She has appeared on national television, interned with the governor’s office, co-hosted a weekly live stream, founded student club chapters, served as vice president for multiple organizations, been a campus correspondent for a political organization, and – oh yeah – all while being a student. Sound familiar?
It will sound familiar if you know Hill Country’s 2018 Valedictorian, McKenna Dallmeyer. Since starting college in the fall of 2018 at Texas A&M University, she has been going nonstop. As a freshman, McKenna made a lasting impact on campus. She founded a chapter of Young Women for America, became the Campus Correspondent for the organization Campus Reform, served as Events Coordinator for Turning Point USA, served as Vice President of Christians United For Israel and using what time she had left, was an active member of Team 12 (a professional organization that assists with special events and game-day operations for the Texas A&M Department of Athletics).
McKenna recently completed an internship with the governor’s office, where she vetted potential appointees who applied to serve on various boards or commissions, along with helping to plan several seminars. “It was such an honor to go to work in the Texas State Capitol every day and meet with Governor Abbott on several occasions,” she says. “Within these roles, I have learned so much about myself and my work ethic.” She was also recently awarded Rookie of the Year by Young Women of America for establishing a chapter of YWA at Texas A&M.
On October 9th, 2019, McKenna appeared on the Fox and Friends morning news program in response to public criticism by a business owner (whose business Dallmeyer planned to patronize) because of her political beliefs. During the nationally televised interview, McKenna called for dialogue and tolerance among those who differ in their political beliefs, citing her Christian faith as the reason for holding her convictions.
McKenna broke from her busy life to recount some memories of events at Hill Country that helped to shape her into who she is today. “First and foremost, the Christian foundation that I established while in middle and high school without a doubt made, and makes, my time here [at college] a lot easier,” she says. “Hill Country prepared me academically, especially in the area of rhetoric and writing. I am confident in my writing and speaking abilities and had a solid background in both areas when entering college. I believe this is what landed me a job as a contributor for Campus Reform, and [gave me] opportunities to speak at conferences and events on behalf of the organizations I am a part of.”
In rare fashion for a college student, McKenna accepted a full-time position as assistant to the Senior Vice President of Development for Convention of States (a state’s rights organization) and will dedicate herself to her career while completing her undergraduate degree through Liberty University.