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Emily’s parents are the most important people in her life. Her favorite movie is “The Best of Me”…breakfast is her favorite meal and enjoys going to the beach, she fears heights and after college she wants attend law school. Emily participated in volleyball and kayaking and hopes to continue paddling in the future. She has one sibling Jonah.
CAMRYN: THIS BEING YOUR SENIOR YEAR, HOW EXCITED ARE YOU FOR THIS SEASON?
EMILY: Pretty stoked and also pretty sad because I’ve been with these girls for four years and it’s gonna suck going off to college and I’ve been with them for quite awhile. I’m excited to see how we do and if we’ll make it to states again.
CAMRYN: WHY DID YOU CHOOSE PADDLING AS YOUR SPORT?
EMILY: Freshman year I wanted to try something new and I thought high school was the years to put yourself out there and try new things. And looking back on it I don’t know who I’d be without this sport.
CAMRYN: WHAT SEAT DO YOU MOSTLY PADDLE IN?
EMILY: It changes every single year. One year I was at seat 2 and then I was at seat 4 then a stroker and then this year I am two or three, so basically every seat except for 6 which is steersman.
CAMRYN: AS A STUDENT ATHLETE, HOW DO YOU MANAGE SCHOOLWORK AND SPORTS?
EMILY: It is really stressful but just prioritizing and having good time management. It really teaches you how to be a responsible person.
CAMRYN: DO YOU HAVE ANY INDIVIDUAL GOALS? WHAT ARE THEY?
EMILY: I want to get states and get top three in the state since the closest we’ve ever come is top four my sophomore year.
CAMRYN: WHAT WAS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MEMORY LAST SEASON?
EMILY: Going to Maui with my team for states even though we didn’t do that well, we got a lot closer as teammates and friends. We bonded over Krispy Kremes and spending lots of time with each other.
CAMRYN: CAN YOU RECALL ANY CHALLENGES YOU AND YOUR TEAM HAD TO OVERCOME?
EMILY: To qualify for states you have to be top 2 in ILH and a few races in they were going to take top three and we were tied for third and depending if they won the last race would determine if we went to states and luckily they won. We won against Sacred Hearts but there was a lot of pressure on that last race.
CAMRYN: ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO PADDLING AFTER HIGH SCHOOL?
EMILY: Yes during summer season when I come back from college I look forward to paddling during that time and spending time with my friends.
Emily is the Vice President for the student council, has received 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, Holomua Multi-Media Award, 2015, 2014, Superior Multi-Media for Yearbook, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, Excellence in Performing Arts for Select & High School Choir, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2011, Achievement in Science Award, 2015, 2014, Excellence Achievement in Second Language in Japanese, 2015, 2014, 2013, Excellence Achievement in Visual Arts, 2014, Kulia I Ka Nuu Academic Award in English, 2014, 2013, Holomua Award in Performing Arts in Choir, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, Superior Achievement in English, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 Superior Achievement in Social Studies, 2013, Excellence Achievement in Mathematics, 2013, Hawaii Regional National Scholastic Art Exhibition: Silver Key. 2012, Kulia I Ka Nuu in Math & Choir 2011, Kulia I Ka Nuu in Math Award, 2011, University Laboratory Outstanding Citizenship Award, wants to attend Chapman University or Seattle University and major in Sociology.
Emily’s PAC5 paddling team made the cut and will represent the ILH in the HHSAA State Championships on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at Keehi Lagoon. Kamalei M is also a ULS senior and is part of the PAC5 paddling team.
Interview by: Ti P. and Camryn K.