In this work, you meet thousands of student-athletes from all walks of life with exciting stories.
Well, Aldine’s Mackenzie Jejun could be the most interesting person on Aldine ISD.
The eldest is Letterman’s four-year athletic training. trainer? Yes really.
If you meet a high school sports coach, they are some of the most hardworking kids in school. But wait, there is more.
“When I went to watch school sports as a student, I would watch the coaches work hard and take care of the injured athletes,” Jejun said. “As soon as I saw it, I said to myself, ‘This is what I want to do. Like, for the rest of my life. I’m going to study it in college and my ultimate goal is to become an NFL coach.’”
Well, interesting, but it gets better.
When she’s not filling up the water coolers and making ice bags, Jijon heads off to Mazeikas Elite Gymnastics, where she plays a level 9 gymnast. She’s already taken college scholarships for gymnastics.
“I’ve been doing it at an elite level for 14 years,” she said. “Yes, I miss some practice for my gymnastics coaching duties because of my gymnastics training, but I never miss a match.”
Even in her gym, she’s always ready to jump into work.
“If I have a teammate who is injured, I can give them some advice on how to get back into the ring,” she said. “I’ve always been a mother to the group, always taking care of my friends.
I can tap someone’s ankle or wrist really fast before doing gymnastics if I need to.”
Jijon also holds a job.
“I train the kids in my gym, too,” she said. “I loved my coach when I was that age.
“I always prioritize school first, though. I go to school, then to gymnastics, then to work, then home to do my homework, and then repeat the process.”
Aldine Principal Trainer Kelly Smolbeck added, “McKenzie is fantastic. She’s incredibly consistent, and if you need to do something, that’s where to go. She has a passion for coaching.”
With every minute of her day seemingly considered, she still finds time for another passion.
“My dad always rode motorbikes, and he put me on her back,” she said. “I’m really into motorsports oddly enough, and I want to get my motorcycle license.”
Well, the future NFL coach, he can do double somersaults while riding a motorcycle.
I dare you to find me someone more interesting than that.