X'Zashea Lawson-Mayes

McConnell Scholar, Class of 2018

Cadiz, KY

Trigg County High School, 2014



Major: Undecided

Minor: Political Science

Honors Societies

  • University Honors Program
  • Woodford R. Porter Scholar


  • 1st and 3rd place at the DECA state competition
  • Kentucky Youth Assembly, Outstanding Speaker Award
  • All-Region Cheerleader

Community Service

  • Health Occupation Students of America
  • Thanksgiving baskets and Christmas caroling

High School

X’Zashea is a 2014 graduate of Trigg County High School, where she was the freshman and senior class president and co-captain of the academic team. She also served as the president of Health Occupation Students of America and the state president of DECA. Additionally, X’Zashea was vice president of Future Business Leaders of America, a member of both the Beta Club and National Honors Society, and the captain of the cheerleading team.

Favorite Books and Quotations

  • It's Kind of a Funny Story and Be More Chill by Ned Vizzini
  • The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins

"Today I shall behave as if this is the day I will be remembered." -Dr. Suess

"Decide what you want most over what you want now." -Coby Lewis

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