Scholar of the Week
Miesha Webb of Petersburg High School
by Janeal Downs
When she was in 9th grade and first became a member of her school’s JROTC, store Miesha Webb originally wanted to get out. She didn’t like how tough they were, but her parents made her stay in. Now as a senior, JROTC has taught her discipline, leadership and how to be more active. She is not only a member of the drill team, the color guard team and the rifle team, but this school year she was also named Battalion Commander where she is in command of over 100 cadets. “This is a great honor I do not take lightly,” Miesha stated in an essay. JROTC has given her a chance to blossom into a leader and has greatly influenced her future.
JROTC has influenced her to pursue becoming a member of the military through the Army Reserve. She has been working with a recruiter about the best route for her, but she plans to first attend Norfolk State University. She wants to major in business and eventually obtain her Master’s degree in business administration. A specialization in business will serve her in the future if she decides to run or open up her own business. She has already gained leadership experience through ROTC, but also as a manager at Church’s Chicken.
While she is still in high school, Miesha is also able to participate in community service through the JROTC. She believes that the community is the future and that everyone should work on cultivating it. “During my time at Petersburg High School, my community has afforded me the opportunity to participate in several community service activities that make Petersburg a better place,” Miesha said. She has participated in the Walk against Hunger, Relay for Life, food drives and car washes. She credits her personal development to volunteer work.
In her free time, one of Miesha’s passions is cooking. “Cooking allows me the opportunity to express myself and help my family at the same time,” she stated. Through culinary arts, she has developed more patience and a better understanding of different flavors. She described good chefs as people who follow and respect recipes, because “no great meal has ever come from a rushed recipe.” Her interest in the culinary arts made her want to go to the Culinary Institute of Virginia. However, after she visited NSU, she changed her mind. Now, she may be interested in minoring in culinary arts, possibly having her business focus on culinary arts or even going to culinary school after receiving her business degree.
While JROTC and her community have inspired her to succeed, Miesha’s parents are some of her biggest inspirations as well. Their hard work has influenced her to want to become somebody in life. “Nobody in my family actually went to college so I’d be the first person in my family to go,” Miesha said. She looks forward to not only finishing college, but also developing her skills so she can one day give back to her community.