so far this season, Coach Tom Huizing stated, “We have had some gutsy wins over Grandville and Grand Haven, that have given me and I’m sure the parents a few gray hairs.” When asked what the team needs to do moving forward, Coach Huizing added, “We need to play tough matches. Win or lose, those matches will make us stronger as we enter into the conference and regional tournaments. The teams that move on to the state tournament are the teams that can handle the pressure in the toughest of matches. I think that our team has made strides over the last couple weeks in dealing with those tough pressure-filled matches. Winning in tennis is such a mental game and when you throw in a pressure-filled scenario, your mind must be in the right place if you plan on being successful. Our team is getting to that point. We’ve done an excellent job making progress, but our season is far from done and we need to continue to make growth in all facets of our game.” The season is half over and Rockford is […]