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Student in the Spotlight: Makenna Post, Senior

Peninsula High School

Student in the Spotlight: Makenna Post, Senior, Peninsula High School

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By Rachel Kelly

Makenna Post, an 18-year-old senior at Peninsula High School (PHS), really is diving deep into her plans for the future. Literally. Makenna has been competitively diving for the past 13 years! Her love for the sport began when her family went to the 2012 Olympic Trials at the King County Aquatic Center. From that first time of truly seeing divers in action, she just knew it was the thing for her. Throughout her high school career, Makenna has held three league titles: she was 9th and 4th in her district respectively, and then this year she finished 2nd at the state level.

With more than a decade of diving under her belt, it’s no surprise that Makenna will continue in the sport after graduation. Her plans are to continue to dive at the division one level while attending Colorado State University.

“I am currently interested in studying media and journalism, with the thought that I would like to get into sports broadcasting,” Makenna says. “I have always loved being involved in sports, and this is one way I could continue to be involved in the long run.”

Currently she is enjoying her Zero Hour Athletic Performance and Leadership classes at PHS, or volunteering with the younger divers at her club diving practices. When she’s not busy with sports or school, Makenna loves to spend time with her two older sisters and her friends. Support and encouragement to see her goals become reality has come from her family, school and friends, though she can think of more than one teacher who has had a great impact on her as well. “It’s hard to choose just one,” Makenna shares.

Tom Eilterson from Illahee Middle School encouraged Makenna to be her best self. At PHS, Aly Bruess helped Makenna find her place in school, and Tim Messersmith has always been there for her both in and out of the pool.

As we approach spring, graduation seems just around the corner. Makenna’s world will open up even wider, with new opportunities and new pursuits. The people who have encouraged her and supported her will have an opportunity to see her thrive even more. Whether it be in or out of the water, we wish you the best Makenna!

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