Mariah Medina came from New Life Christian Academy, in Bridgeton, MO, when she was a sophomore.
“I think I had eight people in my class,” she said. “I was a little nervous because I had never been at a public school before.”
She’s now a Maplewood Richmond Heights senior, and the National Honors Society chapter president and MRH Student Council president. She was also recently captain of the volleyball team.
She arrived in volleyball season. She signed up and made varsity her first year.
“I had been playing for a while, but I was never able to experience an actual team until I came to Maplewood,” she said. “I was welcomed with opened arms. Coach (Cheryl) Carmon made it so much easier.”
She said she loves the team aspect of the sport.
“We always did things together because that comes off on the court,” she said. “We were always thinking about the game. The competition and the intensity our team had was amazing.”
Medina has three older sisters and one older brother. Her father is pastor of the New Destiny Apostolic Church, in Maplewood. She sings, plays piano, and is a worship leader in the church.
“I like to stay involved. It keeps me connected. I get to create relationships,” she said.
At MRH Medina was recently a boys basketball team manager, and is on Link Crew, a group of students who serve as ambassadors to new students.
She’s been accepted into St. Louis University, and plans to major in secondary education. She hopes to end up back at MRH High School as a math teacher.
Next year Medina said she’d like to volunteer with the volleyball team. She said she wants to give back.
“My high school experience, with Mr. Grawer, Dr. Maclin. It was amazing,” she said. “I know that I wouldn’t be able to do the things that I do now, and experience the things I experience without school.”