Miah Miller grew up in the Western foothills of the Appalachian region in Wellston, Ohio. He attended Jackson High School where he served as President of five clubs, including National Honor Society, Student Council, Rotary Interact, Leo’s Club, and Youth Leadership Association. He also served on the student advisory board and as the Lighting Director of Drama Club for three years. Miah struggled with coming out for many years, fearing the steeped Appalachian traditions within his extended family and community; however, through such organizations as the iBELIEVE Foundation, Miah found acceptance and empowerment. Raised in a community lacking strong LGBTQ role models, Miah set out to change that narrative. At 16 years old in the summer of 2016, Miah spent six weeks studying in New York University’s residential pre-college program. He followed that with a selection to the Yale Young Global Scholars where he traveled to Beijing, China in February 2017 and further added to his list of accomplishments with a selection to the Asian American Journalist Association Camp in Philadelphia in July 2017. These experiences further empowered him to be an Appalachian LGBTQ role model. Fearing discrimination if they were “outed,” many students in Miah’s community often sought his guidance and viewed him as a strong LGBTQ role model. Miah has used social media platforms such as his successful Twitter account, @tagtuesdays, to foster a greater awareness and acceptance of the LGBTQ teen community and for minorities in general. He spearheaded a March for Our Lives assembly in March 2018 where he addressed mental health issues among teens such as bullying and depression affecting the LGBTQ community and a greater need for students and community members to be empathetic. Graduating as a Valedictorian from Jackson High School in May of 2018, Miah is currently a freshmen at Columbia University, majoring in Financial Economics. At Columbia, Miah is the Co-Chair of Inclusion and Belonging of Columbia Student Life. He also is an Operating Committee Leader for CORE (Columbia Organization of Rising Entrepreneurs). In addition, Miah recently attended the START Summit in St. Gallen, Switzerland, Europe´s leading student-run conference for technology and entrepreneurship, with Columbia’s Global Trek’s program. He will continue to serve as an Appalachian LGBTQ role model staffing for the iBELIEVE Foundation and serving on a local high school alumni panel that addresses collegiate success.