Loyalty and hard work; Mackin's leadership is golden
Bartlett High School senior Bradley Mackin is this weeks' very deserving "Scholar Athlete of the Week". Mackin is the captain for his school's hockey team, a program that has struggled in recent years. According to head coach Mike Vandenbos, Mackin had an opportunity to leave Alaska his senior year to advance his career via the junior hockey circuit. He decided to stay with Bartlett to help change the culture for a program, through a sport he's passionate about.
"I love hockey. I've been playing since I was three years old," Mackin said. "We have good work ethic, a lot of passion. A lot of these kids grow up not being able to play hockey, but they get the chance here."
Inspiring his teammates and impressing his school administrators, Mackin is well rounded. Loyalty an obvious trait, but he also sets an example in the classroom. He maintains a 4.05 grade point average and is currently applying to college, looking to pursue engineering or medicine.
On the ice, Mackin helped lift Bartlett to their first Cook Inlet Conference win in years, scoring the game winner to upset Eagle River on December 6th. With a goal of leaving the Bartlett hockey program better than he found it, Bradley Mackin is well on his way.