Makenzie is currently a senior at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, pursuing a double major in Communications and Sports, Outdoor Recreation, and Tourism (SORT). She is also a leader of the cross country and track teams. After graduation, Makenzie intends to get her Master’s Degree in Business.
Growing up in East Tennessee, Makenzie spent most of her life outdoors. She experienced both traditional and adventure sports, including water and snow skiing, soccer, basketball, swimming, cycling, gymnastics, and running, just to name a few. During her school career, cross country and track became her competitive focus. She earned multiple local, state, regional, and a couple of national awards and recognitions. Some of those include 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 important than her persistence, passion for knowledge, and fitness, Makenzie attributes 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.”
By overcoming life’s challenges and being grateful for the new opportunities, Makenzie finds 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 fulfillment life, too.
Family, Friends and Food
When she is not training or studying, Makenzie enjoys many activities. A few of them include reading, doing Bible study, spending time with family and pets, and crafting. She is also a freelance writer and pet/house sitter. Makenzie also finds it gratifying to cook for friends and family. She enjoys spending 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.
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