From as early as first grade, William Mavity has been interested in filmmaking. He began by making his own claymation short films, and eventually progressed to winning the HIES film festival in the 8th grade. He will be attending the DUKE TIP film program at Chapman University in Irvine, California, this summer.
He combined this passion for filmmaking along with his commitment to community service into an Eagle Scout project for T.J.’s Friends, a fund-raising group of the T.J. Martell Foundation, of which he was a founding member in 2010. Sarah Beth and Grace Ann Perry (students at Marist and Westminster) sought to form the teen group to raise funds for leukemia, cancer, and AIDS research. Each teen had to commit to raising $500.
Within six months this small group of students had raised over $50,000.
William’s documentary took him to the research laboratories at the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, the Atlanta Recording Academy office and Devyne Stephens’ Megatainment offices.
With his passion and his movie camera, he documented the organization’s first 12 months of success, as it raised funds and awareness for cancer research. He accompanied the core team to New York City for the launch of the national T.J.’s Friends group.
William’s 12-year Scout odyssey to the Eagle Award earned him 24 merit badges, and leadership roles as junior scout master, assistant patrol leader, troop historian and crew leader for the Philmont experience in New Mexico this past summer. He was also elected to Greenbar National Youth Leadership Training, and was inducted into the Order of the Arrow. He has camped and hiked at Woodruff, Canada, and Hawaii with his family, along with over 54 overnight troop experiences. He also spent seven summers at Camp Laney for Boys in Mentone, Ala.—first as a camper (earning the Matt Townsend Art Award and Cabin Boy award for three consecutive years), and then returned to work as a WCIT in 2009.
At Marist, he is a four-year crosscountry and track athlete. His work ethic in the classroom has earned him a place on the dean’s list and honor roll, as well as the American Literature award for his sophomore year and the Vanderbilt Creative Writing Book Award for his junior year.
He has been a writer for Marist’s “Blue and Gold” newspaper, and is a founding member of an inaugural History Honor Society. He recently had one of his short stories published in the magazine “Teen Ink” and Marist’s literary magazine, “The Rapier.”
This summer, he will be working with “Connect with Kids” to help the organization with film production.
William is a member of Troop 370, which is housed at St James Church on Peachtree Dunwoody. Harry Evans is the Scout Master. He is the son of Howard and Karla Mavity of Sandy Springs.