ALYSSA MCKNIGHT CLINTON
Alyssa McKnight knows how to get things done.
McKnight not only finished first in her class, but she also excelled in two sports at Clinton High School, earning all-conference honors in both tennis and basketball.
“I’m proud of the legacy I left,” McKnight said. “I hope I set an example by trying my hardest.”
McKnight’s biggest impact came in the classroom where she was named to the honor roll after every grading period. She will attend the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville this fall and major in mechanical engineering.
“Last summer I attended the Arkansas Governor’s School of math and it was very intimidating,” McKnight said. “While I was there, I talked to a retired Air Force mechanic, and he talked about the job he had while he was in the service. I always
knew I wanted to get into engineering, but after that I knew I wanted to get into mechanical engineering.”
While at Arkansas, McKnight will be a member of the Air Force ROTC and will be a second lieutenant upon graduation.
One reason McKnight wants to enter the service is because she enjoys traveling. She has already traveled to four of the seven continents.
Her favorite place to visit has been Ethiopia.
“I was really able to absorb the culture,” McKnight said. “The people there are very interesting and they are interested in getting to know you. … We went to some tourist attractions, but they are attractions that are off the map.”
McKnight found positives in playing both tennis and basketball, although they were vastly different sports.
“Tennis was intense,” McKnight said. “Until my senior year, I played doubles and it was a learning experience to rely on a teammate and have them rely on you. But as a singles player, it’s just you and I learned you really have to control your emotions or you will continue to make mistakes. I learned a lot of self-control playing singles.
“In basketball, you just put it all out there,” McKnight continued. “When you’re playing the post, it can get rough in the middle. I consider it football for girls.”