Louisville Magazine

NOV 2018

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140 LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 11.18 BOARD BACK Still Super Catching up with three past Super Kids. By Maya O. McKenzie Mackenzie Smith Super Kids Vol. 1 (2012) Then: Mackenzie was a seventh-grader at Highland Middle and her artwork could be seen on the side of a TARC bus. "I've never really been interested in playing," she said. "My friends had a playroom and I had an art room." When we asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up, she said, "I want to have art be the main thing." Now: "Visual art is still my passion!" says Mackenzie, who graduated from the visu- al arts magnet at Manual High School in May. She received the full-tuition Hendershot Scholarship to attend the Hite Art Institute at the University of Louisville. "I'm planning to major in graph- ic design, with a minor in marketing," she says. "I hope to work as part of a creative team for a large company." Amanda Tu Super Kids Vol. 3 (2014) Then: Amanda was a junior at Manual and an advocate for food justice. "No matter what your race is, no matter what your socioeconomic class, no matter where you live, every- one should be able to enjoy access to fresh, affordable produce," she said. Now: Amanda is a junior at Stanford University studying product-design engineering and creative writing. "Food jus- tice is what set me on the path to design solutions to improve wellbeing — from diabetes management to care of medi- cally complex infants to youth mental health," she says. Evan Sennett Super Kids Vol. 3 (2014) Then: Evan, a budding film- maker, was a senior at Manual. Now: Evan is wrapping up his bachelor's degree at the University of Toledo, where he's double-majoring in film and English literature. He'd like to get his Ph.D. in American literature and, someday, teach. And he's still collaborating on films with high school friend Matthew Rivera. "We have now made 10 films together and have been in well over 100 film festivals all around the world," Evan says. "These days, I like to look at film and filmmaking as text. In other words, I view cinema as synon- ymous with literature." Over the summer, they shot Trouble at Twilight, which takes place against the backdrop of decaying Kentucky roadside attractions.

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