McKayla was born in Cape Girardeau MO and moved to New Hampshire before her first birthday. She is just about to turn 16 years old and is a sophomore in High School. She is very active in both her school and community and cares deeply about promoting STEM education. She was nominated to serve as a camp counselor for a computer programming camp at the University of New Hampshire during summer 2018 (Camp EPIC). In terms of school leadership, she started a Model United Nations organization and serves as its president. She is co-president of her school’s First Robotics Club and is working to develop her team’s technical skills. McKayla also worked extensively on a campaign to support a warrant article to renovate the aging school she attends. Through her participation in the Civil Air Patrol, she has 7 hours of flight time and recently promoted to the rank of a non commissioned officer (Sergeant). She is the recipient of several academic and leadership awards including the American Legion School Award for Excellence in Leadership, the Mary Feik Award for Leadership and Aerospace Engineering, the Marie Curie Award for Excellence in Science and many Air Force flight awards. She was also recently admitted to the National Honor Society. In August 2018 she attended Advanced Space Camp at NASA in Alabama. At Space Camp, McKayla trained for a week and was picked to be the commander of a futuristic Mars mission. At camp, she used the engineering skills she acquired through working at UNH Camp EPIC and from the Pre- Engineering class offered at the Seacoast School of Technology. McKayla hopes to work in the aerospace industry and perhaps even serve her country as an astronaut. McKayla plans to get her pilot's license and work as a Flight Test Engineer. Specifically, McKayla loves the study of astrophysics and is excited about the future of space exploration. She hopes to attend Embry- Riddle Aerospace Engineering camp this summer as well as Elite Space Academy at NASA. McKayla hopes to attend a 4-year college, study aerospace engineering and maybe someday even land on Mars.