In honor of VOX’s 25th birthday on May 13, 2018, we are celebrating 25 Days of VOX! For the 25 days leading up to our birthday, we will be sharing short profiles of people who have been a part of VOX’s journey during our first quarter century. Follow along to learn more about the people who have made VOX the place where teens speak and Atlanta listens. Check out the other profiles here.
Marcelle English is one of our original VOX alums! She continues to stay involved with the organization as a volunteer. Read on to hear about her time at VOX, including her involvement as part of the VOX Teen Olympic News Bureau in 1996. Marcelle is pictured above in the middle, back row, with the rest of the Olympic News Bureau.
When did you join VOX? Either 1993 or 1994.
What are you up to now? Today I am running two companies. One called Jersey Girl Sports, which launched back in 2009 as a multi-media platform for female sports fans. The second is a branding and PR agency that specializes in sports, hospitality, travel, and lifestyle.
What’s your favorite VOX memory? What impact has VOX had on you? Overall VOX had an amazing impact on me. There are things that Rachel said then that I still quote and live by today as I am either writing a piece or running my businesses. However, if I had to single out one thing, I would say it was being a part of the Olympic News Bureau for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. Here you had some amazing young talent and we are getting to cover the biggest sporting event in the world. From the Olympic Village to Centennial Park, to the various venues around the state, we were everywhere. It was an amazing and growing experience for a lot of us. I always remember the adult support that we received as well. There were people who were at the top of the journalistic food chain here in the city and they were taking time to show us around, edit stories, and pitch stories. My mentor at the time, Ben Brown for the USA Today, shared a sports byline with me that was on the cover of the sports section. I received my first national byline at 17 years old, who gets to do that?!?!? Today I run my own sports media company where I can have those types of experiences every day.
What’s your hope for VOX’s future? With where we are in this country, your voice is the one thing that you own, that you can control. It’s the one thing that no one can take away from you. I hope that no matter how big VOX gets, no matter how many corporate partners it acquires, that the voice and the experiences of the youth don’t change.
What 3 words would you use to describe VOX? Impactful, inspiring, and just fun.
Learn more about VOX’s 25th birthday and how we’re celebrating this milestone here.