- Post by: mcalibrary
- January 12, 2024
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MICHAEL FRANCIS MYCHAK TORNADO HERITAGE AWARD
Allison Parker’s involvement at Mount Carmel Area High School, especially with basketball and cheerleading, has earned her this year’s Michael Mychak Tornado Heritage Award. Allison has been a mainstay on the court for Coach Lisa Varano’s tremendously successful girls’ basketball program for the last four years. As the “girl in the middle” for the Tornadoes, Allison has helped her team to three District IV Championships, including the 2016 Championship and one District Bronze Medal. The championships in 2013 and 14 were the tail end of the 4-peat from 2011-14. As a senior captain in 2016, Ali helped the girls to a 21-1 regular season record (25-2 overall) and Heartland Division II Championship for the 6th consecutive year. Allison was named the Ed Romance Chapter Athlete of the Month for December.
Parker is also involved with cheerleading at MCA and has been a varsity squad member for 3 years and currently serves as a captain. She has taught at “Just Gotta Cheer Camp” which teaches girls in the surrounding communities cheers, chants, and dances. It helps to better their skills in cheerleading and teaches them teamwork and perseverance. At another MCA camp, she was nominated for “All American” cheerleader in three out of four years at the camp. She was nominated for her leadership skills and made the actual “All American” cheerleading squad as a senior.
At MCA, Allison is a ThinkBIG Student Leader where the ThinkBIG Pediatric Cancer Fund raises money and awareness for the children getting treatment at the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital at the Geisinger Medical Center. Allison has also spent a lot of time at her church, assisting in picnics during the summer cleaning, prepping, serving, and working game stands.
She has served as Student Council Treasurer as a Junior and Vice President as a Senior. She is involved with the Spanish Club, Reading Club, and AP Calculus Club. Parker has been named Elks Student of the Month and the Rotary Student of the Month. She has been a member of the Junior High National Honor Society and the National Honor Society, earning distinguished honors for every single marking period, and currently ranks in the Top 5 of her class.
Allison plans to attend West Chester University to major in Pharmaceutical Product Development, going on to a career involving pharmaceutical research. She is the daughter of Kevin and Patty Parker of Kulpmont.