Name: Mackenzie Rice
School: Springfield-Clark CTC/Springfield High School
Extra-curricular: Theatre, National Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, Champion City Scholars, Book Club, Skills USA, Green Team, H20 (help to others), CTC tour guide and CTC program ambassador
Claim to fame/honors: Springfield Community Award of Excellence (four years) and Honor Roll all throughout high school
Words you live by: “If Plan A fails, remember that you have 25 letters left!” -Unknown
Toughest challenge: My toughest challenge was making people forget I have Tourette Syndrome. I was diagnosed when I was 6 years old, but today, most people don’t know l I have the disorder until I tell them. Overcoming the physical, emotional and mental roadblocks set by Tourettes was the toughest challenge I’ve faced so far. Now that I consider my struggle with Tourette Syndrome to be a thing of the past, I’m moving toward the biggest challenge yet - college.
Biggest influence: Myself
School-day rituals: Wake up, realize that I’m late and rush out the door without breakfast
What’s on your bedroom walls: Cork boards holding movie tickets, wristbands from fairs, pictures of friends and more memories than my brain could ever remember
When I’m bored I like to … Talk to people
Favorite movie: “10 Things I Hate About You”
Person who would play you in a movie: Melissa McCarthy
Favorite TV show: How I Met Your Mother
Favorite musical artist: Kesha, Disturbed and Passenger
Favorite book: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Favorite home-cooked meal: Gnocchi
Favorite restaurant: Hot Head Burritos
Whose mind would you like to read: My boyfriend’s
Talent you’d like to have: I’d love to be able to do the eyebrow wiggle thing.
Favorite school subject: Dental
Something in the world I’d like to change: Communication. If everyone would listen to understand and not just to include their two cents, I think everyone would get along better.
Favorite high school moment: Participating in the musical Hairspray at Springfield High my freshman year
Favorite junk food: Gummy life savers
Best thing about high school: Learning how fast things can change