Name: Maya Wynn
High School: Furlow Charter School
College (Current or Future): University of Georgia
Major/Intended Major: Art
Financial Aid Program: Dual Enrollment
Experts say about 1 in 5 people have a learning disability that affects the ability to read, spell, write and speak. In May 2019, Georgia passed Senate Bill 48; legislation looking to address and improve this issue with early testing and required research.
But as scary as this sounds, this common choric condition did not hold back Maya Wynn.
“I struggled a lot in primary school with dyslexia,” said Wynn. “I have been able to improve a lot but starting with that obstacle, I chose to work hard to overcome it and even if a concept or class work might seem difficult, I understand the need to push through.”
Wynn has pushed herself in the classroom, making the honor roll each semester at Furlow Charter School (FCS). She has pushed herself outside the classroom and has excelled as a cross country runner. Wynn finished third in the 5K Run at the 2017 GHSA 1A Public State Championship. Last November, she finished 5th in the State Cross Country Championships last November at Carrollton High School.
Wynn’s running career will end this spring. However, accomplishments like first place finishes in the Andrew College Live art competition and two local art competitions: the Kiwanis Art competition and the postcard competition for the Jimmy Carter National Park Service, it is easy to see what will draw her passion going forward.
“In recent years, I have learned that I really enjoy about anything involving philosophy or the studio arts,” said Wynn. “Both of my grandfathers were artists who worked for MacDonald Douglas as mechanical drawers for one of the spacecrafts.”
It is possible the development of this family tradition would not have been discovered if Wynn had not taken advantage of Dual Enrollment.
“I became passionate after taking my first studio drawing classes at Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) and a literature class where we discussed different philosophers and concepts,” said Wynn, who hopes to work in the field of art therapy, a mashup of two things she is zealous about. “I would facilitate healing for people through sharing this passion. This sounds fun to me, and not like a job at all.”
Wynn is succeeding at the job of high school student in college, taking three semesters of classes at South Georgia Technical College before making the GSW President's list for all A's in her first semester.
“Through Dual Enrollment, I am saving both time and money,” said Wynn. “Because of those classes, I was able to free up my last semester to work on a mural for my school which I plan to complete by graduation.”
After graduation, Wynn will major in art and minor in psychology at the University of Georgia. She will not be running for the track team but is wishing for one more first place finish.
“I will apply for scholarships to help me have more options for colleges,” said Wynn, “(but) I hope to have the grades to get the Zell Miller Scholarship.”