With two parents as teachers, help finding homework to give to her teddy bears, illness or “students”, was always an easy task. Miah Hardy said she has had the “teaching bug” since she was six years old. “Both of my parents are actually teachers so it’s kind of a thing in our household to teach so they really influenced me a lot,” Miah said. She said as an elementary school teacher she will be able to make a huge impact on a child like her teachers did for her. One of her interests is history, especially African American history. Eventually Miah wants to work her way up into teaching History on the middle school and high school level.
As a senior at Richmond Community High School Miah currently has a 4.6 GPA. Her top choice of colleges is Spelman College in Atlanta. “Going to college is the only way I will be able to help raise the future generation of neuroscientists, veterinarians and culinary geniuses,” Miah stated in an essay. While maintaining her grades, Miah is also involved in community service and organizations at her high school. Her leadership roles include serving as the President of the National Honor Society, parliamentarian of Tri M Music Honor Society, Vice President of Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society, Vice President of Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts, and Vice president of the Key Club. As a freshman, she was the president of her class’ student council and currently is the secretary. Among other roles, Miah is also a member of the book club, community council, the German Club, and the Yearbook Club.
While involved in all of these organizations, Miah said her favorite activity includes her work with Future Business Leaders of America. “I really enjoy doing that, that’s a great way to network with different people around the state of Virginia and to also promote different activities,” Miah said. Some activities she helps with in FBLA are Lead to Feed, a program aiming to help end world hunger, and Project Ask which works with children who have cancer.
When asked who influences her to succeed the most in life, Miah said her grandfather who passed away two years ago on her mother’s birthday. If Miah would try to watch TV or something similar, she said her grandfather would always encourage her to make sure her studies were complete. “He would take me to school every day, drop me off at the bus stop, and he always encouraged me to stay in my books,” Miah said.
Miah said she wants the community to know that she is a hard working individual and will always continue her education throughout her life. “I will definitely come back and give to the community no matter what I do or where I am, I will always come back to Richmond,” Miah said.