Behind the mask: Freshman: Makenzie Bird

Makenzie Bird is a freshman at Cherokee High School and was nominated to be this week’s Warrior of the Week for our Behind the Mask series by her Honors 9th Lit teacher Mr.Williams.

Makenzie Bird is an excellent student. She is a pleasure to have in class. She always diligently works and contributes interesting and thoughtful things to our class discussions, and in short, she’s an all around excellent student.

Mr. Williams, ELA teacher, 9th Lit.
What’s an interesting fact about you?

I play lots of instruments. I’ve been taking piano since I was 7. In 8th grade I joined the band as a percussionist so I learned mallet percussion instruments such as the vibraphone, xylophone, glockenspiel, and bells. Over quarantine I picked up the ukulele. And in 5th grade I played the recorder but that doesn’t really count. Also, Profe Coury let me borrow his accordion for five minutes, but that also doesn’t count.

What do you like the most about Cherokee?

I like all the people here. I have great teachers and amazing friends.

What’s your favorite subject?

My favorite subject would probably be Spanish or lit. They’re both harder classes, but I enjoy my time there.

Makenzie pictured with her ukulele, which she can be seen playing in her award-winning Reflections contest piece.
What are you involved in outside and inside of Cherokee?

I’m in the Beat Out Cancer club and a staff member of the school newspaper at Cherokee. I dance at Dance and Music Academy Woodstock. I also take piano lessons and am currently teaching myself the ukulele. I also try and keep straight A’s.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve given or received?

I heard this great quote once and it went like this: “If you want to know the value of a year, ask a student who failed in one subject. If you want to know the value of a month, ask a mother who gave birth to a premature baby. If you want to know the value of a week, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper. If you want to know the value of a day, ask a daily wage laborer with a family to feed. If you want to know the value of an hour, ask a farmer during daylight savings. If you want to know the value of a minute, ask the person who missed their flight. If you want to know the value of a second, ask the person who just avoided a car crash. If you want to know the value of a millisecond, ask a person who won a silver medal in Olympics.”

We know Makenzie will continue to do amazing things. We would like to wish Makenzie luck in her upcoming events.

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