Mallard Creek High School’s Myla Hudson values quality leadership. She strives to lead her peers with integrity and inspire them to achieve their best.
The Charlotte Post Foundation’s Senior of the Year has channeled her passion for leadership into all her endeavors.
Hudson is on track to attend North Carolina A&T State University as a Cheatham-White scholar. The program is awarded to entering freshmen who have exhibited leadership potential and show a true commitment to service. Not only are the recipients exceptional scholars, but they are also well-rounded and proficient in both the arts and sciences. Hudson will receive a four-year renewable scholarship that includes tuition fees for all her hard work.
Hudson also plans to attend medical school so she can focus on international medicine, an interest that stemmed from her love of travel, but also from her passion to help the greater community.
“I want to work on cultural competency in healthcare. I’ve done a lot of research on the topic and there's a lot of disparities in treatment. Everybody has a different cultural background and you can't treat everyone the same,” said Hudson. “I want to fix that disparity, as well as medical trust in the African American healthcare community. A lot of people, including my own family members, don’t trust the medical field. I want to be able to bridge that gap with doctors and leaders.”
Hudson’s goal on a more local level is to help African Americans regain lost trust in the healthcare system so that they may live happier, healthier, and longer lives. When it comes to international medicine, she wants to be a healthcare advocate. Hudson has thought about working with other organizations, such as the Peace Corps, to help reform healthcare disparities in other countries as well.
Hudson is always looking to gain experience as a leader. She is varsity volleyball team captain at Mallard Creek, as well as president of the Spanish and Science honor societies. Hudson is also a member of the Young Black Leadership Alliance, where she participates in service functions and gains experience as a leader. One of these learning experiences included mentoring elementary school students.
Hudson also enjoys getting involved with clubs and classes that expand her knowledge of the world so she can be a better leader. She feels that a great leader is someone who sympathizes with every perspective.
“I am passionate about learning about new cultures and things outside of what I know. I think being culturally competent, especially in the field that I want to go into, is really important,” Hudson said. “I like taking social classes, like the social sciences because they can help me understand the world from a different perspective.”
Hudson is also president of Mallard Creek HOSA, or Health Occupations Students of America. The national organization supports career development in health professions and the improvement of health services to the public. Students involved in HOSA are introduced to public health issues and potential career paths. Hudson placed second in the North Carolina HOSA regionals for Human Growth and Development.
Before Hudson became president of HOSA in 2021, she wanted to familiarize herself with community projects related to medicine. She knew even as a freshman that she would one day want to take on a leadership role in the organization.
Hudson’s involvement in HOSA motivated her to apply for an internship at the Cancer Resource Center at Levine Cancer Institute through the Mayor’s Youth Employment Program. She spent six weeks working on several initiatives and projects. During the internship, Hudson recognized the lack of resources and materials for the minority populations. She went above and beyond to help secure the correct resources for the specific patients in need.
Hudson is grateful for the support she has received from her parents, mentors, and teachers. She feels that they have taught her valuable lessons on service and community. She is excited to pay it forward to the next generation of leaders.
“This honor means that I am able to be a role model,” Hudson said. “I was selected among other great candidates so the next generations behind me can see the things they could do too. I can represent myself in a way that allows me to inspire younger people to go above and beyond.”