Makenzie is currently a senior at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where she is pursuing a double major in Communications and Sports, Outdoor Recreation, and Tourism (SORT) while being a leader of the cross country and track teams. After graduation, she intends to get her Master’s Degree in Business.
Growing up in East Tennessee, Makenzie has inevitably spent most of her life outdoors in both traditional and adventure sports including water and snow skiing, soccer, basketball, swimming, cycling, gymnastics, and running just to name a few. Over the course of school, cross country and track became her most competitive sports, where she earned multiple local, state, regional, and a couple national awards and recognitions such as course and school records, a state title, featured in Runner’s World Running Times Magazine, and received a full-ride scholarship to continue running in college. Not only was she a superb athlete, but she also excelled in school with a 4.0 all the way through.
More importantly than her own persistence and passion for knowledge and fitness, she attributes any and all of her successes to her relationship with the Lord. “I’ve had some great accomplishments along the way, but I am not without my share of failures and struggles. There are things that I don’t understand how I made it through, but I know that God has given me grace and opportunities so that I can use my experiences to help others.” In overcoming life’s challenges and being grateful for the new opportunities that each day brings, Makenzie has found joy in the simple pleasures of life, seeing each day as a blessing. She wants to use her talents, passions, and opportunities to #CelebrateEveryDay and share with others how they can find fulfilling life in whatever they do as well.
When she is not training or studying, she enjoys cooking, reading, doing Bible study, writing, being outside, petting her cat and dog, spending time with family, and making crafts. She is also a freelance writer and pet/house sitter. One of the most fulfilling activities for her is to cook for friends and family and enjoy spending some time together. “There is a reason Jesus often met with people around a meal table!” She also loves to travel, searching out all the best local spots to eat, especially unique ice cream. We love having Makenzie as an Ambassador for National Day Calendar and look forward to hearing all about her latest adventures.