Lakes senior earns national athletic training scholarship

Lakes High School senior Mac Downing has earned the Jack Cramer Scholarship from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA). The $2,000 scholarship is the only high school scholarship given by NATA. Downing submitted three essays: one 500-word essay on why he wanted to become a certified athletic trainer; a 100-word narrative snapshot on what he believes he’ll be doing in five years; and a 300-word essay explaining the vision of his future athletic training program.

“I want to influence the lives of everyone who comes into the training room,” said Downing, who plans to attend Louisiana State University and enroll in the athletic training program. “I want my program to encompass more than just training.”

This school year Lakes began offering a sports medicine program for students interested in pursuing a health care career.

“It’s exciting to have one of my students earn this prestigious scholarship,” said Heather Brown, Lakes’ sports medicine teacher and head athletic trainer. “It really elevates the sports medicine program.”

NATA will fly Downing and a parent to the NATA conference June 23-27 where he’ll receive his scholarship.

Scholarship

Lakes High School senior Mac Downing has earned the Jack Cramer Scholarship from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, the only high school scholarship given by the association.