Hannah O’Hara, eighth grade student at the Milford Central Academy (MCA) , was awarded the highest Business Professionals of America’s Torch Award as she became an Ambassador for the national organization. Taking two years to achieve the award, O’Hara demonstrated her devotion to the program by completing activities in the seven Torch categories including Leadership; Service; Cooperation; Knowledge; Friendship; Love, Hope, Faith; and Patriotism.
O’Hara knew she was eligible for the award, as she earned 70 points in each Torch category, but she was surprised last week as MCA Principal Nancy Carnevale presented her with the national award during lunch last week.
“I did not know what in the world was going on,” commented O’Hara. “I was shocked, had butterflies in my stomach and I thought oh my God I did this.”
At the Milford Central Academy, O’Hara has been a member of several organizations including Student Council as President and Vice President, Future Farmers of America, and Business Professionals of America (BPA). As a member of BPA, she is currently working on developing a newsletter for the organization that assists students into discovering what jobs are available in the local community. Locally, Hannah is involved with groups such as 4-H, the Memorial Fire Company in Slaughter Beach and supports the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. An entrepreneur at an early age, she also has a produce stand that she runs while selling vegetables to local restaurants.
Only in eight grade, O’Hara states that she wants to be challenged in life as she is contemplating the occupations of an astronaut, astronomer and real estate agent. “I always like to be challenged,” commented O’Hara. “If you always go for something easy, you will never get to try anything.”
Next year O’Hara will be attending Sussex Tech High School in Georgetown, DE. She is excited to meet new people and it “ready for the challenge.” As she prepares to leave the Milford Central Academy, she does have some words of advice for six graders entering the school next year.
“Go for anything, try everything, do not ignore any group of people and try your best at everything,” commented O’Hara. “If you don’t like something, try something else.”
Hanna explains that the Business Professionals of America organization has helped her to prepare for high school and life after graduation. As she intends to continue growing her entrepreneurial spirit, she states that BPA has helped her to realize that the ideals of business are all around.
“No matter what you decide to do, you will deal with people, money and the exchange of something,” commented Hannah. “If you do not have experience now you may be taken advantage of later. You want to experience that early in life because it is something you will need.”
Diane and Thomas O’Hara are proud of their daughter’s accomplishments and are looking forward to seeing her succeed in years to come. MCA Principal Nancy Carnevale believes that Hannah is a talented student, committed community servant and exceptional individual. “Hannah is wise beyond her years, she is pretty incredible,” commented Carnevale.