Meet Mekenzie Alexander

Mekenzie Alexander

By Joan Frances –

Katy ISD schools have a reputation for preparing students for their future. Graduation and a successful career is a top priority for seniors at Tompkins High School. With combined academics, extracurricular activities and sports, students can effectively move on to the next chapter of their life. Mekenzie Alexander is a senior who knows what her dreams are and how to achieve them.

Alexander is a member of the Student Council and Tompkins Theater, but her main focus is soccer. “For the first three years, I played soccer for the school as well as club.  Being a student athlete kept me very involved with the school and introduced me to a lot of my life-long friends. When my fellow team members and I spent many hours training to be a unified team, a powerful bond was formed and friendships were made. I still play soccer for my club team, the Lamar Lynx, as right defender. I am one of the captains and leaders of the Lamar Lynx, so I practice good leadership skills in order to lead our team to victory. I enjoy working with the new players, encouraging team unity and trust. We won many tournaments and have been together for over eight years.”

Three values Alexander lives by are honestly, loyalty and pursuing passions. “Honesty is the key to successful relationships. A loyal person is trusted and admired, and pursuing passions are what keeps life interesting. Harriet Tubman said, ‘Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”’

During her high school career, Alexander treasures most her lifelong friends she has made and all of the knowledge she can take with her through college and career life.

Starting her junior year, Alexander began participating in the Veterinarian Medicine program offered at Miller Career and Technology Center. “This program is extremely involved along with a lot of hands-on experience with many different dogs. The teacher of this program is Mrs. Danell Karasek – she is my favorite teacher. She teaches Veterinary Medical Applications and Vet Assisting Practicum. She makes class very interesting and fun. She engages her students by helping them understand the importance of taking care of animals. Because they don’t speak, we learn how to evaluate the signs of an unhealthy animal and how to help them. I want to be a vet because I have been passionate about animals since I was a kid, and I began volunteering for a rescue group called Pup Squad when I was really young. Pup Squad is a nonprofit organization that takes abandoned or orphaned puppies or injured dogs and takes care of them until they are healthy enough to be adopted into forever homes. I knew that I wanted to be a vet so I could make an impact in helping animals.”

Over the summer Alexander volunteered at Fulshear Animal Clinic. She was then accepted to do her internship there, and they offered Alexander her first job. All of these hours will help her become a Certified Veterinary Assistant by the end of her senior year,  and she will gain valuable experience to further her career goals.

Alexander aspires to advance her passion and will major in Animal Science at Texas State University next year. After her undergrad, she hopes to be accepted into the veterinary program at Texas A&M. Thank you Mekenzie Alexander for your admirable commitment to improving the well-being of the animals of this world. Good luck as you follow your dreams to help make this world a better place for all living creatures.