Miss Teen North Dakota International 2019 - MacKenzie Johnson
MacKenzie Johnson is a 17-year-old senior at Jamestown High School. She has lived in Jamestown her entire life and wouldn’t change it for the world. She loves to travel but says nothing is better than coming home to her sweet small town.
MacKenzie is the eldest of three children, one sister and one brother. Her sister’s name is Kaycee, she’s 15 and her brother is 14. His name is Jordan! Her parents are Spencer and Amee. She is truly grateful for the opportunities that they have given her throughout her life and the support they have already given her in her reign as Miss Teen North Dakota International 2019. We can’t forget to mention her furry brothers! She has three dogs! A 10- year-old Golden Retriever named Tucker, a 7-year-old Bichon Shih Tzu named Kipp, and an 8-year-old St. Bernard named...wait for it...it’s creative...Beethoven! MacKenzie says her family wouldn’t be complete without their puppies!
MacKenzie is also highly involved in her school and community. She participates in many activities and clubs available to her. Some of those activities include Key Club, SkillsUSA, National Honor Society, Speech, Choir, and Student Athletic Training for the high school’s football team. She has also been competing in pageantry for 6 years now, so that has been a huge part of her life.
When she’s not running meetings, doing homework, or volunteering, you can most likely find her at work. MacKenzie works at The Anne Carlsen Center in Jamestown. Anne Carlsen is a school and residential facility that cares for children and young adults with physical and intellectual disabilities. She has a strong connection to this organization and plans to work there her entire life! She says that the joy she gets from caring for others indescribable and she looks forward to each shift.
Among the many hats MacKenzie wears, she is an advocate for those with physical and intellectual disabilities. Not only does she work at the Anne Carlsen Center, but her platform is Disability Awareness: Redefining Disabilities, Transforming Minds. She created this platform because of her strong connection to disability.
Mackenzie also has a disability herself! MacKenzie was born with Congenital Talipes Equinovarus, commonly known as the Clubfoot. She says faced a ton of adversity because of her disability and was teased and had poor body image. She says that she created her platform because she never wanted anyone to feel the way she did about her disability. A disability is not something to be ashamed of. It’s something to be proud of! As Miss Teen North Dakota International 2019, it’s her goal to educate those who are unaffected by disability and show them that a disability is no different than a crooked smile or the color of your eyes. They help make us 1 in 7.5 billion!
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