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Mackenzie Heck, Kimberly

FVA Spotlight: Mackenzie Heck, Kimberly Cross Country/Basketball/Soccer

Each week during the 2014-15 year beginning in late October, the Fox Valley Association will feature two student-athletes (one male and one female) from one of its 10 schools for a "Student-Athlete Spotlight" Q & A segment. The segments will be posted every Tuesday and Thursday and individuals are selected by the school.

Name: Mackenzie Heck 

School: Kimberly

Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer

Other school clubs/activities: Link Crew, National Honors Society, and Life Force 

Parents’ names: John and Kathy Heck 

Siblings’ names: Michael 

Favorite aspect of your school: My favorite aspect of my school is hands down the immeasurable amount of opportunities there are for each and every individual to succeed. I am constantly amazed as to how many different avenues there are for people to get involved in and take advantage of, and to see kids taking advantage and getting huge rewards from the opportunities available is a really neat thing to see and be a part of. 

Favorite aspect about being involved in school activities: My favorite part about being involved in school activities is being able to spend time with my best friends! They are the greatest support system, greatest time, and greatest people, and I've created so many lifelong memories and learned so many valuable lessons by being involved in school activities. 

If you have been involved in community service projects, which has been most rewarding and why? The most rewarding community service project for me was going on the Catholic Heart Work Camp mission trips. These trips are very eye opening and allow you the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate than you and truly make you aware of how good you have it! 

College or post-high school plans: Attend either the University of Minnesota or UW-Madison

Desired Major: Biology

Desired Career Field: Physician's Assistant or Pediatrician 

What is your favorite class? Biology 

Who is your favorite teacher? Mr. Hagmann 

Favorite book: Anything by Nicholas Sparks

Favorite youth coach: Brian Smarzinski or Phil Cartwright 

What is the best advice one of your coaches has given you? One of my favorite coaches told me that in order to succeed I must continually work as hard as I can each and every day to be not only the best athlete but the best teammate and leader I can be, and the only person I should strive to be better than is the person I was yesterday. 

Something people would be surprised to know about me is…: I had braces for 7 years!

Favorite place to play on the road in the FVA? Neenah 

Favorite athlete to compete against in the FVA: Taylor Ball - Kaukauna 

Favorite memory from being involved in co-curricular activities is…: Making it to the state tournament for basketball my junior year 

Favorite professional team: Green Bay Packers 

Favorite professional athlete: Jordy Nelson 

Favorite person to follow on Twitter: Elly Pirman 

A non-athletic talent I have is…: Baking