Mac ran Varsity Cross Country and Track all 4 years and was the team captain for both. He received the Seal of Biliteracy from the State of Georgia for Chinese and is a member of the National Honor Society. He was awarded the Coca-Cola Scholar Athlete Award and the Most Outstanding International Baccalaureate Learner award for senior year.
Mac is studying Mechanical Engineering and is a member of the Cross Country Team.
The first word that comes to mind when I reflect on my time at Heritage and where I am now is foundational. My Heritage experience is one of the key reasons for where I am in my academic and athletic career and my spiritual journey. Heritage was a launching pad like none other.
At North Atlanta I went through the International Baccalaureate Programme, which was one of the hardest things I have done to date. But this challenge did not overwhelm me. Through the foundation Heritage provided, I was taught to: Think with Excellence and constantly strive for it in all that I do, Believe with Confidence and practice renewing my mind to see my trials as the Lord sees them, and Live with Character by respecting and loving my teachers and fellow classmates as Christ taught me to do through the power of the Holy Spirit. While I am still in the early part of my journey, Heritage is the reason why I have an understanding of these concepts and a foundation to build from.
My Heritage experience is not only characterized by this foundation, however. It was also enriched by the people and community that surrounded me, my classmates, the teachers and staff, and even the parents of my classmates.
The experiences that I shared with my friends at Heritage bonded us in such an incredibly unique way. I remember measuring the density of each of our classmates using the water displacement method for a science experiment in Class 8 Physical Science. As a side note, I was the most dense, but that is besides the point. I also remember intense games of capture the flag during P.E., and the middle school trips to Washington D.C. , Savannah, and the Nantahala Outdoor Center.
One other experience that stands out in my memory is when I served as a greeter in class 6 for the Heritage Ambassadors at an Open House. I was accompanied by the father of a fellow middle school classmate. The time I spent talking to him while greeting guests made a great impression on me. If you ever met this father, you would instantly feel the joy emanating from him and I feel that he very aptly characterized the Heritage community. I also distinctly remember thinking to myself, how am I holding a conversation for this long. Looking back on this experience I recognize how much Heritage helped me build the confidence to speak in front of others, which has been instrumental in my growth relationally.
I will forever be grateful for those who poured into me during my time at Heritage that I may grow to pour into others.