San Jose, CA. – July 25, 2016 – On Friday evening, July 22, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Mackenzie Starnes won the title of Golden State Youth Ambassadress at the California State Youth Accolades Scholarship Competition. She is also the recipient of a $2,000 scholarship. For her on stage talent she performed Pirates of the Caribbean on an electric violin. The competition finals took place on Thursday & Friday, July 21-22 at the Santa Clara Convention Center.
Mackenzie is an 18 year old graduate of Christian Brothers High School and attends Boston University, College of Arts and Sciences. Her career ambition is to be a General Physician or Ophthalmologist.
Throughout her high school career, Mackenzie earned many awards including the Scholars Program/ High Honor Role, Duke of Edinburgh’s Silver Award, Lifetime California Scholarship Federation Award (Sealbearer), President’s Volunteer Silver Service Award, FOTA (Friends of the Arts/Violin) Scholarship, Ellie Roberts Community Service Award (Miss Sacramento), and The Graydon and Myrth Fox Scholarship (US Armed Forces). She also received the 2015 Miss California’s Outstanding Teen Community Service Award and Academic Excellence Award.
But Mackenzie’s passion is her community service work. She has been a long time volunteer for the Children’s Miracle Network, the Salvation Army and MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving). A proficient violinist, she plays for pediatric patients at UC Davis and Shriners Hospitals. She works with The Girl Scouts of America, was the Public relations Officer for the Sacramento Youth Commission and a Student Ambassador for the Wounded Warrior Project. She is currently a currently a UC Davis Surgical Floor Volunteer including extensive hours in the Children’s Hospital where she has developed a greater understanding and passion for the medical field. According to Mackenzie, “There is no greater gift than the feeling of giving back.”