2016 graduates: Mackenzie Fry — Hayden graduate has ambitions of helping kids with cancer
Hayden — Hayden native Makenzie Fry is breathing a sigh of relief after graduating high school, but she knows there is a lot of work ahead of her.
Fry, who is the daughter of Tina and Jeff, will be attending Montana State University in the fall with ambitions of becoming a pediatric oncologist nurse. She will be double majoring in chemistry/ biochemistry and cell biology/ neuroscience.
“They have one of the best research programs in the nation,” Fry said.
In high school, Fry developed a passion for anatomy class. While studying possible careers, she found oncology, and decided she wanted to help children who had cancer.
“I feel like not a lot of people want to do it because it’s really sad,” Fry said.
Hayden High School principal Gina Zabel said Fry has what it takes to go into that career. Zabel herself had a child who had cancer, and she said it takes a compassionate person to help families through the treatment process.
“Makenzie has every attribute and quality that we would want for our child,” Zabel said. “She very conscientious of other people’s needs. She always puts the needs of others first.”
School counselor Heather Haskins said Fry has always had a big drive to her.
“She’s always been a leader,” Haskins said.
Fry has served as a role model for younger students.
“I can attest she is very sweet and I look up to her as a mentor,” sophomore Caroline Zirkle said. “She’s going to do awesome.”
Fry was an honor roll student throughout her high school career. She was also an athlete, having played basketball for four years, volleyball for three years and track for one year. She was on student council for three years and was president her senior year.
This year she took college classes through Colorado Northwest Community College.
Fry plans to continue her studies for the next 10 years.
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