When MacKenna Eddy used her passion for art to stand up for something she believes in, the reward was larger than life.
MacKenna, daughter of Condenser Engineering Technician Thomas Eddy, is the winner of the 2019 Kalamazoo County Substance Abuse Task Force Youth Billboard Design Competition. The contest is held annually during high school prom season to bring awareness to the problems of underage drinking.
As the winner out of over 50 submissions, MacKenna had the opportunity to share her voice in a big way. Her poster design was made into a full sized billboard displayed around Kalamazoo County. She also received movie tickets, and had the opportunity to record a local public service announcement.
Tom said MacKenna waited to tell him and his wife about the contest until she found out she won, so they were both surprised and thrilled when they heard the news.
“It was an exciting day when we found out she won!” Tom said. “It was one of those proud parent moments, seeing her taking a stand against something like underage drinking.”
This fall, MacKenna will be a senior at Climax High School. In her spare time, Tom says she can be found painting, fulfilling her passion for art. She also loves being outdoors, and their summers are full of trips to the lake to go fishing.