Since she was a young girl, Marguerite Hendrix has been fascinated by film. As a child who grew up on the wonder and splendor of Disney movies, she has felt a calling to be a part of the film industry.
“I love movies so much. I think they’re so beautiful in so many different ways – there’s so much art form in films,” Hendrix, 18, said.
Hendrix has earned the spot of valedictorian for West High School this year. She will attend the University of Texas in Austin this fall, where she will major in radio, television and film.
Hendrix said she is interested in all aspects of the movie and film industry, from cinematography, script writing, directing and sound mixing.
One film that stood out to her is the 2016 movie “La La Land.”
“I know so many people didn’t like the way the movie ended, but I loved it. But for people to have that kind of reaction to the movie – or any movie – shows how much movies have an emotional impact on people,” Hendrix said.
For her Texas Performance Standard Project her junior year, Hendrix shot a short film about the awareness of sexual assault. The short film was timely, she said, because it was done around the time of the #MeToo movement, when women and men were coming forward with their experiences of sexual assault. The project ranked first in the district among in the high school gifted and talented program.
“Even though it was a serious topic, the project is something I am really proud of because I was able to make a short film about an important topic,” she said.
Karew Schumaker, a biology teacher at West High School, said Hendrix is an all-around excellent kid and student.
“Maggie is one of those people who lights up a room with her smile. She’s academically capable of doing so much but also generally cares for everyone,” Schumaker said. “I know whatever she sets her mind to do, she will accomplish.”
Hendrix said she is thankful for her support system of her family and friends through her high school years. Her mother, Carrie Hendrix, helped her with getting through school work and her dad, Frank Hendrix, always made sure to make her laugh. Her friends also supported her.
“Friends are family that we choose to have in our life, and my friends and family helped me through all the stress,” Hendrix said.