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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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   The student bodies of schools Coupeville faced at the Science Olympiad state meet. Almost all claim 500+ more students than CHS. (Mckenzie Meyer photo)

Mckenzie Meyer (left) and Anna Dion work on a project. (Neil Rixe photo)

They’re standing up for small schools everywhere.

Despite having just a fraction of the student bodies that their competitors do, the Coupeville High School Science Olympiad squad soared Saturday at the state meet.

While Camas, with 2,063 students to pull from, walked away with the team title, the Wolves finished 17th, one slot better than last year.

With a hair over 300 students, CHS also faces another hurdle.

Most of the other schools at state are staffed by students who focus 100% on Science Olympiad, while Coupeville’s competitors balance academics with other pursuits like track, soccer and drama.

Seven of the eight Wolves who claimed a Top 10 finish at state either are currently playing a sport or preparing for next weekend’s drama production.

Madison Rixe, who led Coupeville with three Top 10 finishes, is a prime example, juggling track, drama and Science Olympiad in addition to her normal classwork.

Coupeville’s Top 10 finishes:

Disease Detectives – Mckenzie Meyer (9th)

Herpotology – Anna Dion and Madison Rixe (8th)

Mission Possible – Meyer and Dion (8th)

Helicopters – Rixe and Luke Carlson (10th)

Rocks and Minerals – Rixe and Jakobi Baumann (9th)

Towers – William Nelson and Baumann (10th)

Write it, Do It – Carlson and Josh Robinson (10th)

Fermi Questions — Nelson and Seraina Weatherford (10th)

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   Anna Dion finished in the top three in three events Saturday, helping Coupeville’s Science Olympiad squad qualify for state. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Check out the big brains. (Photo property of Coupeville High School)

Little school, big results.

Powered by eight top-four finishes Saturday, the Coupeville High School Science Olympiad team finished fourth at regionals, earning an invite to the state meet.

The Wolves, who were led by second-place finishes from the duos of Anna Dion/McKenzie Meyer and Josh Robinson/Drake Borden, spent Saturday on the campus at the University of Washington.

There were 19 schools in Coupeville’s classification, and the only schools to finish ahead of the Wolves — Bothell and Inglemoor (which had three separate teams) — are both 4A schools.

CHS is one of the smallest 1A schools in the state.

State is April 14 at Eastern Washington University in Cheney.

Shine there and schools can earn a shot at advancing to the national tournament, which is held May 18-19 at Colorado State University.

Top-four finishes Saturday:

Mission Possible (2nd) — Mckenzie Meyer and Anna Dion

Mouse Trap (2nd) — Josh Robinson and Drake Borden

Game On (3rd) — Harris Sinclair and Jaschon Baumann

Helicopters (3rd) — Madison Rixe and Luke Carlson

Herpetology (3rd) — Dion and Rixe

Leaf (3rd) — Dion and Seraina Weatherford

Experimental Design (4th) — Sofia Hassapis, William Nelson and Borden

Towers (4th) — Nelson and Jakobi Baumann

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   Coupeville’s Harris Sinclair teamed with Jaschon Baumann Saturday to win a Science Olympiad title at the Curtis Invitational. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Our science whiz kids are better than your science whiz kids.

Showcasing their brain power, Science Olympiad giants Jaschon Baumann and Harris Sinclair rolled to a win in “Game On” Saturday at the Curtis Invitational in University Place.

That event “determines a team’s ability to design and build an original computer game incorporating the theme and game type provided to them by the supervisor using the program ‘Scratch’.”

Powered by the title, Coupeville High School placed eighth in the team competition, a jump up from 13th at its last event, and a strong showing as one of the smallest schools in attendance.

Wolf contestants and finishes:

Rocks and Minerals (3rd) — Madison Rixe and Jakobi Bauman

Write It, Do It (4th) — Luke Carlson and Josh Robinson

Helicopters (5th) — Carlson and Rixe

Mouse Trap Vehicle (5th) — Teo Keilwitz and Robinson

Leaf (Airplane) (6th) — Anna Dion and Seraina Weatherford

Herpetology (7th) — Dion and Rixe

Remote Sensing (7th) — Jakobi Baumann and Sofia Hassapis

Towers (7th) — William Nelson and Jakobi Baumann

Hovercraft (8th) — Keilwitz and Robinson

Experimental Design (9th) — Nelson, Hassapis and Drake Borden

Coupeville’s next competition will be Regionals Feb. 24 at the University of Washington.

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   Teo Keilwitz, cheering at Friday’s CHS basketball games, got up early Saturday to join his teammates at a Science Olympiad competition. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Smaller, maybe. Smarter, definitely.

Competing against rivals with much-larger student bodies, Coupeville High School claimed 13th out of 24 teams Saturday at the Raisbeck Aviation High School Science Olympiad Invitational.

The Wolves claimed Top 10 performances in 10 categories, with Jaschon Baumann and Harris Sinclair nabbing second-place in “Game On.”

That event is based on a team’s ability to craft an original computer game using Scratch, a program created at MIT.

Other CHS Top 10 performances:

Herpetology (5th) — Madison Rixe and Anna Dion

Helicopters (5th) — Rixe and Luke Carlson

Rocks and Minerals (5th) — Rixe and Jakobi Baumann

Material Sciences (6th) — Sofia Hassapis and Maka Sorrows

Towers (7th) — William Nelson and Jakobi Baumann

Write It, Do It (7th) — Carlson and Josh Robinson

Astronomy (8th) — Sinclair and Sorrows

Chem Lab (9th) — Sinclair and Ricky Rebischke-Smith

Hovercraft (9th) — Teo Keilwitz and Robinson

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