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Mckenzie Meyer, ready to unleash sweet sounds. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Her future’s so bright, she has to wear shades.

The absolute master of the positive approach.

She was just born talented.

I have known Mckenzie Meyer since the day she popped in to the world, the first of two children born to Sarah and Frank Meyer.

That was back in the lazy, hazy glory days of being paid to watch movies (and do a little managerial work) at Videoville, a 12-year run in which I worked for Mckenzie’s grandmother, Miriam.

The newest Meyer made her video store debut at a very young age, and from the first moment she eyeballed all of us from her perch on the counter, she radiated intelligence.

And I don’t mean she just seemed smart.

I mean she seemed like she was going to cure a disease while solving world hunger while also teaching herself to read Mandarin in the two minutes of free time she had every day.

It’s a feeling which has increased every day since.

Mckenzie is too smart, and too talented, and too awe-inspiring, for one small town on a rock in the middle of the water in the Pacific Northwest to contain, but we here in Coupeville have benefited immensely from what time we have had her here.

Today, I’m inducting her into the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame.

In the moment, that’s something (maybe not epic, but worthy of a nod at least), being enshrined inside these hallowed digital walls.

After this, you’ll find her up at the top of the blog, under the Legends tab.

And, about two seconds after she lands up there, she’ll probably win a much-bigger, much-better award or three.

I feel fully confident that in a few years or so, being in my little, sorta fake Hall o’ Fame should still be at least the 245th biggest thing she’s done. Maybe…

Mckenzie, as much as any high school athlete or student I have seen come through Cow Town, is fated to be big. Like world famous big.

She has a personality which is a mixture of joy and wonderment, and she charges full-tilt at any and every obstacle or opportunity with a grin which wraps up the whole world in a hug.

Give her a sport, any sport, and she did well.

In cheer, she was a volcano erupting, showering everyone with school spirit. A captain who was the loudest, the proudest, and the first to pick up her teammates, those she was cheering for, and the fans.

It could be an epic win or a crushing defeat, and Mckenzie tackled things with the same glee, the same desire to make every performance the best she ever delivered.

And if lil’ bro Caleb was playing? Miss Meyer could turn the sound system up to 120, thank you very much.

Her spirit and never-say-die attitude carried over to her time on the soccer pitch, the tennis court, and the world of track and field, where she competed in a gazillion events, including holding the school record in the pole vault.

Sports, though, are but a small sliver of what makes Mckenzie the whirlwind she is.

She was a veteran of the stage, bouncing from comedy to drama as an award-worthy thespian.

A woman born to wail when you put a sax in her hand and fired up the band.

Toss her into the cutthroat world of Science Olympiad? She made Einstein sit up in his grave, just so he could bow in appreciation of her skill.

Look, I’m not impartial here.

I think Mckenzie is one of the most talented, kind, brilliant people on the face of this planet.

Seeing her grow up, holding on to the fire that burns brightly inside, while always challenging herself and achieving remarkable things, has been great.

I think the world of this young woman. Did when she was a few days old, did when she first went to school, do today, and will many years down the road.

There’s a ton of reasons to induct Mckenzie into my Hall o’ Fame.

The biggest one? She classes up the joint.

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   CHS band director Jamar Jenkins brings both the noise and the funk to Senior Night. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

   Wolf seniors (l to r) Mckenzie Meyer, Laurence Boado and Jake Hoagland are honored for their band careers. (Susan Hulst photo)

   A trio of talented middle school musicians joins in the performance. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Meyer, possibly up to shenanigans…

Jaschon Baumann senses the danger…

But Meyer is faster!

   Wolf senior Ben Olson (in cap) puts down the drum sticks and poses with his groupies … er, family. (Hulst photo)

If the gym’s a rockin’, don’t come a knockin’.

Seriously, just walk in, cause no one will hear you banging on the outside doors.

When the Coupeville High School band (with a few middle school ringers tossed in for good measure) gets going, the gym is jumping, and Thursday night was prime time for the prairie musicians.

The pics above, which capture some Senior Night festivities and some musical action, come to us from photo bugs John Fisken and Susan Hulst.

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   Mollie Bailey contemplates launching into a 45-minute solo. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Laurence Boado (left) and Jakobi Baumann lay down the sweet funk.

One flute to rule them all.

Middle school horn players join in on the musical movement.

Mckenzie Meyer fires up the sax.

   Baumann tries to keep pace with the reigning CHS Musician of the Year, Allison Wenzel.

Raven Vick plays us out.

Saturday’s basketball doubleheader at Coupeville High School was noticeable for one thing — the joint was quiet.

The CHS/CMS band took the day off, and that allowed for some dead air, especially during the halftime break.

As we await the return of the horn blowers and drum bashers, a photographic look at some of those who make the gym rock, courtesy wanderin’ photo god John Fisken.

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   Joey Lippo whispers a little prayer to the tennis gods, pre-serve. (John Fisken photos)

   CHS cheerleaders (l to r) Jesse Hester, Claire Mietus and Maggie Crimmins dropped by to root on their classmates.

   It’s still hot ‘n hazy outside, but CHS tennis coach Ken Stange knows winter is coming, so he’s keeping his beard game strong.

Jakobi Baumann goes low to rip a winner.

International superstar Mckenzie Meyer, on her way to rule the world.

The CHS tennis squad, small in numbers, big in talent.

John Fisken was a busy man Tuesday afternoon.

With multiple sporting events to hit in two towns, the intrepid photographer had little time to waste.

Get in, click, and get out, was his mantra.

Thankfully for us, before hitting the wild smorgasbord of events going down in Oak Harbor, he swung by the Coupeville High School tennis courts to catch the season opener.

The photos above are courtesy him.

Best way to repay him? Pop over to his site and purchase a glossy pic or two.

It’ll make grandma happy when she gets a photo of the grandchild, and it’ll make Fisken even more likely to return to Cow Town.

Plus, a percentage of each purchase comes back via college scholarships for CHS student/athletes, so, circle of life and all.

To see everything he shot, pop over to:


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   Sophomore Ashleigh Battaglia returns for a second season of CHS cheer. (John Fisken photo)

   Mica Shipley, standing tall in the center, gets ready to fly during a recent cheer camp. (Emily Stevens photo)

New coaches, same hunt for excellence.

Former Coupeville High School cheerleaders Emily (Norris) Stevens and Amanda (Streubel) Jones have returned to their alma mater to reinvigorate the cheer program of their teen years.

The duo replace the departed Cheridan Eck, and are hard at work as fall sports practice officially begins.

Stevens, the head coach, has 21 girls on a tentative roster, though that may change as the Wolves work towards the football season opener Sept. 1.

Seniors Claire Mietus and Mckenzie Meyer, both veterans, lead the way.

“The cheer team is going to stop being influenced by the stereotype that “We’re Coupeville,” Mietus said. “We want to have pride in our squad as well as ourselves and not have our actions defined by others expectations.”

The current roster (which is still in flux):

Jessica Acosta
Ashleigh Battaglia
Julie Bucio
Kayla Caudle
Coral Caveness
Maggie Crimmins
Kaley Grigsby
Gaby Halpin
Abby Hamilton
Ja’Tarya Hoskins
Isabel Hucke
Nanci Melendrez
Mckenzie Meyer
Claire Mietus
Mira Mostafavinassab
Heather Nastali
Abby Parker
Moira Reed
Mica Shipley
Emma Somes
Melia Welling

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