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Mikayla Van Buren is the most popular girl at Meadowlane Elementary where she is currently in the third grade. Shay and Cameron Van Buren are her older sisters. She has lice for a majority of the first season. She is the third born child of Jayna Van Buren. Her interests include Coloring, Hop-Scotch, and Napoleonic battle strategies.
She takes after her sisters and acts much older than she actually is. Mikayla is not afraid to threaten Mackenzie Zales or her older sister and she also throws her money around if it will help her sisters get what they want, which is revenge on Mackenzie and the rest of the Cheer Squad.
Mikayla will fight for her family, but her sisters usually try to leave her out of the feud between them and the Cheer Squad. Still, she helps her sisters out, trying to get them to do things the correct way, even resorting to calling their mother to make sure that Shay doesn't ruin her own plans. However, despite fighting for her family, being the youngest does make her the weakest and easiest Van Buren to target and she frequently needs assistance from her sisters.
In difficult situations, she can be seen saying, "Don't worry. I got this!" as seen in Episodes 5, 14 and 17.
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She looks like a gremlin according to Deandra, which is pointed out twice. The first time is during the lunch scene in Episode 5, and then again in Episode 9.
In Episode 33, Mikayla partakes in the Little Miss Overland Park Pageant. She is joined by her sisters Shay and Cameron as well as her Mom. Mikayla enters with the pseudonym of "Mikayla Dickie" because Cameron was a judge, and because Shay had caused the entire pageant to be canceled years before, and she did not want people to know that they were related. At the pageant she meets her friend Brooklyn and she meets a little girl named Gwen Kindle, who just moved from Brooklyn, New York. For her talent Mikayla recites a monologue made famous by Quvenzhané Wallis from the movie "Beasts of the Southern Wild." In the middle of her monologue, it seems as if she's overwhelmed by nervousness and leaves the stage. As soon as they're about to leave Mikayla wants to wait so she can get her trophy, but to their surprise Gwen wins. Mikayla and Shay blame Cameron because the other two judges out-voted her. Cameron says that she got out-voted because they thought she was cool because she was uncool.
Mikayla sides with her sisters in Episode 3 when they barge into the bathroom to encounter Mackenzie for calling Shay a liar. Since then, she joins in with her sisters to get back at Mackenzie. She later buys Deandra a meal costing $57.28 in order to secure Deandra as an ally in the feud between the Van Burens and the Cheer Squad. Her relationship with Deandra is confusing, as Deandra is the Van Burens' ally, but she also calls Mikayla a "gremlin" on multiple occasions, which Mikayla takes offensively.
In Episode 11, Mikayla is shown to be friendly towards Trisha. This is most likely because they are not too deeply involved in the cheerleader and Van Buren rivalry. Her relationship with Trisha later grows and is shown when she asks Shay to give Trisha The Cat in the Hat Comes Back as a gift, and then she is seen hanging out with her at the mall in Episode 18.
Episode Appearances Edit
- Throughout most of the first season, Mikayla has lice and she's afraid that she will get her head shaved, because when Shay had lice, their mother shaved Shay's head.
- Mikayla attends Meadowlane Elementary.
- Mikayla does gymnastics with Brooklyn.
- Trisha learns from Mikayla in Episode 11 that she gets her clothes from "Kids 'R' Us."
- Deandra calls Mikayla "Gizmo" which is a Mogwai from the movie "Gremlins".
- Her favorite books are "Good Night Moon", "The Art of War", and "The Cat in the Hat Comes Back."
- Mikayla is annoyed by Mackenzie's younger sister, Katelynn Zales.
- Mikayla knows more about ex-lax than Shay does.