Casey MacDonald named Student of the Month


Casey racing at the Vail Lake mountain bike race. Photo provided by Donna MacDonald.

Lifelong Canyon Lake resident Casey MacDonald, a senior at Temescal Canyon High School, is among seven Student of the Month Program honorees feted at a recognition luncheon on Jan. 23.

Casey told the audience he applied to the United States Military Academy, West Point, where he hopes to study civil engineering and pursue his dream as a career officer in the U.S. Army. After interviewing with U.S Congressman Ken Calvert’s office, Casey received a nomination and hopes to receive an appointment from West Point.

He had the opportunity to participate in West Point’s prestigious Summer Leaders Experience in June 2017. He was one of 1,000 applicants accepted out of 5,000 applicants who applied nationwide. The one-week seminars are designed to help juniors with their college-selection process while giving them an idea of the importance of leadership and sound decision-making in their education, careers and lives.

Casey at the 2017 Armed Forces Bowl. Photo provided by Donna MacDonald.

Casey has a 4.43 GPA. His school life includes playing varsity football and serving two years as captain of the mountain bike racing team. He finished the 2017 racing season with his highest placing of the year and qualified for the State Championships.

Casey attends Elevation Church where he serves weekly as a volunteer preparing the communion elements for church service. In his spare time, Casey enjoys grilling. He is the three-time champion of Elevation Church’s Tri-Tip-A-Thon. He also enjoys airsofting, bow fishing and golfing.

Casey is the son of Bruce and Donna MacDonald. He has one sibling. His sister Monica attends California State University, Fullerton.

The Student of the Month Program was originally founded in 1992 by Sally Myers, BMW Management, Inc., and celebrates its 22nd year in Lake Elsinore. The Lake Elsinore Valley Chamber of Commerce is the Lake Elsinore host and sponsor.