Even though she is just 15 years old, Smithton High School sophomore McKenzie Treese has her future sights and goals set high.
“I would truly love to go to college overseas,” said Treese. “But if that’s not possible, my goals are set on a college near the ocean, such as Florida State or South Carolina University. Both have great athletic programs for softball and volleyball. And they have amazing courses for marine biology.”
Treese has a good start toward that lofty goal. She has a 3.94 grade point average on a 4.0 scale, scored a 26 the second time she took the ACT and plans to take it as many times as is necessary to try for a 31 or 32 to attain a Bright Flight Scholarship. She is ranked #1 academically in her over-35 member sophomore class.
She is taking Algebra II, a weighted class, this year and plans to take more. She said she would take several college credit courses this summer to be ahead of the academic game when she enters college.
“Definitely academics are more important than sports,” said Treese. “Sports are for the body,” she said. “Academics are for the brain. You’re definitely not going to get a Phd (doctorate degree) in sports.”
Treese plays both softball and volleyball at Smithton and used to play basketball through her eighth grade season.
Besides the softball and volleyball teams at Smithton, Treese is Secretary of the FCCLA, is a member of the FBLA, the SMASH (Math) Club, Science Club and Secretary of the Spanish Club.
A hitter for the volleyball Tigers and a standout pitcher for the softball team, Treese has played two years of volleyball and is in her second season of softball at Smithton.
Treese has earned All Kaysinger Conference honors in softball.
She began playing softball in the second grade and came up through traveling leagues, junior high and now is in her second season of varsity softball. She started playing volleyball in seventh grade in junior high school and has played for a team in the Sedalia Volleyball Club and has played two varsity seasons at Smithton.
Asked which of the two sports she likes the best, Treese cringed.
“I knew you were going to ask me that,” Treese said, then thought for a minute.
“I like both sports,” said the diplomatic Treese.
When asked about a high school athletic highlight, Treese thought for a minute and a big grin crossed her face.
“It would have to be when we (Smithton softball team played Northwest in the Kaysinger Conference Tournament championship game last year,” Treese said. “No one gave us a chance. I don’t think Smithton had gone that far in a long. We could have won that game.
She played traveling soccer in fifth and sixth grade.
When not in school or playing sports, Treese enjoys deep sea fishing in Florida with her father, reading, running and working out.
Treese has two half-sisters: Anastacia Mitchell, , state of South Carolina; and Christy Treese, of the state of Oregon.
Treese is the daughter of Donald Treese, Smithton, and Shannon Treese (Butler).