Stats: 18, Senior at Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Magnet High School in Nashville, TN
- Named a “National AP Scholar”
- Varsity tennis player
- SGA Chairman of Finance/Treasurer
- eBay Merchant
- Executive Mayor’s Youth Council member
- Initiated children’s church within Corinthian Baptist Children’s Church
- Member of National Beta Club
How it began:
Joshua McDonald has a special interest in finance. He’s been an eBay merchant since 2010, serves as the Chairman of Finance and Treasurer for Martin Luther King Magnet’s SGA, and was the Vice President during his participation in the Youth Entrepreneurship Spring Internship Program (YESIP). During his term as Vice President, Joshua won an award for the best business proposal.
He also carries other leadership roles within the community. He’s an Executive Mayor’s Youth Council member, Senior Patrol Leader as an Eagle Scout, and he’s the Head Teacher and Coordinator of Corinthian Baptist Children’s Church. “With my pastor’s permission, I started children’s church in the upstairs classrooms,” says Joshua. He says the goal is to “educate the youth in Christ, life, and some academic topics.”
“I would like to become an investment banker, or more specifically a mergers and acquisitions magnate,” says Joshua.
After high school, Joshua is excited about his plans to attend the University of Chicago with the hopes of getting one more step closer to fulfilling his dreams of becoming an investment banker.
“To be honest, God has provided the most inspiration in my life, because I believe he leads and guides me to wherever I need to be,” says Joshua.
The greatest advice he’s received was to let his words show his value. He was taught to make sure that whenever he says anything, he should know what he’s talking about when he speaks.
Joshua’s mother Rita McDonald admires her son Joshua’s confidence and willingness to speak truthfully even during challenging times.
Overall, she’s helped Joshua in many respects including being a “taxi cab”, making connections, and providing discipline.
Parent to Parent:
Rita McDonald picked up a drive for making money and negotiating from her mother. “My mother is very strategic with finances and I found that fascinating.” But, in addition to learning money management, Rita believes the best advice she’s received from her parents was to believe and know God for herself.
Rita’s advice to others is “be consistent on what you expect and never back down.”