CCI Speer is proud of its Academic All-Star scholarship tradition. CCI/Speer partners with the local TV station, KLEW. Each week, the station features a high school student who excels academically and athletics – in and out of the classroom. At the end of the school year, Mike Overberg, Sr. Operations Manager, Bill Mackleit, Sr. Director of Lewiston and Lonoke Factory Operations and Jeanette LaVance, Contribution Administrator select one stand-out student to receive a scholarship from the company. “We want to reinvest area youth. This is one way to do that – by helping them get to school,” said Mike Overberg.
Mack Hagenbaugh is this year’s recipient of the $1,000 scholarship. Mack graduated from Troy High School with a 4.0 GPA. He was the president of the Troy Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter, a member of the National Honor Society and played hockey. On top of all that, Mack created a Zamboni for the local pond that freezes over for all access-free hockey all winter. Mack will be studying agricultural economics at the University of Idaho.
“Getting a scholarship from a company that makes ammo is pretty cool, pretty close to heart and this will be huge to help me pay for school,” said Hagenbaugh. “I’m so grateful and honored that I was chosen for this. I’m studying agricultural economics at the University of Idaho. So, the goal overall is to get a degree in that which is really safe degree. There are tons of jobs open for that right now. And if I’m feeling it, I’ll go to law school or med school afterward.”
Mack’s father, Ric, shared his thoughts. “Yeah, we were blown away. What a blessing for us. He has worked really hard and we’re really fortunate for a great organization to give money to help with college.”