“Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong. It is time that we all perceive gender on a spectrum, not as two opposing sets of ideas.” This is Meila’s favorite quote from Emma Watson. This quote reminds Meila to be herself and live her life in her own direction. Meila hopes to leave Valley Heights as someone who made everyone smile.

Meila Diane Crowder was born on July 8, 2004 to Monica and Jackson Crowder Jr. and has two brothers, Gavin and Kadien Crowder. Throughout High School, Meila has been involved in many different extracurriculars including, Art, Forensics, Volleyball, and Basketball for one year, FFA for two years, and band for four years. Meila’s ideal Friday night would be watching crime documentaries or horror stories at Claire’s house with a big bowl of popcorn.

“My mom is my biggest influence. She has been so strong after all she has been through and still manages to support two children through junior high and high school,” says Crowder. Meila plans to go to Washburn University and major in psychology and minor in criminal justice. She also hopes to be volunteering for the Topeka Police Department.

When asked what type of person Meila is in the classroom, Mrs. Turner responded saying, “Meila is kind and caring. She is always willing to get straight to work and determined to finish everything she is tasked with.” Mrs. Turner enjoys Meila as a student but even more as a person. 

By: Kaylee Skalla