Mckenzie Robinson, the daughter of Ted and Tracy Robinson, has been named the 2014 Ellicottville Central School Salutatorian, with a weighted average of 111.69. She will graduate with an Advanced Regents Diploma with Honors.
Mckenzie has taken an incredible variety of classes throughout high school including, but not limited to: JCC Statistics, JCC Calculus, JCC English – Composition, JCC Writing in Literature, JCC Ceramics, JCC Music Theory, GCC Physics, Honors US History and English, and Niagara University French 103 and 104. She has been recognized as an outstanding student in various English classes, French, JCC Statistics, HS band and History.
Beyond the classroom, Mckenzie has been involved with ESPRA (Ellicottville Students for the Preservation of Reading in America), Foreign Language Club, National Honor Society, Jazz Band, and Peer Tutoring. She has been a participant in Odyssey of the Mind since fifth grade and has gone on to regional, state, and world finals. During her senior year, she helped to coach an OM team of fourth and fifth graders. During her study halls, Mckenzie helped in Mrs. Bower’s kindergarten and first grade classrooms. A dedicated writer, Mckenzie has participated in the Cattaraugus/Allegany County Secondary Principals’ Angelo Melaro Writing Contest all four years of high school, and, in 2013, she earned fourth place for the eleventh grade division.
Kenzie is also a successful author. She has six books published online, where she has reached thousands of readers and fans. These novels include “If I Matter,” a story that has gained widespread popularity among teenagers. In addition to being an author, Mckenzie is a member of a writing group, which offers critique, editing, graphic design, advertising, and support services to young and budding authors. This group also aims to create collaborations between writers throughout the world.
After graduation, Mckenzie is going to attend Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, for English (with a concentration in creative writing), psychology, and political philosophy. Mckenzie has intentions to eventually attend law school.