October 19, 2013

Citizen of the Week: Macavan Kalafut

The Daily Citizen

DALTON — Those who know Macavan Kalafut are quick to learn he wants to make a difference.

The junior at Coahulla Creek High School has done that in a number of ways, from performing at the Dalton Little Theatre to volunteering in the Special Olympics to being a teen leader in 4-H in which he helps younger 4-H’ers. He is the captain of the swim team at his school and is on the school’s video production crew.

“Macavan strives to live out the 4-H motto, ‘To make the best better,’” said Whitfield County 4-H Agent Kandi Edwards. “Macavan’s desire to serve in his community has given him many opportunities to make this motto a reality through his participation in various 4-H community service activities.”

“Putting his swimming abilities to good use, he also serves as a unified partner for the Special Olympics swim team,” Edwards said. “He is a member of the Special Olympics Youth Forum and assists the Master’s Special Olympics bowling team.”

He has been a 4-H’er since the fifth grade and likes to participate in all the 4-H district and state events, she said.

“Macavan has developed his speaking skills through the 4-H Project Achievement district competitions, and this past July, Macavan competed in the History category at the annual 4-H State Congress event in Atlanta after placing first at the district level,” Edwards said. “He is on the 4-H leadership team and is an avid fan of 4-H programs and events. Macavan’s desire to do his best at even the smallest task makes him a perfect fit with Whitfield County 4-H’ers.”

Edwards said Kalafut always has an inspirational thought to share. One of his favorite quotes, she said, is by an unknown author: “It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves. It is impossible to find it elsewhere.”

Kalafut’s family members are parents Mike and Maura and sisters Maggie and Madeline. After high school, he hopes to study either visual effects or community service-based work so he can continue helping with causes like 4-H and the Special Olympics.

“The Dalton-Whitfield community has a great example of a good citizen in Macavan, and Whitfield County 4-H is proud he is one of ours,” Edwards said.

We at The Daily Citizen agree and name him our Citizen of the Week.