SOUTHINGTON - Southington High School Salutatorian Mia Langston is headed to the University of Connecticut after her graduation to continue her studies of French and chemical engineering.
“There are a lot of different facets to the field of chemical engineering,” said Langston. “I could look into a career in pharmaceuticals or sustainable energy. As for French, I always loved the language - I took it in high school.”
Langston said that she feels excited about her graduation.
“It’s a fresh start for me,” she said. “In high school it is easy to get caught into a box. I’m excited to go somewhere where nobody knows me and they won’t be able to label me a certain way. I will miss my family and my friends but I’m ready to embrace change in my life.”
Langston said that one of her favorite memories was the high school’s Top Ten Luncheon, which recognized the 10 students with the highest grade point average.
“It was pretty cool to see all the teachers supporting us,” she said. “I was very competitive with all of those students throughout high school but at that event we were happy for everyone.”
Langston said that one of her biggest supporters in high school was her teacher Allison Gamzon, who teaches physics, environmental sciences and Earth science. Langston had her classes during her freshman and senior years.
“She was always very supportive,” said Langston. “She helped me to keep things in perspective and to keep pushing myself. She was more than a teacher; she was my mentor.”
Langston’s advice for her fellow students is to “not take themselves too seriously.”
“Be willing to speak up in class,” she said. “You might think that people are ... judging you, but they aren’t.”
If she could have done anything differently at Southington High School, Langston said that it would be to have stressed out less about her academics.
“I would have wanted to have spent more time doing fun things that I’m passionate about,” she said. “I ended up quitting golf because I wanted to focus on my academics.”
Langston has worked at Praline’s Café since 2017. Her volunteer work includes being a leadership intern at Cap Invention at Strong Elementary School and being a junior counselor at the Meriden Boys and Girls Club.
Langston has been a member of the French Honor Society since March 2018. She played golf as part of Southington Girls Golf and also played Field Hockey. She was a member of the Green Knights Recycling Club and participated in the school’s Model UN and Spanish Club. Langston was also elected as president of WISE (Women In Science and Engineering).
Langston was inducted into the National Honor Society in May 2018 and was elected as the group’s treasurer. She received the Make My Day Award, placed third in the school’s French poetry contest and received the Clarkson University High School Leadership Award.