This month, we’re celebrating South Fulton’s Super Seniors!
Meet Kelsey Henderson, a member of Westlake High School’s Class of 2020. This SGA president and Georgia Youth Leadership Award winner has been a force both inside and outside of the classroom. She is well-known for leading the effort to implement a mental health break room at Westlake and expand counselor services on campus. She’s headed to Howard University in the fall and aspires to be a television producer and writer.
Q1: What are some of the things that you’ve been proud to accomplish during your high school career?
A1: Throughout my high school career, I have accomplished so much. I was class president from 9th-11th grade and became SGA president senior year. Holding these positions allowed me to build relationships with my administration and better my school environment for my peers. I also was a four-year varsity soccer player and a proud member of the National Honor Society and National Beta Club.
Q2: How have you given back to your community?
A2: Two of my peers and I founded a nonprofit organization and school club, The Brainy Bunch. We work to implement positive mental health initiatives into the everyday school day to better the mental health of the overall student body. In the 2019-2020 school year, we created a mental health break room at Westlake High School that is accessible to the student body, allowing students a 30-minute break, twice a week. I am also a fourth-year Fulton County Youth Commissioner. I participated in N.E.O tours (Not Even Once tours), which are county-wide drug awareness seminars for local elementary, middle, and high schools.
Q3. What are your plans after high school? What are your career aspirations?
A3: I plan to attend Howard University in the fall as a television and film major with a double major or minor in either business marketing or English. I aspire to become a television producer and writer. I want to create inclusive and inspiring content on a global scale. I also plan to continue working with my organization, The Brainy Bunch.
Q4. Who has helped you the most along the way? How did they make a difference in your life?
A4: My mother helped me the most along the way. Though she passed away this past March, she was there for me every step of the way. From paying for SAT tutoring and helping me with my college applications to finding summer programs, my mother worked very hard with me to make me the best possible student and person I can be.
Q5. Based on your high school experience, what advice would you give to the members of the Class of 2021?
A5: START NOW! Whatever club/ organization you want to start, start it now. Apply to scholarships before senior year starts. The sooner you start building a resume and gathering everything you need, the easier the college admissions process will be.
Do you know a South Fulton Super Senior that deserves to be recognized? Nominate them at firstname.lastname@example.org.