The Taliaferro Times photographer and interviewer Zaria Mangrum took time to interview MacKenzie Tolliver about her nomination for Miss Hornet. Tolliver answered questions about what being Miss Hornet would mean to her and also how she hopes to fulfill the expectations of the role.
Zaria: What does success mean to you?
MacKenzie: Reaching and exceeding all your goals in all aspects of life. I want to look back on my life in twenty years and say that I accomplished everything I wanted to.
Z: What values are important to you as a student and potential Miss Hornet?
M: Faith. I’ve always been a faithful person because having something to believe in is security. Relationships. Feeding off other people’s energy. I live my relationships with my family and friends. What’s the point of living life if you don’t have people around you to have fun with and learn from them? Equity. Things function better if everyone is equal. I feel that everyone should have equal opportunities in life.
Z: What activites and clubs are you interested in?
M: Cheer, volleyball, community service especially is something that make me feel good and I love doing it. I did YPI for three years and I’m in NHS.
Z: Have you ever thought about becoming a candidate for Miss Hornet prior to last week? Why or why not?
M: No, definitely not. When I was an underclassman, upperclassmen would mention that I would be a nominee at the least.
Z: Who or what do you look up to as a role model or idol?
M: My mom and my grandmother. My grandma is always so giving and compassionate; she works for others and she’s appreciative of life. My mom is dedicated and hard working and her morals and values are always pure.
Z: What advice can you give to your fellow Booker T. peers for a successful high school career?
M: I just want to say that there’s no place as accepting and loving as Booker T. Don’t just go to school here but live in it and be yourself because in the end it will be worth it.