Future Education & Career PlansEmma plans on attending a four year university, possibly followed by grad school. Emma’s favorite subject is physics, but she is also interested in economics, biology, math and film. She hopes to become a physicist or an oncologist, working on exploration, discoveries, and hopefully finding a cure or new treatments for cancers.
High School Activities & HonorsEmma has participated in Key Club (current Co-President) and Model United Nations for three years. Emma has been a part of the Wilson soccer program for three years, and is currently Captain of the JV team. For her achievements in science, she was awarded both The Neil deGrasse Tyson Award for Communication and Advancing Scientific Literacy and the Carl Sagan Award for Communication and Advancing Scientific Literacy.
Hobbies & Special InterestsEmma loves to bake, her specialty being banana bread which she learned from her father. Emma also loves soccer, which she has played since she was five, and has always loved being a part of the team. Emma also loves making movies with her friends, and has channeled this into creating films for school projects. Emma loves music and singing, and has taken voice lessons for several years.
What is Your Favorite Place to Visit in Portland and Why? “One of my favorite places to visit in Portland is Powell’s Books downtown. I’ve gone there since I was a little kid, when I first learned how to read. I could spend hours getting lost in the maze of books and be very happy. Powell’s makes me feel like a kid again, with my only care being my need to find a good new book to read.”
What Are You Most Proud of During your High School Career?“In my sophomore year, I was nominated by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to compete in the Student of The Year fundraising campaign. My friend and I raised over $40,000 for LLS and won the Citizenship Award for spreading the most awareness for the LLS mission. I’m proud of making a difference in people’s lives.”
What is Your Favorite Rose Festival Event and Why? “My favorite Rose Festival event is all the parades. I love that floats visually represent what a group of people can build or achieve together. It’s amazing how many members of our community come to support the event and to have fun. This event is an important piece of our local history, and it’s wonderful to see all the different people marching and all the people in the audience having such a blast.”
Unitus Community Credit Union MentorMichelle Lachenmeier