Get to know mackenzie

Personal & Family Life

I’m a Senior at Grapevine High School, graduating in May of 2022. At school, I participate in Best Buddies (a Special Needs peer relationship group) and Redefining Beautiful. I am proud to have been chosen as the Senior Rep for Redefining Beautiful, a club meant to spread positivity and empower girls to resist stereotypes based on appearance. 

I enjoy attending the Young Life group for Grapevine-Colleyville high school students. We get together at least once a week with our mentors for fellowship and fun. I was lucky enough to get to attend one of their summer camps and also a winter ski trip, they were so amazing! I would like to eventually become a Young Life Leader to give back to this program and volunteer at the summer camps. My mentors have been amazing, and I genuinely appreciate the time they have given me.

I have a wonderful and supportive immediate family: my dad and mom, Josh & Kaylynn Holland; my 14 year-old sister, Peyton; and my baby sister, Zoe; and my grandma, Debbie Parkinson. We also have two cats, named Harley and Kaelee (Cal-lee).

 

Gym Life

I train 20 hours a week at Top Flight Gymnastics Training Center in Southlake, TX. Before moving on to Level 10 and just before Covid, in 2019 I was the Level 9 Texas State All-Around and Bars Champion and earned 2nd on Beam and 3rd on Vault. I went on to earn 2nd place on Beam and All-Around at the Region 3 Level 9 Championships. I finished out that amazing season as Western National Championships All-Around Silver medalist and Gold medalist on Floor, as well as earning 3rd on Bars, 5th on Vault, and 8th on Beam.

I competed two seasons of Level 10 prior to Fall of 2021, unfortunately they were cut short from Covid in 2020 and an injury in 2021. This season I’m feeling great and am excited about what I can accomplish. I'm currently the only Level 10 at my gym and am older than my teammates by at least 3 years, which not only makes me someone they look up to but also inspires me to be the best leader I can be for them.

 

Current Year’s Goals

  • Earn an “A” and college credit in AP English

  • Catch the attention of college Gymnastics or Acrobatics & Tumbling coaches

  • Receive an offer to continue competing in college

 

Future Goals

I want to either study Marine Biology or Sports Medicine. I plan to live in Hawaii one day, even if just for a short amount of time, which would be a great place for a career in Marine Biology.

As a college athlete, my goals are:

  • Compete in front of my family and friends who have always supported me

  • Continue to upgrade my skillset as much as I can

  • Work to strengthen my body overall, which will benefit me lifelong

  • Earn All-American honors

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