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MacKenzie Brown named to Capital District Sports Women of the Year 2020 Class

SCHENECTADY, NY – MacKenzie Brown, a senior at Rensselaer High School, has been named as one of the 10 scholastic award recipients for 2020 by the Capital District Sports Women of the Year.

MacKenzie, who competes in soccer, basketball and track & field, will be recognized at the first-ever Capital District Sports Women of the Year Awards Gala on May 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the GE Theatre at Proctors in Schenectady. Tickets for the Gala will go on sale on Monday, April 13 at and at the Proctors Box Office.

The Capital District Sports Women of the Year (CDSWOY) honors the best and brightest female student-athletes from high schools and colleges in the Capital District of New York State. The student-athletes will be recognized for their achievements in academics, athletics and community service. More information is provided at the website,

MacKenzie has received numerous academic awards at Rensselaer High School. These include the Empire Girls State Award, NASSP (National Association of Secondary School Principals) American Citizenship Award, HOBY (Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership) Representative Award, DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) Excellence in American History Award, SAANYS (School Administrators Association of New York State) Region 6 Leadership Award, Youth to Youth International Award, Top Student HVCC Psychology, Academic Excellence in Physics and the Iron Woman Award.

Athletically, MacKenzie received the Basketball Scholar Athlete Award, was an AAU Junior Olympics participant, received the Sportsmanship Award, was a High School Heisman Scholarship winner and an NYSPHSAA Scholar Athlete.

MacKenzie’s community service includes the following: assisting as an organizer for a youth summit through the Troy Drug Free Community Coalition, volunteer for collecting clothes and Jeans for Teens through Circles of Mercy, Red Cross Blood Drive, Rensselaer Christmas in the City, Trunk or Treat through RADAR, and Kiwanis Club for the Community Pancake Breakfast. She also is a volunteer coach for youth soccer.

CDSWOY will announce the next student-athlete on April 1 and Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through April 7.


“MacKenzie is a student-athlete of the highest character and a leader on and off the field. She has been a captain in three sports and is a great leader and role model for other students in our district. She excels in the classroom as well as a model of what a student-athlete truly means. MacKenzie works hard to maintain a 95 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society. She is serving an internship with the local court system and plans to attend law school. In our community, she has spent time as a volunteer coach for local organizations as well as giving her time to volunteer with several local charities. MacKenzie’s selflessness is one of her strongest and most admirable qualities.”

— William Spath, Director of Athletics

“MacKenzie was a starter and captain on the girls varsity soccer team where her leadership, dedication and hard work were huge attributes to our success and growth throughout the season. She was always willing to give more than what was expected of her. She also excels in the classroom where she is second in her class. She spent several days a week doing an internship at Albany Law School and now is interning at Rensselaer City Court. MacKenzie’s dedication both on the field and in the classroom speaks volumes of her dedication and hard work ethic as both an athlete and student.”

— Kristin Alonzo, Girls Soccer Coach

“MacKenzie has always been dependable, enthusiastic and a leader who is always searching for ways to make herself and those around her better. I believe that her self-discipline and hard work will carry over to life on a college campus and will serve her well as a student-athlete. As an educator and a Veteran of the Marine Corps, I feel that she possesses outstanding characteristics of citizen and leadership.”

— Joel Preston, Former Girls Track & Field Coach/Head Football Coach

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