Mika says art has changed her life. She has found it challenging to start conversations but when people enjoy her art, she can have a conversation without starting one. She says, I do art every day; I enjoy doing realism, surrealism, abstract art, and some photography. This year she has submitted a portfolio and five individual pieces for the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and won second place in the World Lemur Conservation Foundation juried art show for amateurs and professional artists. As a junior she won a gold key, two silver keys, and three honorable mentions in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Earlier as a sophomore she won third place in the Congressional Art Show, Excellence in Portraiture at the Lighthouse Museum, and Art Center art show. She is a member and officer in the National Art Society at Jensen Beach High School. She will pursue either art and design, or art and business.