Macey Mayes

McConnell Scholar, Class of 2018

Central City, KY

Muhlenburg County High School, 2014


Major(s): English, Political Science

Minor: Religious Studies

Honors Societies

  • University Honors Program
  • Honors Scholar


  • National Senior Beta, John W. Harris Leadership Award and Top 5 scholarship recipient

Community Service

  • Family Scholar House
  • Project WARM
  • RaiseRED Dance Marathon

High School

Macey is a 2014 graduate at Muhlenberg County High School where she was the president of the National Honors Society, Y-Club, and Art Club, and vice president of Beta Club and Drama Club, and a senior class representative on student council. Macey also was a member of the varsity soccer team and the academic team. Additionally, Macey was a volunteer coach for the North Middle School Dance Team and a regular participant in the Memory Walk for Alzheimers research. She was a 2013 Kentucky Governor's Scholar at Morehead University.

Favorite Books and Quotations

  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

"We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, 'O me! O life!... of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless... of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?' Answer: that you are here; that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse; that the powerful play GOES ON and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?"
-John Keating, Dead Poets Society

BLOG- Macey's reflections on life as a McConnell Scholar