Bright student looks to culinary career

School has always been easy, and now that she’s reached high school, a Ponoka Secondary Campus (PSC) Grade 9 student has no plans

McKenna Christensen

School has always been easy, and now that she’s reached high school, a Ponoka Secondary Campus (PSC) Grade 9 student has no plans of slowing down academically.

McKenna Christensen spent her Grade 8 year at Diamond Willow Middle School and on Oct. 8, during an award ceremony at PSC, she received three prestigious academic awards for her Grade 8 marks.

Christensen accumulated an academic gold medal, the award for highest average in all subjects and first place for the highest average in the four core subjects.

“On certain things I have to work for it, but mostly it’s pretty easy,” she explained.

Although they’ve never been a part of school, Christensen has stressed the importance she attaches to her grades: “I want to go to a good college and getting good grades makes me happy because then I know I’m doing well.”

Despite her lofty grades, Christensen doesn’t spend her free time on homework, as she gets most of it done during school hours, instead the provincially competitive swimmer uses her time to train.

“Usually I get my assignments done pretty quickly, but if it’s a little bit harder, I’ll take a little bit longer.”

With her astute mind, Christensen finds herself excelling at math and science classes but you won’t find her in any lab or mathematical institute in the future.

“I love to cook,” said Christensen, hoping to attend a culinary arts school after she graduates.