Without a doubt Marianne has the Academics – maintaining a 4.0 unweighted/4.45 weighted with a heavy load of AP’s and dual-enrolled her junior and senior year; was a member of Lakeside Band her freshmen/sophomore years and on the Yearbook staff her sophomore, junior and senior year (Editor). She has also been a member of the Lakeside tennis team (Captain) all four years.

Marianne has been recognized by receiving AP Scholar with Distinction, George Eastman Young Leaders Award, Georgia Certificate of Merit, and Kenyon Book Award, as well as the Georgia State University President’s List. All of this while learning to pull shots, steam milk and craft over 50 drinks at Chocolate’ Coffee!

Along with her awards and recognitions, she has been involved at Lakeside from Valhalla Yearbook (Editor), Mu Alpha Theta Math Honors Society (President), Spanish Honors Society (President), Fellowship of Christian Athletes (Vice President), and National Beta Club (President); and involved with the Civic Engagement Club. She also helped coordinate a fundraiser on behalf of a Women’s Shelter by selling Christmas luminaries.

In Marianne’s essay, we found out about her strong interest in tutoring. How as a sophomore she was recruited by a fellow Lakeside Tennis team member to join Viking Aid Tutoring Organization, and is currently the President. The Viking Aid Tutoring Organization works with elementary students tutoring in math and reading. Under her leadership they have expanded the service to include ESOL students at the elementary schools and has now also expanded it further at the high school by establishing both Spanish and Math peer tutoring. She has also used her interest in working with students by establishing a tutoring program for children in foster homes as her Girl Scout Gold Award project.

Just think, this interest was sparked by being recruited on her tennis team to join a club working with elementary school students! And now as she prepares to leave for Vanderbilt, she is already planning on joining the Mentor “TENNIS”see Program, which provides after school care to disadvantaged students in Nashville.

Like Jimmy Mac, it is obvious that Marianne goes into her projects whole-heartedly! In the last 100 words she offered through her personal statement, she shared, “My family traditions, history and identity are my favorite part about myself and the ideal I value above all.” Which immediately took us all back to Jimmy Mac always holding his family close to his heart. We think Marianne receiving this award is something that would make him truly happy.