The Arthur Ashe Award is an essay award sponsored by the National Junior Tennis and Learning organization. The winners are students who wrote on a topic of a local hero that they admire. South Fulton is proud to be the home of both the National and Regional winners!
McKenzie Oliver, daughter of Gary and Mia Oliver, is a 7th grade student at Hapeville Charter Middle School. She was selected as an Arthur Ashe Essay Contest Regional Winner by USTA Southern in the 11/12 Girls Division. She was the recipient of an all-expense paid trip to the Winston-Salem Open to experience the inner workings of a professional tennis tournament and interact with the players. McKenzie was the Georgia State winner chosen from those contestants that did not win the National trip to New York. McKenzie is an honor student, member of the National Beta Club and volleyball team at Hapeville Charter Middle School. Upon completion of college, McKenzie aspires to be an architectural engineer. Her dream college is Stanford University as they have one of the top architectural engineering programs in the nation. At 12 years of age, she conceptualizes the concept of dreaming big. McKenzie loves the game of tennis and has participated in many USTA tournaments, played on many USTA Jr Tennis Teams and Wilson Pre-Collegiate Tennis Teams. She understands the importance of diet and exercise and plays tennis on a regular basis.