Spotlight on: Maci Olivia Barnwell, valedictorian

Maci Barnwell

Maci Barnwell, valedictorian for the Class of 2020 at Jacksonville Christian Academy. Photo by Stephen Gross / The Anniston Star

Maci Barnwell is this year’s valedictorian at Jacksonville Christian Academy. She has earned multiple academic awards, as well as the award for Best Offensive Volleyball Player. Barnwell received a four-year, merit-based scholarship to Jacksonville State University, where she plans to study secondary education with a focus on English. 

How has the pandemic affected you? The pandemic has affected my life in many ways. Not only am I unable to leave my home, but I am also not allowed to visit my friends and family. In addition, I lost the fourth quarter of my senior year, prom and banquets. I am hoping that there will be a graduation, but we are not sure currently. Although it is very disheartening, I am thankful for good health and safety.