Miamon Queeglay as a
student at Zanewood Elementary School.
Miamon Queeglay on the cheerleading squad at Osseo High School. Having experienced being "different" -- a Black student with immigrant parents at a time when the Osseo school district was majority white -- she is committed to being a cheerleader on the school board for every student, including the 62% who now come from minority communities.
Miamon Queeglay on
"The Power of a Name"
BECAUSE EVERY STUDENT IS UNIQUE
"My parents are immigrants from Liberia. When I was born in the US, they gave me a name from the Gio tribe in Liberia: Miamon. It's pronounced MEE-a-mon and means "individual, unique one." They wanted me to remember my Liberian heritage even though I was an American citizen.
As a very young child I loved my name. It was different, and sounded so pretty when my mother and father said it. But when I started kinder-garten at Zanewood Elementary in the Osseo district, my teacher couldn't ''understand" my name--so she picked her own pronunciation. I attempted to correct her, but she wouldn't listen. As a result, my name was mispronounced for the next 29 years!
Perhaps that teacher was trying to make me seem more like all the other kids by choosing an Americanized pronunciation. Or maybe it was just easier than listening closely and learning to say my name correctly. Whatever the case, the choice she made that day came to define me, instead of her encouraging me to define myself.
Whatever their name, every student is an "individual, unique one" -- wonderfully different from all the others. Every child brings their own unique story, heritage, personality and abilities with them when they come to class. We need to celebrate and honor those differences in Osseo Area Schools.
As a member of the Osseo School Board, I will speak on behalf of every student, because every student is important. If you share this goal, join my campaign and let's get started!"
-- Miamon Queeglay