Yokota High School

meghanmitchell_talkingYOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Senior year is a busy and demanding time for any high school student and yet Meghan Mitchell still managed to serve as Yokota High School’s student government president, be inducted into the National Honor Society, earn her way onto the honor roll, perform mistress of ceremonies duties at all the pep rallies, and be named team captain in multiple sports.

“The administration in Yokota High School is very focused on students, which gave me more opportunities to excel,” said Mitchell. “I was amazed how much the principal and teachers really cared.”

But the confident young woman of today was shaped and strengthened by adversity. Before moving to Japan three years ago, Mitchell’s self-confidence was on the ropes following an election defeat for the vice presidency of her 9th grade class and the disappointment of not being accepted into the National Junior Association.

And buckle down she did. Mitchell’s move to Japan brought about a renewed drive to never give up—a character trait embedded at an early age.

Mitchell’s determination coupled with the support of the school helped her to graduate in the top 10 percent of her class and get accepted to University of California Davis with a $14,000 scholarship and an invitation to serve on the Joint Academic Senate.

“Meghan is an extraordinary young woman and one of the most upbeat, positive people I know,” said Debra Hoffman-Pahl, Yokota High School teacher and student government sponsor. “She’s a strong leader, an excellent organizer and a great motivator who is well liked by her peers and very capable of getting them to follow her lead.”

“Meghan is bright and caring, with an incredible spirit that touches everyone in a positive way,” said Patricia Wagner, Yokota HS teacher. “She works very hard to be the best academic student she can be and is loved by her peers.”

About DoDEA Pacific

The first organized schools for the children of U.S. military personnel serving in the Pacific were established in 1946 during post-World War II reconstruction. Throughout the decades, Department of Defense schools evolved to become a comprehensive and high-performing K-12 school system solely dedicated to educating the children of America’s heroes. Today, DoDEA Pacific’s 49 schools serve over 23,500 children of U.S. military and eligible DoD civilian personnel families stationed throughout the Pacific theater. The DoDEA Pacific teaching, administrative and school support team includes more than 3,300 full-time professionals. The schools are geographically organized into four districts: Guam, Japan, Okinawa and South Korea.