Student Spotlight: McKinley Mueller brings her acting talent to Glenwood High
Glenwood Springs High School junior McKinley Mueller made the move from Ridgway only last year, but she’s already taking advantage of a wide array of what a bigger community has to offer.
She will represent Roaring Fork High School at the state speech meet this weekend and appear in the musical “Anything Goes” later this spring. She is also a member of Key Club, the National Honor Society, and a volunteer at Mountain Valley Development Services.
Mueller is on a leave of absence from Jimmy Johns to find time for it all, but managed to squeeze a short interview into her busy schedule.
Post Independent: What was it like coming from Ridgway?
McKinley Mueller: It was a really cool place to grow up.
There are about 900 people in the whole town, which is the size of this high school. That has been quite the adjustment. It’s definitely a lot more challenging here, which is really nice and, part of the reason I think my parents decided it was time to go somewhere else. I think it’s so funny when people think of Glenwood as so small.
PI: When did you get into acting?
MM: There was no middle school drama in Ridgway so, as a seventh-grader, I started in the high school-drama department. I’ve done several plays, but this is my first musical. It’s really fun. I love Ms. Mcraith. That cast is amazing.
PI: What’s your role in the musical?
MM: I am Evangeline Harport, the gold digging mother of the lead. It’s an interesting role, because although her motivation is very singular, her emotions are very diverse and I have to portray them accurately and with humor.
PI: Do you find yourself split between acting and speech?
MM: They’re the same passion, just two different outlets. I’m very fortunate that the schedules don’t conflict too much. I love speech. I’m so glad I had the opportunity to continue it here. I do dramatic interpretation.
The topics are usually very depressing. My piece this year is about a woman who tries to kill herself but accidentally kills her family instead. Now she steals jewelry off of dead people.
PI: Are you enjoying your role as an intern in the field?
MM: It’s been really interesting to keep up with local events and think about what our representatives and legislators want to know. It’s good for the student because it teaches us about government and it’s good for them because they get a perspective from within the community.
PI: Any other interests people should know about?
MM: Football! Go Broncos. We’re going to the Super Bowl. I’m super excited about that.
I played soccer for a while, but mostly sports aren’t for me, partially because I have cerebral palsy on my right side.
Reading is monstrous passion of mine.
I also like cop television shows.
I also really like spending time with people who have disabilities. They are very pure and shaped by who they are not what we’re all told.
PI: Any plans for after high school?
MM: It has changed many times, but right now I’m thinking of majoring in political science or international affairs and relations and maybe double majoring in Spanish. I want to go somewhere in the southeast. I have a list of colleges to tour this summer.
I’m ready for something new.
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