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Micheala Intveld, right, poses with
Congressman William "Lacy" Clay Jr. She
is this year's winner of Clay's High School
Congressional Art Competition.

Micheala Intveld graduated from McCluer High School in the Ferguson-Florissant School District with a 4.3 grade point average and as class Salutatorian. She was gifted a combined total of $919,000 in college scholarships, a full-ride away from $1 million. She also served as a Transformer in Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri’s Transform UR Future (TUF) program.

Each high school has a leadership group, called Transformers, and these students serve as mentors to younger kids, receive leadership training and participate in traditional Girl Scout activities like April Showers and the Cookie programs. Intveld explained how she became involved in TUF. 

“When Miss J [Jillian Richardson, Girl Scouts staff member] came to my school with her program booth, I got so excited about TUF and the way she described it. I like working with kids, so it felt like it would be a great fit.”

TUF is a new anti-violence initiative and through it, Girl Scout staff members have partnered with elementary, middle and high schools in the following school districts - St. Louis Public, Ritenour, Hannibal Public, Ferguson-Florissant, Hazelwood and Festus R-VI, to promote a culture of anti-violence in schools all year long.

“At first, I was supposed to have my own class but I ended up working with other high school students, which was great because we got to bounce ideas off of each other before and after sessions,” Intveld said.

In addition to TUF, each middle school hosts a Be a Friend First (BFF) program series and the girls will also participate in Girl Scouts’ April Showers and Cookie programs. 

“By the end of the TUF program, the elementary school students did not want us to leave; they wanted us to keep talking to them about our lessons. I really liked that they were really into it. We were the teachers. We were role models and at an age where we related to these kids and they to us. They asked if we knew their older siblings or cousins. We were in charge so we had to be on our best behavior as we led the younger students.”

Intveld recalled how TUF changed one girl’s outlook for the better. 

“I remember one girl in third grade who was big for her age and taller than all of the other kids in her class. For that, her classmates often bullied her. At first, she was quiet until we told her about our experiences with bullying. She brightened and by the time TUF ended, she was happy.”

Intveld said she anticipates there will be TUF expansion plans in Ferguson-Florissant. 

“I hope all three high schools have it next year so that all of the kids get to have the same experience we did and I hope there are more Transformers,” she said.

TUF is part of the Project Anti-Violence Education, or PAVE, program. PAVE was developed to address the problem of youth violence. In it, girls grow strong as they become empowered to prevent violence in their lives. The program has been delivered to more than 300,000 girls and boys since its inception in 2000. In 2012-2013, Girl Scouts facilitated PAVE programs in more than 100 schools in eastern Missouri. 

Intveld plans to attend Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn., in the fall, where she will major in business administration and minor in graphic design.

She is in the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) competition to design a business plan for her graphic design firm idea, Gradient Graphics. 

In the first phase, she pitched her notion at a McCluer business plan competition. She advanced to the NFTE St. Louis Entrepreneurship Pitch Expo at the St. Louis Science Center in May, where she and 10 other Ferguson-Florissant students competed. She spent four minutes before a panel of three judges who evaluated her plan then she had to give a 60-second elevator pitch on stage before an audience. As one of the top two winners, Intveld advanced to the NFTE St. Louis Regional Entrepreneurship Challenge on June 27. The top two regional finishers will move on to the NFTE Nationals in California in October.

Participating in NFTE also enabled Intveld to compete in Saint Louis University’s “Cash or Splash!” in early June, which is similar to the hit television series, “Shark Tank.” High schools students pitched their entrepreneurial ideas to compete for cash and prizes. Intveld made it as far as the second round before she washed out, literally. 

Some of her other achievements include:

  • Vice president of her school’s DECA chapter  DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe
  • Played on McCluer Comets Soccer Team
  • Missouri College Advising Corps College Ambassador
  • Won the High School Congressional Art Competition for Congressman William "Lacy" Clay Jr.’s district (District 1) and attended the reception on June 26 in St. Louis 
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