Each Monday in the online edition and Tuesday in the print edition, The Sun features a teen selected from nominees submitted by guidance counselors throughout the region. Near the end of the school year, one of the students profiled will be named Teen of the Year and receive a $5,000 scholarship. An additional student will be chosen for an Inspiration Award and a $1,000 scholarship.
McGee sees his interests in law and psychology as an extension of his desire to understand other people.
He looks to his family history in the legal field for some inspiration but also feels pulled by his own struggles with anxiety toward a career that would allow him to benefit others dealing with similar struggles.
"Being able to research and pursue something that is not only of great interest to me personally, but also to other people, that would appeal to me," he said.
McGee currently holds a 4.25 grade-point average and is taking seven advanced placement classes this semester.
He's been involved in teen court, is active in the National Honor Society and volunteers at the Baptist Health Auxiliary Gift Shop.
All of those things provide more opportunities for him to watch people and take in the information that fascinates him most. "I think it's very easy just to focus on your own problems, your life, your situation, but in reality there's so much to learn, there's so many different ways of viewing things," he said.
"I think everyone wants to improve, but you have to look to others if you want to improve yourself."