Submitted by TSB Community
Rebekah Johnson has received the distinct honor of interning in Washington D.C. with K. Michael Conaway, House Representative for the 11th District of Texas. Rebekah is in charge of responding to constituent concerns and assisting in the functioning of the office.
Rebekah had many academic and athletic successes throughout her McKinney Christian Academy (MCA) school career. Prior to graduating from MCA in 2011, she was selected for the Duke Talent Identification Program in 7th grade, scored in the 99th percentile on the ACT and was Valedictorian of the Class of 2011. Rebekah was an AP Scholar with Distinction and a Commended Student in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program. She was selected for the TAPPS 3A Fine Arts Student of the Year Scholarship in 2011.
She competed on the MCA Track team — at the state level — as well as serving as the editor of the MCA school newspaper, The Mane Edition. She was awarded the Presidential Academic Scholarship by George Washington University, valued at $60,000, and accepted an additional $10,400 in college scholarships from TAPPS, Emerson Corporation, the Western Propane and Education Research Council, and Teen Court.
Rebekah, currently in her third semester at George Washington University, in Washington D.C., shared that “MCA helped me learn to take initiative and take responsibility for my work and my experience at school. I use this all the time in college, and all the time at my internship. On the Hill, we have periods of being busy and not as busy, and it is critical that we in the office take that slow time to catch up on work and prepare for the next in-session period of busyness. My supervisor’s schedules may be too full to delegate specific tasks to me, so I have to see what needs to be done and do my best at completing the task!”
In regards to her future, Rebekah expressed “I hope that this internship will be the first of many that help me flesh out what I want to do with my International Affairs degree. I have really learned how important public opinion is in the formulation of foreign policy. The opposite is also true; it is critically important that the foreign policy establishment make their policies clear to the American public so both the government and the people are on the same page.”
Photo credit: MCA 2011 Graduate Rebekah Johnson with the Representative K. Michael Conaway of TX-11, on the Southern Steps of the Capitol