Mackenzie Cook, a 15-year old freshman at Seckman High School in Imperial, MO, was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at the age of  four.  She has worked incredibly hard to overcome many hurdles, and as she still faces daily struggles, her artwork has become one of the most therapeutic outlets in helping her deal with those struggles.
Mackenzie is a bright and talented young lady. She’s a straight-A student, and her teachers love having her in class.  She has always loved to draw in her sketch books, and she uses her drawings to communicate her emotions. In second grade, Mackenzie was a first-place winner with a chalk drawing of a raccoon at the Mastodon Art Fair.  Mackenzie is hoping to have a career in animation after high school.
Mackenzie also suffers from depression and anxiety, so the “Unspoken Words” event was a perfect way to communicate her feelings and let others see her talent.
Mackenzie is the youngest of two.  She has a brother, Nathan Cook who is 22, and her mother is Antoinette Cook.
Mackenzie’s family and friends are beyond proud of her and are thrilled that her artwork is being displayed in honor of Autism Awareness Month. We cannot wait to see all the great things her future has in store for her.
Thank you, 42 Maple Contemporary Art Center, for making Mackenzie part of this amazing event.
The Cook Family
Mackenzie’s artwork was selected to be part of the Unspoken Words exhibit in April 2016, which featured works by artists who fall on the Autism Disorder Spectrum, and was made possible through a partnership with Autism Speaks.