Last summer I asked for nominations for inspiring seniors…seniors who had overcome challenges and/or were making the community a better place.
I had only planned on having one winner, but among many entries two especially stood out, and Emma was one of them.
Emma’s makeup and hair was done here at the studio by the talented Allie Roberge of Tagli Salon.
Emma has a whole lot of gorgeous hair!
Emma was nominated by her mom, Tara. This is Emma’s story, as told by her mom.
“I would like to nominate my daughter, Emma. Emma has an exceptionally giving spirit in the areas of life where it counts. She started going on mission related travel with me when she was 9-years-old. At that young of an age, she would work with children who were in need of assistance – often befriending them and allowing the team that traveled with her to gain even greater access to them. At age 10, she offered to give up her space and life as she knew it to bring a child home. Emma was already the oldest child of three, and she was aware that adding another child might mean sacrifice on behalf of herself and her siblings.
She made a space in her room, donated away half of her belongings, and worked with social workers to assist with
home studies for an adoption. At the age of 12, Emma traveled with me and her father to Ethiopia to bring home
her new little sister who would live in her space.
“As soon as Emma was able to work at age 14, she began a job filing papers. Her work life evolved from that age. As she heads into her senior year, after keeping a straight A average, Emma balances four jobs. She works at an upscale restaurant running food and has been entrusted to hostess, she lifeguards, and she works for the federal government under-cover in the purchase of tobacco. She purchased her own car, and incorporated her own business driving children to sporting and summer events and practices at the request of their parents.
With her earnings, she contributes to the physical needs and desires of her siblings, and provides much for herself.
“These skills are often overlooked in today’s world, where exceptional children are rarely given exceptional opportunity. Emma’s accomplishments are quiet, but sacrificial, and require a great deal of character. She is always a winner in the eyes of her mom.”
Emma’s story really blew me away. She is such a DO-er. A doer, a worker, a giver…if only the world had more Emmas.
She doesn’t wait around for things to happen or think the world owes her anything,
she takes initiative and works hard for what’s important to her.
Emma is truly a beauty inside and out. Her smile and attitude can light up a room.
I can’t wait to see where Emma’s life takes her.
Her giving spirit combined with her strong work ethic will no doubt make the world a better place.
Thanks to Emma’s mom for sharing her story during my Inspiring Seniors contest and thanks to Emma for being Emma!