Mackenzie Tackett is a junior at Carson High School. One of her many passions is aviation.
This obsession began when she had her first flight with the EAA Young Eagles when she was 9 years old as a birthday present. This organization saw the potential in her and, in 2021, offered her the ability to receive her private glider pilot license with a $2,000 scholarship to assist in the cost.
After she was introduced to flight and the pilots that volunteer for the EAA, she became a member of the 99s women’s organization (she also received a scholarship to get her drone pilot license), joined the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets where she trained in many summer programs, worked her summer during 2020 at the Truckee Airport as ground crew support for Soar Truckee glider program, and will be working the ground crew at the Minden airport for Soar NV this summer.
Most of these programs Tackett has been involved in, evolved from or were from direct contacts through the EAA Young Eagles.
Tackett began her life as a fighter. Born weighing 1 pound, 15 ounces, she has had to persevere through many obstacles in her life.
She has also trained and received her 3rd degree black belt, won 4th place in the TahNeva wrestling championship, won various essay scholarships through the VFW and FRA military organizations, on the Carson High swim team, Carson High rifle team, in NJROTC, and is currently working on becoming fluent in ASL.
Tackett hopes to enter a military academy and aspires to continue her education in college. She decided long ago she wanted to serve her country in the military as a naval pilot. These goals all grew from her contacts through the EAA Young Eagles.