Senior Spotlight - McKenna Dorty
1. What activities/athletics were you involved with at FHS?
I am involved in the Dance Team, FFA, Marching Band, Concert Band, Student Council and Prom committee.
2. What was the biggest change for you between your freshman and senior year?
My biggest change I would say is figuring out how to manage my time and still have fun with my class.
3. What advice would you give an incoming freshman?
My advice would be to never take anything for granted or give anything a second thought. Take every chance for class activities by the horns and run with it. Get out of your comfort zone, go all out on Hoco week, go sit in that student section, do stupid things to give everyone a laugh and lastly, join a club or sports team…they will become your family.
4. What do you look forward to the most during your senior year?
I look forward to experiences and spending time with my class. I have always spent a lot of time doing activities not with school, so doing things with my Forreston classmates has been a good change.
5. What are your plans after high school?
My plans are to attend college to double major in Athletic Training and Pediatric Physical Therapy, along with taking a test to be a personal trainer, and get some sort of Ag minor. I also have high hopes of continuing my tumbling and cheer career.
6. What is your favorite memory at FHS?
It is so hard to pick but I would say my favorite memories at FHS would be Jakob Boomgarden (Boomie) pushing me out of the exit door in the back of the bus into a trash can my freshman year at the Sycamore parade for band, and my 8th hour strength and conditioning class my junior year sitting in the hallway waiting for Drake to get out of the boys locker room and when he came out and said, “What is this? A tornado drill?!?! Stand your butts up.”
7. Who do you admire the most and why?
I admire my parents and best friends the most! To start with, my mom has helped me through all my life problems and is constantly teaching me life lessons. My mom has always been there for me and is forever my #1 supporter no matter what I do. Whether my mom is giving me guidance, support, or advice, she has also been my day one built in friend. She is always pushing me to achieve my goals and she always says I achieve the unachievable, yet she always reminds me no goal is too big as long as you want it bad enough.
Next, my dad is my handy man. He is always teaching me how to do things for myself so I don't have to rely on a man to do all the heavy lifting. Whether it is from changing the oil in my car, learning how to properly cook meat on the grill, or teaching me how to make amazing things out of wood, there is always a lesson to be learned. My dad has taught me that when life doesn't go my way to find another door or change my way because nothing is impossible. Also, he has taught me that a set back sometimes leads you in the right direction.
Also, my step dad Ryan has been in my life for many years, and he is always willing to go the extra mile to help me out even though I'm not his birth daughter. Ryan is always ready to help me with math whether it is 8 am in the morning or 10 pm at night; he stops what he is doing to run my chromebook to school when I forget it. Also, he always pushes me to go to school activities or go to something with my class, and if it wasn't for him telling me to go I would have missed out on so much fun. Lastly, he always reminds me to have fun because it will go by fast.
Lastly, my best friends Ellie and Lexi. They are both there to help me when needed no matter the situation. No matter how I'm feeling or what I have going on the next week at school, we always try to make the best out of our weekends together. Both of them remind me that every day is a new day and that I can always change the story. They push me harder than I push myself, and they believe in me more than I do myself, whether it's at tumbling or in everyday life. I’m beyond speechless that I get to call them my best friends.