Magnolia Anne McCombs is a Senior this year and attends classes at Hilger Higher Learning. She plans to start college at Dalton State this fall and is interested in studying English and Foreign Language. She has just taken a job in a Mexican restaurant to hone her Spanish skills.
It has been a pleasure to teach Maggie at home. From an early age she has been interested and motivated to learn. Her kindergarten teacher said she wouldn't “ fit in” very well because she was already reading books while the other students were learning the alphabet. Magnolia has been home schooled ever since except for two years at Grace Baptist Academy where she made the 'A' Honor Roll.
Maggie's love for reading never changed. In 2002 she read U.S. Senator Max Cleland's autobiographical 'Strong in the Broken Places'. When Maggie was finished she wrote to Senator Clelend thanking him for the sacrifice he made for our country. She also told him that she was glad he was a Christian and that even if we were from the “other “party it didn't matter to her. Senator Clelend was impressed and subsequently wrote and called to speak with Magnolia. She would eventually get to meet him and be his guest at a dinner. Maggie also served as a page for state representative Tom Dickson.
Maggie also has an uncanny ability to 'read' people. As
a parent this gives me comfort; knowing that she will be able to
discern good from bad, and avoid the bad.
Maggie has been recognized for her ability to write by family and teachers. She also has a great memory which has not only helped her in school but also for church dramas and scripture memorization in the Awana program. Billie and I are very proud of Maggie. She shows no partiality in dealing with people. She is a fearless, hardworking trooper who I know will go far.
This is from her Dad; who never figured out if that Girl Scout song said dumb dumb dadda or dumb dumb daughta. I certainly think the former is more accurate.
Maggie on walnut street bridge
Maggie out of pool