“I feel being a positive influence on my school is very important”, says McKenzie Belcher of Berryhill High School in Tulsa. She is a member of many clubs in her school including being the junior class vice-president, Student Council secretary, National Honor Society historian, a member of Mu Alpha Theta and on the yearbook staff.
She is also an assistant dance teacher at her local dance studio and somehow manages to maintain a 4.0 GPA. After high school she plans to audition for Disney College Program for eight months to learn the way Disney works. If accepted, she would be placed in one of the Disney parks in either California or Florida. She would then attend a University majoring in dance performance. After college she plans to pursue her lifelong dream to work for Disney and become a successful performer and role model for kids.
Maria Guzman, a senior at Owasso High School is a very driven and focused girl. She started working at the age of 14 to save for college as she knew she would be responsible for funding her education. She also volunteers for a number of good causes. She is in Student Council, National Honor Society and is vice president of FCCLA.
She wants to major in international business and says she wants to be “another Hispanic success story”. Her mother brought her family from Columbia to the United States so they could succeed and she plans to do that. “I am a very determined person that has many goals in mind. One of them is to make a difference in my future and someone else’s. I want to inspire minorities to make a difference and to push themselves to become better,” Guzman says.