By Derrick Smith

High school athletics can see a variety of different athletes. There are some that play so they can put it on a college application, while others join a team because their friends did. Still, others want to be part of a team but are not willing to put in the work in order to be their best.

Then you have athletes like Mackenzie Roy, who plays volleyball whenever she has the chance so she can continually get better as an athlete. “Volleyball takes a lot of time, hard work, and dedication,” she said. “I play school ball, club ball, and beach volleyball to keep improving my skill level and get better. I try to make it to every private lesson and camp I am able to.”

A junior at Midwest City High School, Mackenzie plays outside hitter for the Lady Bombers volleyball team and is also a member of DECA, Leadership, and Interact.. She began playing volleyball seven years ago, fell in love with the game, and has played ever since.

There have been many enjoyable experiences throughout all of her year playing volleyball, but Mackenzie says that there is one moment that stands out. “The highlight of my career so far has been making it to Beach Volleyball Nationals in Santa Monica, California,” she said. “It was a great experience for me and one that I will always remember.”

Though she looks up to different athletes, Roy says that her biggest role models are the two people she is closest to. “My parents are the biggest influence in my life,” she said. “They have always been there for me and pushed me harder each and every day. They have always helped me no matter the situation. I would not be the person or the athlete that I am today if it was not for them.”

Though she has sat through many classes at MWCHS, Mackenzie says that one teacher in particular taught her more than what is in the textbook. “Mrs. Kerr taught me how important it is to be involved in activities at school. I am thankful for her helping me understand this.”