The Montana Woman FoundationMeet Mackenzie
By Cindy OBoyle
Hansens is a recipient of one of four scholarships awarded for the
2015-2016 academic year by the Montana Woman Foundation. Mackenzie
Hansen was born and raised on a farm in Gildford, Montana (which is
located in North Central Montana). She attended school at North Star, a
consolidated school district of four small towns along the Hi-Line
(Kremlin, Gildford, Hingham and Rudyard).
Mackenzie shares, My
passion has always been animals. Being a farm girl, I was fortunate to
be surrounded by animals. I always enjoyed adopting a farm kitten
and the ups and downs that came with it. A farm can be a dangerous
place for critters and I learned at an early age that animals could
bring joy to life as well as heartbreak. I have a strong commitment to
helping animals and I want to make a difference by pursuing a career in
Biology/Pre-Veterinary. Animals are important to us and I want to be
that person that shares your joy when you welcome a new puppy into the
family. I want to be the person that saves your dogs life when it
hangs in the balance and every second counts. I need to be the person
who consoles you when you have just lost your best friend. I believe I
will be able to help both the animal and its human on the end of the
leash or halter. I know it will be a challenging yet rewarding career.
It will also be a great way to give back to my community each and every
Mackenize believes it is important to be actively involved
in her community. I have been involved in almost everything during my
high school career from class government to music, church youth group,
FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) HOBY (Hugh
OBrien Youth Leadership), and National Honor Society. I have also
enjoyed being active in all the varsity sports our school has to offer
such as basketball, volleyball, and track and field. Mackenzie has
received All-Conference honors in volleyball and basketball and track
and field. As well as All-State honors in track and field. She served
as team captain in volleyball and basketball for four years and track
and field for two.
In addition, she has helped in her
community with cleaning parks and ditches, raised money for Make a Wish
Foundation and Relay for Life, and volunteered as a youth basketball
coach and helped with Sunday School/Bible School.
graduated from North Star High School in May with a perfect 4.0 GPA for
all four years and was the Valedictorian for her class. She plans on
attending Carroll College in Helena in the fall and pursue a degree in
Anthrozoology while taking Pre-Veterinary courses. After earning her
degrees, she plans on becoming a veterinarian, returning to her
community and practicing in Montana.
Mackenzie is known as a
kind, caring and energetic friend by fellow classmates. Faculty and
community members use words such as dedicated, driven, and hard working
to describe this goal oriented leader.
Pam Renaker of North
Star Public Schools has known Mackenzie for five years and shares,
Mackenzie is a good team person. She works well with any group and
will accept suggestions for the good of the team. She is not afraid to
be the leader when the need arises. She can take charge, handle any
situation and succeed. Her leadership is evident both in her activities
and in the classroom. No matter what is asked of her Mackenzie gives
110% every time. The younger students and her teammates look to her for
guidance and support and she does not fail to deliver them. She has
excelled on her own merit and hard work.
Brian Campbell who is
the Math Teacher/Athletic Director/Coach at North Star Schools admires
Mackenzie as a student, an athlete and a person. Mackenzie has
excelled in all three of those areas. Her drive is amazing. She is
almost always looking for ways to challenge herself and to further her
growth as a student and an athlete.
The Montana Woman Foundation
is honored to be able to assist Mackenzie in the pursuit of her
dreams. We are excited to watch Mackenzie on her path to becoming a
successful woman in her chosen career.
The Montana Woman
Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. Our foundation is
funded primarily by private donation and through collection of
membership fees. Additional revenues are generated through sponsorship
of annual fundraising events. All of these activities make it possible
to provide a number of annual scholarships to deserving women who have
enrolled in Montanas institutes of higher education.
request for support continues to grow as we receive hundreds of
scholarship applications from worthy recipients each year. If you would
like to help enrich the life of a Montana Woman by supporting our
scholarship program, please send your check to:
Montana Woman Foundation
1103 S. Main Street
Kalispell, MT 59901
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