Q&A: Mya Parker, Diman Regional, steps into the Sports Spotlight
A team captain, Diman Regional girls’ soccer senior Mya Parker helps lead the pack in a jog around the field. [Herald News photo | Jack Foley]
SCHOOL/YEAR OF GRADUATION: Diman/2019
TWITTER HANDLE: @parker_1224
INSTAGRAM HANDLE: parker_1224
SPORTS: Soccer, basketball, softball
If you work sports at The Herald, you simply cannot go long without typing in the name Mya Parker. A three-sport athlete, she excels ’round the calendar, having earned league and Herald News all scholastic honors in all three sports.
Diman soccer coach Flo Lima is not one to throw superlatives around casually, so it had quite an impact when, last fall, he praised his senior captain for not only her soccer talent and dedication to the sport, but for her team-first attitude. A prolific goal scorer for three years, Parker this past season functioned primarily as a defender, simply because that’s where she was dearly needed. It likely cost her reaching 100 career goals. But she complained not.
We’ve seen so much of Parker on the fields and on the court, but there’s more to her than athletics. We learn that in this question and answer. Enjoy.
Herald News: What person, living or dead, do you most admire and why?
Mya Parker: I admire my Uncle Nick the most. After being diagnosed with stage 4 tongue and throat cancer and being placed on a feeding tube my uncle was able to stay positive and strong showing me and the rest of our family that everything was going to be okay. He is now cancer free and on the road to recovery.
HN: Who is your favorite professional athlete and why?
MP: Alex Morgan because she plays as a striker and is an Olympic gold medalist and FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion.
HN: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
MP: I hope to finish my degree in Criminal Justice and to be working as a homicide detective somewhere warm.
HN: What has been your biggest moment as a high school athlete?
MP: Receiving the 2018 Athlete of the Year for Diman along with the Large Mayflower Athletic Conference Soccer Player of the Year.
HN: When not playing high school sports, how do you spend your time?
MP: Playing club soccer for Nor’ Easter.
HN: If you were the principal of your school, what one change would you make?
MP: I would keep Mr. Aubin as superintendent because he has done nothing but good for Diman and he cares so much about his students.
HN: What do you hope people will say about you when your playing days are over?
MP: I hope people remember me as someone who played her heart out during every game.
HN: What is your favorite subject in school and why?
MP: Gym because I constantly love playing sports.
HN: If you won a million dollars, what would be your first purchase?
MP: I would pay off everything for my parents and hook them up first because they’ve done so much for me.
HN: Tell us something most people don’t know about you.
MP: I love sneakers and am constantly buying more and more.
HN: What is your favorite dinner meal?
MP: A nice steak dinner covered in red and green peppers and A1 steak sauce with mashed potatoes and corn on the side.
HN: What is your favorite book?
MP: The Hate U Give
HN: What is your favorite video game?