Goodrich student named ‘Best-of-Best’ by GCI

By David Fleet
Goodrich —  Last month the Genesee Career Institute selected Goodrich Senior McKenzie Clifton as one of the top high school students from throughout Genesee County.
McKenzie, 18, is an Early Childhood Education student and earned a Child Development Associate (CDA) during her two years of enrollment.
The Genesee Career Institute (GCI) provides students with instruction and hands-on learning in programs that help prepare them for immediate entry into the workforce upon completion of their program, or entry into a college-level program.
On May 8, GCI will be hosting their Best of the Best student celebration. The event honors one graduating senior from each program as the best in their field.
“I always wanted to be a teacher,” said McKenzie, who will attend Oakland University where she earned a scholarship this fall. “I saw an opportunity at the Genesee Career Institute where I could teach while in high school, and receive college credits at same time. My students are 3 to 5 years old and are very sweet. I enjoy teaching when students are excited about learning. Also, for many of my students it’s their first time going to school ever and they are often very proud of their accomplishments.”
While attending school, McKenzie has taught at Reid Elementary in the Goodrich School District and currently Harvey Swanson Elementary in the Brandon School District.
Jamie Gooding, is the instructor for the teacher cadet and early child education program at the GCI said McKenzie was selected based on her ambition, attention to grades, attendance, ability to communicate, professional standard and eagerness to learn.
Goodrich High School Assistant Principal Jesse Nardizzi said McKenzie continues to expand her education and broaden her skill set not only in the hallways at Goodrich High School, but also beyond as she strives for academic excellence through her involvement at the Genesee Career Institute.
“McKenzie recently became the only student representative chosen for the prestigious honor of the Mott Community College Early Childhood Education Advisory Board. She is extremely conscientious, caring, and determined. Her positive and giving attitude is evident in her efforts within our peer to peer program at GHS.”
“McKenzie was chosen by GCI as Best of the Best, one of the top high school students in Genesee County. She is an excellent well-rounded student and an amazing person.”

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