March 20, 2017 — Abby Mihaly '17 grew up in tiny East Calais, Vermont, but spent her seventh-grade year living in Spain. Back in the U.S., she searched for a high school with a global perspective. “I wanted to grow up in a place where I could discover new things, find new passions, and develop old ones,” she says.
She found that at NMH, and immersed herself in so many aspects of school life that she only half-jokes about not needing to sleep.
“The curriculum here is hard, but it’s the right amount of hard,” Abby says. “You have room to breathe.” She’s branched out intellectually, and says teachers have “helped me grow as a person by respecting me at the same time as [they] pushed me to be better.”
Her academic interests led to extracurricular adventures, and vice versa. Editing a student magazine prompted Abby to take an AP Language and Composition class that got her thinking about a career involving writing. Abby’s penchant for interdisciplinary learning led to a Humanities II class that involved studying English, history, and religion in Brazil. “It became an experience rather than just a class,” she recalls. “It was cool even before we got to Brazil.”
Being one of two student broadcast news anchors for the VOTES Project — a nationwide presidential mock-election run by NMH — deepened her interest in political science and international relations, which she’s now considering as a possible college major.
And her leadership skills were strengthened by guiding the varsity crew team as their “cox” and by mentoring younger students as a resident leader.
From her first visit to campus, Abby says she noticed NMH’s “understanding that a high school education is so much more than what you get in the classroom.”
“NMH is different from many prep schools,” she says. “The focus here is on the person as a whole; on developing well-rounded and interesting people, not just minds.”