Through the support of my talented teachers and the use of Irving’s plentiful programs and resources, I have been able to accomplish so much in my 13 years of being a part of Irving ISD. I have been able to explore my career interests in the engineering field through Irving’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) , and more specifically (ACE) Architecture, Construction and Civil Engineering program. Through the program, I have won competitions at both the state and national level, I’ve been interviewed by D magazine, and I have found a love for engineering which I will continue to explore and foster in college and beyond.

I was also able to get involved and join many clubs and organizations in high school. I was on the (UIL) University Interscholastic League Literary Criticism team for three years and served as captain of the team for the past two years. I won many first place awards at tournaments, both individually and as a team. I was most involved, however, in my school’s drill team, Cardettes. As a three-year Cardette, I have served as both first lieutenant and captain, and have grown so much as a dancer and a leader. The team has become like my second family and my time spent with my teammates has been so memorable and invaluable.

In addition to all of the programs that have been available to me, I have taken full advantage of the many AP (Advanced Placement) courses offered to me at my high school. Not only have I been able to gain hours of college credit in high school for free, but my AP classes have prepared me for the rigor of college classes and earned me distinctions like AP Scholar with Distinction and National Merit Commended Scholar. I will be continuing my education at the University of Texas in the fall as a biomedical engineering major, and it’s safe to say that my education in Irving ISD has prepared me for college and has given me the tools and the confidence to be successful in life beyond the classroom.


Macie McKee

MacArthur High School

Class of 2021