Curry High School Principal Eric Woodley couldn't stop smiling as he talked about the character exhibited by one of the school's star students, senior Mackenzie Hamilton."She's just your everyday …
Curry High School Principal Eric Woodley couldn't stop smiling as he talked about the character exhibited by one of the school's star students, senior Mackenzie Hamilton.
"She's just your everyday high school kid, but she's happy when you see her. There's always a smile on her face," he said. "Mackenzie is one of these students that I would like to think of as your outstanding high school student. She comes to school just about every day. She thrives to learn, and she's just outstanding in everything she does for the school."
Hamilton was humble as she detailed her high school accomplishments in early May. The National Honor Society student was actively involved with the high school's yearbook this year and also participated in FCCLA, but she was most excited to discuss her time in the Etc. Club.
The club allows her to have fun with a group of friends that have interests other than sports. Etc. Club members play card games and video games — any activity that may stir a little friendly competition.
"It's fun. We stay there from 3 to 4:30 p.m. every Wednesday. We just get to hang out and everything," Hamilton said.
Outside of school, Hamilton is dedicated to one of her favorite pastimes, writing. She has been crafting poems and short stories since she was a young teen, and she eventually wants to have a career as a journalist.
"I've been trying to write five different books for a couple of years," she said. "They're all Christian romance books."
Hamilton also loves poetry and said one of her favorites is a Cherokee poem.
"The end of the poem says, 'the one you feed.' That's the poem I love the most, because it's basically saying good or bad, light or dark, everything in life can either be good or bad, deciding on what you choose to do," she said.
Faith is incredibly important to Hamilton as well, and she has been a member of Mt. Joy Baptist Church in the Curry community of Jasper since she was a child.
"I know that God will always help you, even when you can't help yourself," she said, prior to offering some advice for overcoming adversity. "Just try your best, even when you don't think you can and know God is always with you, even in your hardest times."
It's her faith and a close group of friends that also helped Hamilton overcome being bullied years ago.
"When you're bullied, you always realize that being nicer to someone can just brighten their day, rather than just pushing them around," she said. "I always try to be nice to people. On my bag I'm carrying right now, it says, 'Be the reason people see the goodness in people.'"
In the fall, Hamilton will attend Bevill State Community College on a Jump Start scholarship, and she later wants to attend the University of South Alabama to major in journalism.