Through determination and service, a young man like Mikel Davies can do so much to mold the future of our state and nation. Shaped in body, soul, heart, and mind by those in his small town, Weiser High senior Mikel Davies grew up on a small hobby farm with his family where he could run as wild and carefree as only a child can. Mikel’s parents are educators in the Weiser school district, and this – combined with the sincere efforts of other family members and teachers in the small town, pushed Mikel to reach his full potential. He shares, “Growing up in a two-stoplight town surrounded by caring parents on a wild farm, devoted teachers in an exciting school, and loving aunts and uncles in day-care nurtured a childhood of compassion, open-mindedness, and creativity but did not shelter me from the dark nature of the world. I knew full well about drive-by shootings and bank robberies, but never had to worry about them. Luckily, I was raised in opposition of cynicism and taught by the life-affirming attitude of my whole town.”
In his high school years, Mikel’s character has been deepened through his determination and involvement in school, both in academics and athletics. Involved in track, cross country, science club, student government, band, and other clubs, Mikel was recognized as the Idaho Interscholastic Star in the spring of 2017 and views this as a tremendous responsibility and honor.
Because of his participation in some of these school groups as well as an active member in his church, Mikel has spent many hours – especially during the holidays – delivering meals and raising funds for the needy and homeless in Weiser and surrounding communities. He and the other band and choir members at Weiser high have provided fun entertainment. Through Future Hispanic Leaders of America (FHLA), Mikel and fellow club members have striven to help the Hispanic population in Weiser feel better understood and embraced.
“Weiser is an amazing town that provides for us like many larger towns can’t; with compassion and love,” shares Mikel. “Because our town has such a heart for education and our schools, and because our staff is earnestly devoted to our growth as not only academics and athletes, but also as people, nothing is out of our reach if we are willing to put in the time.”
Recently accepted to Harvard, he plans to pursue a career in the medical field as a surgeon. “As I go off to bigger, but probably not better places, I will never forget my country home in Idaho.”♦