MacDonald: More than just 'sporty'
By Emily Cauffman
Published May 23, 2019
At first glance, someone like McKenna MacDonald might be tough and sporty. She would also seem almost intimidating with her tall stature and strong attitude. It wouldn’t be difficult to assume that she didn’t like you when you first talk to her. Kenna is nice but she is also bold and not afraid to tell you what is on her mind. At times, it can feel scary but as you spend more time with her, you start to get comfortable. She is the type to worry about other people’s state of mind or state of body and with just the right amount of humor, it’s not that hard to make her laugh.
Kenna participates in a few sports, including volleyball, basketball and softball. Kenna has been in varsity basketball and volleyball since freshman year and she has received a triathlete pin in varsity since sophomore year. Although Kenna does not like burning out in her sports activities, she loves being around so many new people. She works hard to keep in good condition and to do her best in whatever game she is participating in, making it easy for her peers and younger students to admire her. Sometimes it’s hard to juggle sports, school and work, but she makes it work out. Kenna works every other Saturday and tries to get her homework done during the day before practice or sports events.
As a senior at Aitkin High School, she really loves her online astronomy class. Kenna would say that she likes learning about the stars and the northern lights. One thing about Kenna that stands out is that she is pretty good at math, it comes very easy to her. She really likes College Algebra and finds it fairly easy. She wouldn’t say the same for her online photography class, but she still enjoys it. She strives to go to college and become a radiologist.
Most of Kenna’s hobbies come from her family. Her parents used to take her to the beach a lot, so she grew fond of swimming. Her dad also took her ice skating every day when she was little for two hours at a time and she came to enjoy it. She is very proud of the person that she has become. “I’ve grown into a better person than what I used to be,” McKenna said. She has most certainly matured and struggled through becoming an adult on her own. The best piece of advice she had ever received was “to be who you are and if someone didn’t like you, you should be okay with that.”
McKenna MacDonald has been student of the month this year and SnoDaze queen, but she is also afraid of dying and wishes she wouldn’t hate some people like she does. Kenna may seem intimidating but she is motivated and most importantly, human.