Dyer teenager Mackenzie Chapman was recently recognized as a Lansing Rotary Club Student of the Month for her involvement in school and community activities.
The Illiana Christian High School senior has been involved in theater since childhood, and recently played Miss Irene Molloy in the school’s production of "The Matchmaker."
“I enjoy the people, I enjoy the performing, and I enjoy expressing myself. The students and directors at Illiana that are involved in drama are phenomenal,” Chapman said.
“Drama gives students a whole new way to express themselves. No one will judge you for being overly dramatic or boisterous when you are involved in drama. You can be whoever you want to be,” she added.
A member of the ICHS Homecoming Committee and the debate team, Chapman plays trombone in the jazz band and is co-editor-in-chief of the school yearbook.
“As editors of the yearbook, we design all the templates that the staff uses for inputting pictures and text.”
“Also, we design the front cover, we take pictures, we distribute sport pictures and class pictures, we come up with a theme for the book, we dedicate the book, and we edit all of our staff's work,” she said.
The daughter of Kathleen and Theodore Chapman, the busy teen plans to study biochemistry and Spanish at Purdue University in West Lafayette.
“I would like to become an oncologist. I chose this from a personal experience with my past medical problems. When I was younger, I was in the hospital multiple times for abdominal problems,” she said.
“I want to be a doctor that helps those who feel they have nowhere else to turn. I want to help those who are losing all hope.”
A member of Lake Hills Baptist Church in Schererville, Chapman also volunteers at local hospitals.