Makenzie, age 13, has played the violin for 10 years. Her teachers include Denise Willey, Deborah Moench, and currently, Eugene Watanabe. Makenzie enjoys attending the Gifted Music School. She was a member of Rocky Mountain Strings for four years. As a second time member of the Suzuki Youth Orchestra of America, she served as concert master in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Makenzie loves to combine her love of travel and music and has performed in India and Brazil with her family. Other interests include singing, sewing, crafts, reading, cooking, and hiking. She resides in Millcreek and attends Evergreen Junior High as a seventh grader.