CCCA Student of the Week spotlight for Feb. 22-26

Mackenzie Banta

Calhoun High School 12th grader, Mackenzie Banta, is the Calhoun College and Career Academy Student of the Week for February 22-26, 2021.

Mackenzie has taken six dual enrollment classes. Mackenzie’s dual enrollment English teacher, Jennifer W. Smith, nominated Mackenzie stating, “Mackenzie works diligently both in class and outside of class. She is always attentive and never afraid to ask difficult questions. Her curiosity is something that sets her apart in class, and her participation always opens new avenues of discussion. She is always open-minded and willing to work hard to understand concepts that are new.”

Mackenzie chose dual enrollment English courses after taking AP and finding a love of writing. She wanted to work on time management before being involved in college courses full time. Mackenzie plans to major in neuropsychology and obtain a doctoral degree. She wants to work in the children’s neuropsychology department at Emory University. Mackenzie played varsity volleyball for the Lady Jackets and is participating in the work-based learning as an education intern.

Mackenzie is very thankful that CCCA offers an opportunity to explore the college world through dual enrollment. When asked about her thoughts on dual enrollment English course Mackenzie stated, “Dual enrollment has helped me learn to be more responsible for my classwork. I like taking Mrs. Smith’s classes ... she’s a good teacher!”

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