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Athlete of the Month

Heights’ Makenzie Buyno – Davis-Moore Chevrolet Military Student Athlete of the Month

As a military dependent, moving around is part of the job. For Wichita Heights junior Makenzie Buyno, this stop is one of many as a student. 

“I was born in Dixon, Illinois then moved to Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Colorado, Hawaii, Junction City Kansas, and now Wichita Kansas, so I definitely have been around. I will say it is a bit different here in Wichita because there is so much to do here,” said Buyno. 

As a student-athlete at Heights, Buyno is part of the wrestling, track, and soccer teams. Competing is in her blood and she loves representing Heights in competition. 

“When it comes to my sports, I love being able to meet new people, build long lasting friendships, working together, really just being able to have a great time and compete,” Makenzie said. “But I am also aware that as a student-athlete, student comes first so I have to put in the time not only on the mat/field but also the classroom.”

Her father served in the U.S. Army, which means the family goes where her dads career takes him. 

“Being in the military I have moved around my whole life, having to restart at new schools, make new friends, create new bonds with my teammates. Although it was a challenge, I have learned to be flexible and grow comfortable in new environments and I have been able to meet some really great people,” said Buyno. 

The junior is also involved in student council, Superintendent’s student council, and National Honor Society. Her future plans are still being worked out. 

“I’m not completely sure what I would like to do after high school, but I would like to attend college and maybe pursue something in the medical field, or something affiliated with sports. I am also open to doing sports such as wrestling in college I think it would be a great experience to have,” said Buyno. 

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