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.