MIkayla Roller is an Academic All-Star from Blue Springs Hgh School.
SCHOOL: Blue Springs High School
HONORS: Top 1 percent; AP Scholar with Honor and philanthropist for the National Honor Society.
ACTIVITIES: Chorus member in all of the high school’s musicals; member of the Swing Choir, orchestra and A Cappella Choir; Co-Vice President of Hi-Step; Hi-Step room leader; A plus tutor at James Lewis Elementary for the music class; volunteer with church youth group, Outreach International and Recycling Club (Hope Society); member of the JV Soccer team and member of the cross country, freshmen softball and track and field teams.
What advice do you have for next year’s freshmen?
My number one advice for incoming freshman - push yourself. It may be tempting to take the easy way out, to take underwater-basket-weaving classes instead of calculus or chemistry. But conquering hard work is rewarding. And you find out little bits about yourself along the way.
Who was your favorite teacher and why?
Hands down, my favorite teacher was Mr. Trusty. He crafted European history and U.S. history into giant stories that everyone wanted to hear and made sure that each of his students felt prepared for the AP tests. The most important lessons I learned from Mr. Trusty - study, it helps a lot. Always expect a Presidents quiz. Never never never invade Russia. Ever.
When you were not in school or studying, what did you most enjoy doing?
I’ve loved being a part of the school musicals. They gave me an excuse to sing and dance and be super cheesy. When I lacked coordination (which was pretty much every day), I made up for it in facial expressions. The best part? Watching nothing turn into something. Something great.
What college do you plan to attend and why?
I will be attending William Jewell College in the fall to participate in their Oxbridge Honors Program. Oxbridge is all about tutorial style learning, and I’m super psyched to be pushed and held accountable for deeper learning. I plan to major in International Relations and Oxbridge Institutions and Policy.
What do you see yourself doing 10 years from now?
In 10 years, I see myself finishing a PhD, working in Foreign Affairs, fighting Global Warming, planting trees, speaking Arabic fluently and riding my bicycle.