Miss Seattle’s Outstanding Teen 2018
MacKenzie is a junior at International Connections Academy where she is enrolled in all honors courses and holds a 4.4 GPA. She is passionate about her bullying awareness platform, “#WeighItBeforeYouSayIt” where students can find articles, tips, conversations and encouragement concerning the issue. Her campaign caught the attention of Tariq Trotter of “The Tonight Show” house band, “The Roots” as he recognizes the positive impact of “#WeighItBeforeYouSayIt” and invited his own followers to engage in a social media dialogue about their thoughts and experiences with bullying. In addition, MacKenzie spoke to approximately 1,000 students last year regarding the lifelong consequences bullied victims endure, how to react when students experience it and how to combat it.
A lifelong dancer, MacKenzie has competed nationwide in all genres and received invitations to participate with numerous elite dance teams including NUVO, Encore Performing Arts, International Dance Challenge, Showbiz and Cathy Roe. She has also been the recipient of an abundance of dance scholarships in ballet, jazz, tap and acrobatic dance. Although she is passionate about all genres, her favorite is acro/contortion which allows her to express herself utilizing music and flexibility.
MacKenzie plans to major in filmmaking at New York University, become a filmmaker and ultimately a cast member and host of “Saturday Night Live.” Other future goals include modeling and comedic acting. She has attended improvisational comedy camps at “The Second City” in Chicago, modeled in September 2017, New York Fashion Week and for Seattle-based, Zulily, is represented by two acting/modeling agencies and is invited to participate in a nationwide model/talent search in Los Angeles in spring 2018.
MacKenzie has made lifelong sisters while participating in the Miss America organization. She encourages young women to participate in the Miss Seattle Scholarship Organization as it has provided her not only with scholarship funds, but with life skills like confidence, poise, discipline, motivation and improved public speaking abilities. She invites other teens to contact the Miss Seattle Scholarship Organization and see for themselves how style, scholarship and service opportunities can lead to lifelong success!