Interview by Caroline Alegado Nomination & Photography by Laura Tusek of Senior Edge Photography Oklahoma
The Nomination: Makenzi is an amazing young lady and would be a great role model for young teens. She is kind, loving, sweet, beautiful, smart and an amazing athlete. Makenzi is currently recovering from a sports related injury that required surgery. She is working very hard in physical therapy daily in hopes that she’ll play during her senior year.
My name is MaKenzi Darnell. I live in Roff, Oklahoma where I was born and raised. I’m a senior and love to play basketball and softball. I started playing basketball at the age of 6 and softball at the age of 4. Since my freshman year in high school I have hit 8 homeruns in fast pitch and 28 in slow pitch. In August of my senior year I hurt my knee during a fast pitch game. I slid into second like I have done many times the only thing different was I hesitated for a split second. The result, I jammed my knee cap into the base and dislocated my knee cap and damaged the cartilage. Since then I have had a micro fracture surgery.
My injury has affected my everyday life. When I wasn’t injured in my free time I would practice on the filed or court. Now that I cannot do that, I just go home. How I preserve is by working my best to try and get on the field and court.
My team has helped me through my injury by always being there for me through the hard times. They are always looking at the positive side and guiding me the right direction. I am also an active member in student council, National Honor Society, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Advice I would gibe to others is always look on the positive side of every situation. God always has a plan. My goal is to be patient and work hard to be able to get back out there!