Mimi Haley, a senior at Ponte Vedra High School (PVHS), has been selected as the Outstanding Youth Volunteer of the Year for Region II by the Florida Department of Education. This honor makes Mimi one of the top five youth volunteers in the state.
Nominated by both Ocean Palms Elementary School (OPES) and PVHS, Mimi has given her time and shared her talents with students and teachers alike. At OPES, she serves as a role model for younger students by reading and playing educational games with them, and helping them off the bus and with technology. She also assists OPES teachers by working in their classrooms, organizing materials and demonstrating new technology.
“It brings the Ocean Palms staff great joy to honor such a leader as Mimi Haley,” said OPE Principal Betsy Wierda. “This young woman of courage and excellence has overcome numerous odds to excel herself and then to pay it forward by giving of herself to Ocean Palms students and staff, Ponte Vedra High School, as well as our community. Mimi makes us all want to be better people, and there is no one more deserving of this honor.”
At PVHS, she is an active member of the English Honors Society, Science Honors Society and Senior Women as well as being the vice president of the National Hispanic Honors Society. Currently Mimi is collaborating with the Mayor’s Hispanic American Advisory Board in Jacksonville to help compile and evaluate resource guide information which offers services to those of all ages. In addition, she has demonstrated remarkable leadership by organizing events and promoting awareness of the dangers of texting and driving. She has coordinated events and letter writing campaigns in support of Senate Bill 52 which banned texting while driving and became law on October 1 of this year.
“Mimi brings a positive energy to everything she does, her can do attitude is infectious making her an outstanding leader,” said PVHS Principal Craig Speziale.
Through all of her volunteerism and activities, she continues to maintain a high grade point average, and even finds time to help at the Jacksonville Humane Society. Mimi strives to always make a positive impact on her community. She plans to attend college, become a psychiatrist and continue her efforts to always give back and be an inspiration to others.
“Mimi has selflessly provided service to our students and teachers, and has taken a regional, even statewide, approach to making a difference in the lives of others.” said Superintendent Joseph Joyner. “She is a wonderful example of great character and is extremely deserving of this honor. We are very proud of her.”