Mackenzie Brooks, daughter of Rebecca and Jason Brooks, has been selected as the Menomonie Optimist Youth of the month for January. Mackenzie is a senior at Menomonie High School, and throughout her years here, she has been involved in a variety of activities both in and outside of school.
For the past two years, Mackenzie has been a member of Menomonie’s National Honor Society and also has a place on the honor roll. She has enjoyed a wide range of classes offered at MHS, but her favorites include orchestra, Spanish, and biology. Although very different, these classes have helped Mackenzie become a well-rounded student with multiple areas of interest.
Outside of academics, Mackenzie is involved in a variety of both school and non-school activities. One of Mackenzie’s favorite extracurricular activities is DECA (an association of marketing and business students) where she serves as a chapter officer. DECA has been a huge part of Mackenzie’s life since her freshman year. Through DECA, she has been able to plan and take part in numerous community service activities. She is also an active competitor in her chapter. She will be attending state for the fourth time this March and hopes to travel to the nationals competition as she did last year.
Mackenzie is also active in Menomonie’s orchestra program. Since the beginning of her sixth grade year, she has played the violin and is currently first chair violinist in Menomonie’s String Orchestra. Mackenzie also loves going down to the middle school and supporting the students during their concerts by tuning instruments and watching the performance.
Mackenzie has also been involved in two musical productions at the high school as part of the pit orchestra. She has played for Beauty and The Beast pit and is currently playing in The Addams Family pit.
Mackenzie fills her time by participating in Link Crew (in which she mentors incoming freshmen), volunteering at her church, and working at Arbor Place Inc. where has had the opportunity to implement an event that worked on self-esteem building activities with a group of middle school girls.
Through her work, she has also led the group that put on the Walk, Run, Roll Over Bullying event in September 2016 (a bullying awareness event that was open to the community) and is currently planning the second Walk, Run, Roll Over Bullying that will take place in April.
After she graduates in May, Mackenzie plans to attend Bethel University in St. Paul, Minn. where she will be studying for a bachelor of science degree in biology.