Mona’e Gordon has a passion for performing, and the 2022 Hahnville High School graduate found several stages for that hobby to be displayed on during her four years of high school.
Gordon was a cheerleader during her freshman year and then switched to dance team for the next three years of high school. During her junior year Gordon served as co-captain of the dance team, and she was the captain of the team during her senior year.
“I loved Friday nights, especially during the alma matter and our half time performance,” she said. “I absolutely love to perform … I used to do pageants heavily too. My mom would say I would go out there own the stage … I’m not shy when it comes to that.”
Gordon was on the homecoming court her senior year and was voted by her peers as the “Most Likely to Impact the World.” She was chosen as prom queen and Miss HHS, served on the student council her freshman and senior year and was a member of the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Board, Interact Club, National Honor Society and Beta Club.
Gordon also participated in Louisiana Girls State. She will graduate from HHS with a 4.3 GPA.
Gordon said she may investigate ways to extend her dancing career at Louisiana State University, but for at least her freshman year she will focus on ways to get involved in student government, sorority life and volunteering there. She will major in kinesiology.
Gordon will start LSU ahead of the game thanks to college credits she earned as an AP scholar at HHS. And while she’s excited for her next educational adventure, she said she knows she’ll miss high school.
“My favorite thing was the teachers and the environment,” she said of HHS, adding that her teachers went above and beyond during the especially hard times of the pandemic and Hurricane Ida. “I always felt really heard there and welcome, and I always felt like they wanted the best for me. It’s kind of bittersweet. I’m definitely going to miss high school.”
Gordon said the best advice she can give anyone starting high school is to speak up for yourself.
“When you’re in a bigger pool of students you need to make sure you’re being heard,” she said. “Take advantage of all the opportunities that the school has to offer … and just enjoy the moment and don’t try to rush it because it’ll be over before you know it.”