The 18-year-old son of Bill and Babette Henagan has a GPA of 96 and is taking Advanced Placement biology, AP calculus, AP Spanish literature and AP literature during the school year.
He also plays first trombone in the school’s esteemed Ellington Jazz Band, which competes in international jazz competitions.
In addition, he is a member of the varsity lacrosse and varsity wrestling teams.
With all of his schoolwork and extracurricular activities, one would think the student barely has time to sleep, but Henagan has also volunteered with the Metro Atlanta Project for six years, where he has led the building of four playgrounds in low-income areas across metro Atlanta for the past two years.
Henagan recalled a significant moment in volunteering with the organization after it built a playground at a Clarkston elementary school. The school was overcrowded, as the DeKalb County city is home to many refugees.
“As we were finishing building, literally hundreds of children ran outside to play on the playground,” said Henagan. “It was just so cool to see this whole international community of people there to celebrate the playground.”
He has also volunteered with the Boys and Girls Club and has been involved with the Guatemalan consulate in Atlanta after taking a service trip to Guatemala.
His heart for the Guatemalan people urged him to organize a letter-writing campaign to state legislators regarding undocumented residents finding a voice in the U.S.
As one could expect, Henagan plans to major in political science in college, but is unsure exactly what professional career he wants to pursue.
Henagan has applied to both the University of Virginia, where he is a candidate for the school’s competitive Jefferson Scholarship, and Princeton University.