Mya Davis has a dream. The Huntington High School Class of 2020 member wants to be a medical doctor specializing in pediatric neurology. The teenager captured a scholarship to begin her quest at the University of Connecticut, where she plans to study molecular and cellular biology.
“I chose UConn for its strong sense of community and pride as well as its amazing research programs,” Ms. Davis said. “It also helps that I got a scholarship. I plan to become a pediatric neurologist and do research on neurological disorders.”
Huntington Class of 2020 member Mya Davis is headed to the University of Connecticut.
An Advanced Placement Scholar, Ms. Davis has been an extremely strong student and she’s flourished at the high school. “I feel Huntington has prepared me and provided many opportunities,” she said. “If you want to get anything done or have questions you must reach out to mentors and companies. I feel as though I am ready for college, especially with time management and prioritizing.”
The teenager thrived in many of Huntington’s most challenging classes. “The most interesting course I took had to be Advanced Placement Chemistry,” Ms. Davis said. “I love chemistry in general and being able to take a course that dives deeper into it was an amazing experience. The most valuable courses were AP Seminar/Research, AP US Government and Politics and AP Physics.”
Ms. Davis said that AP Seminar/ Research taught her how to present to an audience and to write a formal research paper. “AP US Government and Politics helped me understand what is happening in our world currently, especially in this politically charged climate,” she said. “AP Physics taught me motivation. It is one of the hardest courses and anytime I did not do well, I made sure to study and work so hard to not only do better, but to understand.”
The teenager also excelled with the Blue Devil indoor and outdoor track and field team. “Track and field has been my favorite activity,” Ms. Davis said. “I have made so many friends and developed such a passion and dedication for the sport. It gave me something to look forward to every day and was a family outside of my own. Coach [Eddie] Santos and Coach [Mark] Jackson are not only mentors, but now feel like family along with all of the girls I have had the privilege to meet.”
Ms. Davis’ advice to incoming Huntington freshmen? “Don’t live for others,” she said. “At the end of the day, it is your life and you have to do what will keep you happy and sane. Take a step back and understand why you are doing what you are doing and who you are doing it for.”
The UConn bound Huntington grad has been mentored for the past three years by high school science teacher Dame Forbes, who she interned with and also served as a lab assistant. “She is one of my biggest advocators and she would always encourage me whenever I had doubts or aspirations,” Ms. Davis said. “I would rant to her about little and big things in my life and I am extremely grateful for her.”
A member of the Spanish Honor Society, Math Honor Society, Science Honor Society and English Honor Society, Ms. Davis said hard work and dedication are among her keys to success.
“The most special part of Huntington is the teachers and faculty,” Ms. Davis said. “From the teachers to guidance to security, they care about all of their students no matter when they had you or what you may do. They truly care about teaching and ensuring that the students are happiest and I think I will miss them the most out of anything.”