Kevin Mejeska has become the newest assistant district attorney within the six-county Toombs Judicial Circuit.
At the same time, the 26-year-old Mr. Mejeska also is the newest member of the radio broadcast team for Friday night football coverage of the Thomson High School Bulldogs. He serves as statistician and provides color commentating with Dennis Sanders, his boss at the district attorney's office and Ralph Starling, a local banker.
One of the biggest highlights of his young life occurred last Friday when he was sworn in as one of the newest members of the Georgia Bar Association. A special ceremony was held in the McDuffie County Superior Courtroom in Thomson, where Mr. Mejeska was administered the oath as a lawyer by Chief Judge Roger W. Dunaway Jr. Judge Harold Hinesley also participated in the ceremony.
"This is one of the biggest days of my life," Mr. Mejeska proclaimed, as colleagues from the district attorney's office, local trial lawyers and family members watched. "This is a very happy occasion."
His parents, Ric and Jo Anne Majeska, both of Atlanta, where their son grew up, attended the special swearing in ceremony at the courthouse. His grandfather, Dick Mejeska, of Doraville, also was there.
Mr. Mejeska is one of four assistant district attorneys, who works under Mr. Sanders.
"Everybody here has been so supportive and tried to help me in anyway they could," said Mr. Mejeska, whose first day on the job was back on Aug.1. "This is a great opportunity that I have been given."
Right now, he said, he's just taking it one day at a time and learning as much as he can from everybody.
"I want to take full advantage of the opportunity that Mr. Sanders has given me to work as an assistant district attorney," said Mr. Mejeska. "I want to be ethical and fair about everything I do."
Mr. Mejeska, who graduated from Furman University with a major in business, later decided to attend law school. He chose Mercer University Law School, where he graduated last May.
"I took stock of my strengths and decided that being a lawyer would be a good fit," said Mr. Mejeska. "I've always enjoyed being on stage and performing and the different challenges that those things present."
Being an assistant district attorney is a little like that, he explained.
"It's very enjoyable," said Mr. Mejeska. "It keeps you wanting to come to work."
Stage acting is something he already knew something about long before he sat foot in a courtroom. As a teenager attending Marist High School in Atlanta, where he graduated in 2000, he was a member of the drama team.
He later had aspirations of becoming a sportscaster. Even though that never materialized, Mr. Mejeska did become a statistician with two different national television sports operations - FOX TV Network and ESPN. He kept the stats for FOX Sports broadcasters when they came to Georgia to cover the Atlanta Braves. He did the same thing for ESPN when they covered the Braves and the Atlanta Falcons in football.
That's in a sense how he landed the job in the radio booth with Mr. Sanders and Mr. Starling, who have for years provided play-by-play action of all Thomson High School football games. Aside from his love of keeping stats, Mr. Mejeska also offers an outstanding broadcast voice.
"It's been great being in the booth with Dennis and Ralph this season," said Mr. Mejeska. "I think we all work real well together."
He also believes that providing statistics to Mr. Sanders during the course of the game adds a new dimension to the coverage offered listeners of the Thomson games.
Being affiliated with the local broadcasters of Thomson High football games "has been a great way to get to know a lot more people in Thomson. The Bulldogs have been great to watch all season. I'm looking forward to seeing them in the playoffs."
1) swear_in.eps -- cutline: Kevin Mejeska takes his oath from Chief Judge Roger W. Dunaway Jr., during a ceremony last week at the McDuffie County Courthouse.