By David Fong
Regional Sports Content Manager
CASSTOWN — In a day and age in which the term “student-athlete” is quickly becoming something of an oxymoron, Angie Mack is living proof is is possible to strike a balance between the classroom and the athletic fields.
“I would say both are very important to me,” the recent Miami East High School graduate said of her passion for academics and athletics. “Recently I got to go to Nicaragua (on a mission trip) and I got to see the difference between education there and education here. I feel very blessed and thankful to have the opportunities I had here. It really opened up my eyes. I feel very fortunate to have had the great teachers and coaches that I have had over the years.”
Mack’s ability to excel both as a student and volleyball and basketball player for the Vikings has earned her a prestigious Ohio High School Athletic Association Scholar-Athlete scholarship. Mack was one of just 49 scholarship recipients from across Ohio and the only Miami County student-athlete from the Southwest District to receive a scholarship.
Scholar-athlete recipients were selected based on a point system which rewarded students for grade point averages; class rank; ACT or SAT scores; varsity letters earned; and individual and team athletic honors. The number of scholarship recipients from each district was based upon the number of schools within the district. The recipients were selected by special committees within each of the OHSAA’s six athletic districts.
“It’s a great honor,” Mack said. “I’m very thankful to be recognized. I was very fortunate to have great teachers, great coaches and great teammates who put me in a position to do well.”
On the volleyball court, Mack helped lead the Vikings to a pair of Division III state championships and four Cross County Conference titles. On the basketball court, she helped lead the Vikings to three Division III district titles and four CCC championships. The time she devoted to her teams’ deep tournament runs never took away from her studies, however.
“I enjoy doing both,” Mack said. “I enjoy learning and I enjoy being on sports teams.”
This fall, Mack will attend Grace College in Indiana, where she’ll play volleyball and major in education. No surprise, Grace College’s academic reputation factored into her decision to attend school there as much as its volleyball program.
“The team grade point average is a 3.5,” Mack said. “They focus heavily on academics there.”