She joined GHS theater her freshman year. Since Maxey's induction as theater teacher, Stroup said has noticed Maxey wants her student to compete more. "Competitions put our names out there and opens up opportunities for college," Stroup said, adding that she loved to perform in front of others. "There's something about being on stage - it's comfortable." Theatre vice president Chelsea Creswell said she didn't have an interest in drama, but since she needed a fine art credit, she joined theater last year. "I sat in the corner and said nothing, and Miss Maxey would tell me to say or do something," she said. "She got me involved in the AAG Pageant, then one act plays. I started to enjoy it a lot more. I love it, actually. It's great." Nesbitt and Smith also joined theater to get their fine art credits, and have both grown a love for theater. "I liked dressing up in costumes, and I get really competitive," theatre vice president Dylan Nesbitt said. "I wanted to drop out freshman year, but, I had so much fun in something I thought I'd never have fun in." Smith recalled doing warm-ups on stage per Maxey's request. "I was scared at first, and she asked me to join her one-act class," theatre reporter Finis Smith said. "I loved it. I loved getting into character, and I like getting to be out on stage. It's cool." All four students hope to one day either find a career in theater or at least use what they've learned to help them in a future career. Maxey has high hopes for all of her theater students, as some of her former students have gone on after high school to study theater at The Julliard School, as well as universities in New York, Arkansas, California and, of course, Texas. "I had one previous student to just did an audition in New York two weeks ago," Maxey said. "I have numerous students who are now drama teachers. I think I do well in guiding them in a future of theater." But for the immediate future, Maxey's students are looking forward to a new year in theater. "I like her, we actually saw theater the way is was meant to be," Stroup said. "We are bonding better and encourage other people to do better." Happy to teach in Graham, Maxey is exactly where she wants to be right now. "Graham is perfect. The school is the most disciplined, and students' expectations are high," she said.