Meet Mackenzie Winkel

By Joan Frances –

As a Class of 2017 senior and recent graduate at Faith West Academy High School, Mackenzie Winkel has achieved unprecedented success in every aspect of her high school career. Because of her faith and devotion, combined with her academic, athletic and extracurricular accomplishments, she has proved to be a recognized leader. With her world knowledge and wisdom, Mackenzie is poised to be an asset to this world in her future.

Mackenzie was the recipient of the Golden Eagle Award at Faith West Academy High School’s Academic Awards Ceremony in May. The Golden Eagle Award is reserved for one graduating senior who has exhibited the highest commitment to community service and citizenship during their four years at Faith West Academy. This exclusive award is selected by the administration. Mackenzie has excelled academically with Advanced Placement classes all four years of school. She was a member and vice president of the National Honor Society. Mackenzie was also selected as Most Representative. This honor is bestowed to a deserving senior who exemplifies outstanding character and integrity and has demonstrated excellence in academics and leadership.

Photo by Rebecca Cooper Photography.

In January, Mackenzie joined 50,000 other 18 to 25 year-olds to attend the Passion Conference, in order to, according to the Passion 2017 website, “see a generation leverage their lives for what matters most.” That is exactly what Mackenzie does. Whether it is drilling water wells with Mission Living Water International in Nicaragua and El Salvador or leading worship at Real Hope Community Church, Mackenzie levels her life to what matters the most – serving the Lord. According to Mackenzie, “The joy of the Lord is my strength.” Her favorite verse is Hosea 6:3, which states, “Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.”

In addition to her extensive academic accomplishments and awards, Mackenzie runs cross-country and is a member of the swim team. She is also a chapel band worship leader for second and elementary chapel services. After school, she is a contributing writer for the blog The Odyssey On-line. Her favorite teacher was Sandy Brown. “She cares about her students,” said Mackenzie. “I had her as a cross-country and swim coach and a boss, and she was always there to encourage and support me. During a two-week mission team, I got to witness firsthand how much she cares for all people, not just her students. She is a role model and truly exemplifies and shows who Jesus is through the way she talks and acts.”

Mackenzie exhibits insightful leadership skills every day. She said, “Honestly, I love being a leader of chapel band, because it has taught me so much about other people. As I lead a group of people in a band or lead the students in worship, I have learned so much about how to serve others, how to relate to them and how to use my experiences to help them learn more.”

Mackenzie has enjoyed her years at Faith West. “I will treasure getting to know people. I love learning about who people are and why they are that way. Faith West was a great place for that, because you always feel like you can just talk to any other students without question.” Mackenzie has received a scholarship to attend Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia to pursue Global Studies.

Congratulations Mackenzie on your incredible commitment to improve the quality of life for everyone you meet. Good luck as you follow your dreams through your undeniable faith.