By: NIKI PANAHIZADEH
Her platinum blond hair drifts though the wind as she slowly walks through the hallways of Carmel High School and greets everyone with a smile. Senior Olivia Myers has a positive impact on all of her friends, teammates, and adults in her community with her sense of ambition and creativity.
“She is always excited and energetic for life,” says Ivor Myers, her little brother who looks up to her.
One of Myers’ friends, Berkeley Kendrick, notes that she is a courageous and kind person who stands out from others.
“She’s a constant source of inspiration,” Kendrick says.
Pensive and selfless, Myers has always been a role model for her peers. As a year-round athlete and a straight-A student, she manages to overcome her fears by combining different cultural elements in order to perform her art as an escape from the cruel world.
“Artists are open-minded,” Myers says while scrolling through her handmade postcards. “Art should be created to be beautiful and beautiful has a broad spectrum of definitions.”
Every year, she packs her bags and drives nine hours to Mexicali, a town where she believes is the birthplace of cultural integration of South and Central America. Her thirst for adventure motivates her to collaborate with other members of the Carmel Presbyterian Church. Together they create encouraging gospel programs in order to provide a safe place for children who lack the privilege of having a safe place in their community.
“When I’m faced with new cultural elements, I face the best art humanity has ever seen and created,” Myers notes. “If my soul could embody anything, it would be my annual Mexicali trip.”
Although art has always been Myers’ silent voice, as once in a while she finds herself trapped in despair for the world and the tragic events that happen daily. While she tries to conceal her pain with her smile, grief and sadness float on the ocean of her blue eyes.
“Sometimes I feel overcome with grief for the world,” Myers reflects. “I wish I could change people with love, but my heart is too small for such a big change.”
A strong and independent young woman like Myers is a symbol of fortitude. However, life is unfair and it challenges individuals to face many obstacles. This past summer, Myers had to say farewell with her beloved dog Jack, who spent ten years of happiness along with her family. She could feel her dog’s pain every day and every hour, but she could not do much. It was about time.
As she brushed her hand through the rain of tears on her cheeks, she reveals how losing Jack made her and her family realize that they had been through this tragic transition together and allowed all to notice how ephemeral life is.
Myers has always looked at life through a positive lens through her church, home and National Charity League, but it’s still not enough for her. She has fascinated many at CHS as well. Art teacher Steve Russell, Myers’ mentor, believes Myers is one of the most outstanding students that he ever had the opportunity to teach.
“Olivia has the ability to face struggles and challenges with positivity and the belief that she will persevere,” Russell says. “She has the ability to overcome pitfalls and learn from her mistakes, always seeing the glass half full instead of half empty.”
As a senior member of National Charity League, she learned skills like etiquette, conducting different meetings and planning organizations. Throughout her experiences, Myers understood the importance of valuing herself as a young independent woman. She knew there was no need for any stereotypical high school support group for her survival in an academic environment such as CHS; she never followed the typical social setting of high school.
Myers believes our teenage generation is obsessed with self-image and excessive use of social media which discourages teenagers to grow in the real world. Her youth pastor, who taught her how to embrace the world’s imperfections and stay true to who she is, is credited as helping Myers become the woman she is today.
Since art plays a major role in the symphony of her life, eighteenth-century artist Rosa Bonheur motivates her not only to improve her artistic skills, but also embrace the beauty of her own creation. Young and passionate, Myers has always been a role model for others and has been admired by many adults. If there is only one person that can represent strength and creativity among others in our generation, it would be Olivia Myers.