TPS Seniors 2021

Emma Kelley – TPS Senior 2021

An eight-year veteran, Emma started TPS in fifth grade with a single English class. Since then her class load grew considerably as well as the invaluable skills that TPS taught her: time management, stress management, and self-motivation. Being homeschooled her whole life, Emma did not have opportunities for sports, clubs, or extracurricular activities readily available for her picking. Instead, she had to actively find ways to pursue her interests, so she did with great fervor: From years in a 4-H club nurturing her passion for animals with her sister and friends, to serving in Civil Air Patrol and becoming a certified Field Medic and Ranger, to her countless hours at her dance studio training in classical ballet, jazz, and modern as well as extra hours for rehearsals. And with the little free time she has when she’s not at her dance studio or pouring over her homework, she enjoys painting and drawing, playing around on the piano, and reading at least a couple books a week (that aren’t for school). Emma has always been a kind, nurturing, empathetic person and wishes to use those gifts in the future as a nurse. She will be attending Samford University in the fall as part of Samford’s Class of 2025 where she will major in nursing and minor in dance.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
After I realized becoming a unicorn was not a viable option as something to be when I grew up, I eventually settled on becoming a nurse. I’ve always had an innate desire to help people in anyway that I could and becoming a nurse seemed to be the best outlet for my compassion.
Favorite Bible Verse:
My favorite Bible verse is Psalms 46:10, which says, “He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God.’” That command to “Be still” always grounded me because no matter the countless heartaches that life throws at me that make me want to spin out of control, God is still God. I need only to be still.
Advice to Younger Students:
My advice to younger students would be to not miss out on life’s precious moments when stressing about homework and the future. As they say, there’s a time to work hard for what you want but also leave time to party! Live in the moment. It’s possible to do well in school and not solely dedicate your life to it. So, put off studying for a night to hang with your friends or take that weekend trip with your family even though you have a lab report to write. The work will always be there to get done (and it always gets done), but the moments with the people you love and doing things you enjoy are are fleeting. Don’t let them pass you by!


  1. It was so great getting to know you over the years, Emma! Congratulations and best of luck as you start Samford University!

  2. Hannah and Abi Den Hartog

    Awesome college choice. Go Bulldogs!

  3. Hannah and Abi Den Hartog

    Oh, and our dad encourages you to take CP from Dr. Den Hartog–he’s the best!

  4. Claire Garretson

    lovely to work with you this year!! best of luck friend 🙂

  5. congrats Emma!

  6. Congrats Emma! I love dance too!

  7. Congrats Emma! I know you’ll rock at college and I wish you all the best. You’re such a fun, sweet gem of a person. Definitely don’t forget to listen to Estonian Banjo music if you ever get stressed at college.