Mackenzie Filkins is a creative individual with a strong work ethic and a desire to serve others.
She’s a talented artist who hopes to pursue her interest in pottery after high school.
After taking her first pottery class as a freshman, Filkins found a new passion. She credits her teacher, Christine Burris, with helping her discover that passion.
“The clay is forgiving but very complex — there’s so much you can do with it,” she said of her art. “You can transform a ball of clay before your eyes into something beautiful.”
Her focus is on large bowls and containers with lids, and Filkins has been working on her inventory with the goal of selling her work online.
“I like to make things that are decorative but also useful,” she said.
In addition to pottery, she has taken other art classes and has been involved with the school’s Art Club for four years.
Filkins’ creativity is also evident in her work with the school’s newspaper, Peninsula Outlook, where she served as arts and entertainment editor last year and is currently the managing editor. Her role involves training others as well as editing and organizing events such as fundraisers.
“Mackenzie can always be counted on for a smile and often goes out of her way to help others,” said journalism adviser Andrew Hosford. “In addition, she is a determined worker who has helped transition the school’s newspaper online.”
During her senior year, Filkins joined the Interact Club and has been involved with various community service activities. The club’s adviser, Rotarian John Winslow, said she consistently volunteers time and effort to serving others.
“She often has some of the best ideas concerning activities of the club; she has demonstrated outstanding leadership among her peers and meets every challenge with enthusiasm,” he said. “I believe Mackenzie exemplifies a level of responsibility not often seen in students her age.”
One of Filkins’ major interests is in psychology. Her AP psychology teacher, Mary Lyssand, said Filkins is one of her top 10 students in her 20-year teaching career.
“She excels academically, as a strong worker, and is an extremely reliable, trustworthy and kind person,” Lyssand said.
Filkins plans to attend Western Washington University and major in fine arts, with psychology as a possibility. She is still deciding whether she wants to become a professional potter or turn pottery into a pursuit on the side.