Marcy Channon is a talented artist and writer, a dedicated scholar and an entrepreneur. She’s been taking college classes through the Running Start program for the past two years while she’s maintained a 3.9 grade-point average.
Channon has been described as a diligent young woman who serves as a role model for others.
“Marcy sets very high standards for herself and works hard to achieve at such a level,” Peninsula High School English teacher Michael Blair said. “Marcy possesses the ability to set goals, work hard and achieve.”
Channon’s commitments include leadership roles in several school organizations, including ASB and DECA, a club for young entrepreneurs. A scholar of Chinese language for three years, she participated in a summer camp in China last year. She was one of 20 students from Washington — and the only one from this area — selected to participate in the exchange program by the Confucius Society, alongside other students from the United States.
“It was a great honor,” she said. “It was a very immersive experience.”
Heidi Steele, Channon’s Chinese teacher at Peninsula High, said Channon is highly motivated and takes responsibility for her own learning.
“Chinese does not come easily to Marcy, and, over the years, I have been struck by her dogged determination to stay with something that is difficult for her,” Steele said.
Channon has pursued art through painting, design and writing. She writes her own blog and has created websites for others, including the DECA club. Her artistic talents extend to apparel and graphic design, and she hopes to continue to use those skills in a future career. She said her highest achievement was her ability to stay true to herself and not give into peer pressure.
“It’s hard to lose yourself in high school, but I’ve stayed grounded and connected with the same core group of friends,” she said.
Her well-rounded resume includes being active with Model United Nations, volunteering for the Boys & Girls Clubs and other organizations, participating in Young Life and playing sports.
“Whether she is in the classroom or around the community, Marcy is always doing her best,” Peninsula High Principal Tim Winter said.
Channon plans to study entertainment advertising. Her dream is to work for an entertainment or public-relations firm to create campaigns for films and television shows.
“I have an eye for all things visual,” she said. “I like the Hollywood vibe, so I thought it would be fun to work in entertainment.”
Education: Senior, Peninsula High School
Parents: Thelma and Bryan Channon
Activities/achievements: Intern at Dolly Mama Designs and Piasecki Skincare, creator of MercyMarcy.com; volunteer for Boys & Girls Club and Purdy Elementary; DECA vice president; National Honor Society treasurer; junior class secretary; Chinese exchange program; New York Film Academy summer program; USC summer program.
Favorite teacher: Michael Blair, English, “because his passion for both film and writing has inspired me to pursue a career in advertising/PR.”
Best thing about high school: “Peninsula High School is uniquely awesome because we not only have an amazing principal, Tim Winter, who makes every student feel important (he knows everyone’s name!) but also the kind and accepting student body.”