By Christian Weaner | Photo by Maureen Blackmore
Mia Blackmore, Senior Bonners Ferry High School
If one were to look back at the rosters of the successful girls' sports teams at Bonners Ferry High School (BFHS), the National Honor Society member list or Distinguished Young Women (DYW) competitors from the last several years, one name would be a common denominator: Mia Blackmore.
A senior this year, Mia's athletic and academic accomplishments over her high school career have been plentiful. But for her, those awards and achievements are not what is most important, nor are they the reason why she is so involved in the school and community.
"I love the opportunity to hang out with friends and have something to work for, whether it be a skill or relationship," Mia explained. "I enjoy being active [and] I love the dynamic of the sport and team," adding, "It's always enjoyable to win the game. And Mia has done plenty of winning.
Throughout her time at BFHS, Mia has starred as a midfielder on the soccer team, a point guard in basketball, a sprinter and hurdler in track and field, and a golfer. She earned All-League recognition this past fall in soccer, won first place in the 100-meter hurdles at numerous track meets, helped the Badger girls' golf team capture a 3A State Championship in 2021 and finished second runner-up in DYW last spring.
In all these activities, her biggest impact has been as a team captain and vocal leader, encouraging her teammates to get better each day.
"I feel like I have grown influentially and as a leader," Mia said. "My skills in all of my sports have improved so much."
Mia attributes her growth and success to the numerous coaches and teachers who have developed relationships with her and pushed her to get better. But no one has been more encouraging, according to Mia, than her mom and dad.
"I feel like my parents have influenced me the most because they always push me to work to do better and enjoy watching my growth," Mia said.
Aside from sports and school, Mia loves creative outlets like bracelet making and painting. She also enjoys spending time with friends and family and taking in the picturesque scenery of North Idaho.
"I love the beautiful seasons that Bonners Ferry offers and the pleasant greenery and mountains," Mia said.
After graduating in June, Mia plans to attend Brigham Young University-Idaho in Rexburg and major in family and consumer science.