Student Spotlight: Mackenzie Boughey
By Kyle Russell '20
Did you know that Mackenzie Boughey, as a sophomore in high school, led a march against gun violence with 2,800 people in downtown Annapolis? Mackenzie has been educated in politics ever since she could remember. Her parents told her that they would support everything that she believed in; however, she did not think about that advice until high school began. When her sophomore year began, Mackenzie realized that change needed to happen in this world and she believed that she could take action.
On December 14, 2012, a shooting occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. For Mackenzie, this turned out to be an awakening that led her to become the student who we know now. On February 14, 2018, someone opened fire at Stoneman Douglas High School, killing seventeen people, and Mackenzie felt the need to take action. At sixteen years old, Mackenzie gathered several students and teachers from the area to lead an event in Annapolis called March For Our Lives. The purpose of this march was to raise awareness about gun violence and to call for stronger gun laws in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
Mackenzie also had the opportunity to speak to local politicians and participate in round-table discussions regarding gun laws. In February of 2019, Mackenzie was surprised by the Comptroller of Maryland, Peter Franchot, at a morning meeting. Franchot awarded Mackenzie the William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award. As of now, Mackenzie is working on her Fellows Project, which is a documentary about student activism, ranging from the Civil Rights Era of the 1960’s to the rise of gun violence now. Mackenzie is interviewing local politicians and past student activists to create her documentary.