WAPAKONETA — Makenzie Wilson, 18, an incoming senior at Wapakoneta High School, hopes to go to college to study Early Childhood Education.
“I love working with kids. We always have youth camps with volleyball and basketball and I love them. I think they’re so much fun. I always want to be with the younger kids and just teaching them to play sports. I just think it would be fun to teach them in school,” said Wilson.
She hasn’t decided where she’ll attend college.
“I hope to play basketball in college. I’ve been approached by a couple of Division III schools,” she said. “I would like a smaller school to play basketball at because sometimes when you get into a bigger school it kind of controls your life. I want my education to be first.”
Her experience on the basketball and volleyball court should help her later in life.
“I’m captain on both teams so it has definitely helped my leadership skills. I’ve definitely learned how to lead even in tough situations like when we’re losing. I need to help bring the team together,” she said.
She’s also involved in quite a few clubs at Wapakoneta High School: Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Spanish Club, the Western Buckeye League Sportsmanship Committee, National Honor Society, student senate and served as the Class of 2020 vice president. “It’s a lot of responsibility. It shows that I am one of the top people in my class leadership-wise and while it feels nice to know that, it also brings a lot of responsibility.”
Wilson is appreciative of the experience she’s had at Wapakoneta High School.
“Wapak’s kind of big, but it’s also kind of small so I love the smaller aspect and there are so many opportunities with classes and groups to get involved in. The teachers are really understanding and they give us a lot of opportunities,” she added.
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