My name is Maya McKenzie and I am from Johns Creek , Georgia. I attend Johns Creek High School with my twin sister Macy. I was born in Birmingham, Alabama, but Atlanta has always been my home. Even when I was little, I was chanting “Go Dawgs” and “Rise up” at the top of my lungs.
I have always enjoyed the flexibility that the English language has given me. This is part of the reason why I am interested in all aspects of Journalism, from print to broadcast. I’ve been around Athens and the Grady College for as long as I can remember. My dad graduated from the University of Georgia, so this school has always been at the top of my college list. My interest specifically focuses on sports journalism. Watching the Falcons play every Sunday is truly the highlight of my week. Although I don’t play either sport, football and basketball simply brings me joy. Maria Taylor and Malika Andrews have been big inspirations to me in this male-dominated industry.
As for my journalism journey, it has been very untraditional. Instead of taking the traditional newspaper and yearbook route, I chose to center my Girl Scout Gold award around my love of interviewing. For this award, I am conducting 10 interviews about the Covid-19 pandemic with doctors, athletes, teachers and other professionals around my community. These interviews will be preserved at the National Library of Congress in Washington, DC. History is a huge passion of mine, but unfortunately not every part of history has been documented for the future. Preserving these interviews will do more for history than just provide statistics about the pandemic. It will expose the raw emotions that people have experienced during these dreadful past years.
Community service is another passion of mine. I serve in The National Charity League with my mother and sister and have held over five officer positions in my chapter. Additionally, I have served over 300 community service hours with the organization. I have been a Girl Scout for 10 years and currently serve as the communications manager for The Older Girls Advisory Board. Lastly, I am the secretary for my high school’s national Beta Club and the upcoming community service chair. Johns Creek is truly a bubble compared to the rest of Atlanta, so I love to give back whenever I can. This is something that I have learned from my parents. My mom and dad have always told me to be kind and remember those who have come before you.
This camp is something that I have been looking forward to since I took a tour of the Grady College, and I cannot wait to learn more about the aspects of journalism.