Congrats Mya Adams ~ Lilly Finalist!
Congratulations to Mt. Vernon High School senior, Mya Adams, who was one of two seniors in Hancock County to receive the coveted Lilly Endowment Scholarship. She will receive a four-year tuition at an Indiana college or university.
Mya Adams is heavily involved in Mt. Vernon High School’s clubs and activities. She has been a part of the Student Government for three years, a Marauder Mentor for three years, and the National Honor Society for the past two years. Mya participates with the parent-led group at Fortville Elementary to execute school activities such as festivals, trunk or treats, dances, and babysitting for PTO meetings.
An activity that sets her above the curve is that this past summer, Mya wanted to help struggling students in a personal way. She then developed the website called Outreach Tree which places informational QR codes in the bathrooms of Mt. Vernon High School. The codes lead to information and resources on mental health, drug abuse and addiction, adolescent abuse, bullying, and more. This has been a special experience for Mya as her main hope was to, “leave my school better than I found it.” In addition her involvement through Ballerina’s Academy of Dance, where she has compiled music and lesson plans to teach young children to dance. After high school, she plans on attending Butler or Notre Dame University and majoring in political science, psychology, and history to pursue a career in public law.
Though there could only be two winners, Mt. Vernon High School had two highly qualified finalists, Misha Patel, and Mya Adams. To even be considered for this scholarship, Misha and Mya had to prove their academic excellence by being in the top 15% of their graduating class while also displaying their outstanding involvement and service to the community. The applications were reviewed blindly, and community service is one of the primary considerations for this scholarship.
Misha has been a three-year member of Y-GIVE where she volunteers with organizations at Traditions at Brookside, Head Start, Hancock County Senior Services, and Match Day. Misha and her mother help feed hundreds of devotees each weekend at the Hindu Temple of Central Indiana. Misha volunteers at the Hancock Health Emergency Department supporting the medical professionals, patients, visitors, and the volunteer advisor. She has served through Youth Leaders of Hancock County and volunteered at organizations such as Lambswear, Kenneth Butler Memorial Soup Kitchen, Fortville Community Center, Fortville Fire Department, and more. Misha also participates in multiple school activities like Student Government, the National Honor Society, the Asian Student Union, Marauder Mentors, the Science Olympiad, and the Math and Fine Art Academic Teams.
Mt. Vernon High School Principal, Brooke Tharp, states, “It is clear why Misha and Mya were selected to be finalists for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. They represent their school and community with high integrity, dedication, and passion. They are exemplars for giving back and showing compassion to others, and we are incredibly proud of both of them.”
Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation is extremely proud to have hard-working students in academics who also prioritize the importance of giving back to their community. Mt. Vernon Schools wishes both Maitlyn and Hayden the best of luck in their future endeavors!