Student Spotlight: Emmy Watson

Writer / Matt Keating
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Emmy Watson, a freshman at Westfield High School, recently had a great showing at some Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) conventions, and she couldn’t be more excited about it.Emmy Watson

Emmy’s mother, Valerie, says Emmy put a lot of effort into her work.

“Emmy’s showing was in Chapter Service Project Display, an event focused on bringing awareness to a problem in your community, and activity working towards change,” Valerie says.

Valerie adds that Emmy got creative with her project display. “Her project was named ‘T-Shirts and Treats,’ a fundraiser that involved collecting old T-shirts to be made into dog toys, as well as collecting new treats and new toys,” she says.

Emmy’s hard work went to a worthy cause.

“Everything collected was donated to the Hamilton Humane Society and a local rescue,” Valerie says.

Emmy WatsonEmmy also spent a lot of time preparing for the FCCLA showing.

“To prepare for the FCCLA conference, Emmy worked with her teachers, Emerson Burroughs and Kaitlyn Grubel, to go over her presentation, memorize and double check facts, check the timing of her speech, etcetera,” Valerie says. “She then ran through everything with them probably 100 times.”

Emmy says she loves being a part of FCCLA.

“The best thing about FCCLA is honestly the people,” Emmy says. “I met some great people there. My teammates, Avery, Noah Parker and Gerry, are some of my best friends that I would have never met without FCCLA”

Valerie notes that Emmy appreciates how supportive people are in FCCLA.

“Everyone was so encouraging,” Valerie says. “It was always a positive environment, and her chapter advisers, Burroughs and Grubel, were amazing and supportive people.”

Emmy says she had a great time at both of the FCCLA conventions.

“The state conference was hosted at Muncie, Indiana,” Emmy says. “The FCCLA is working on changing that to downtown Indianapolis due to our growing numbers. The National Leadership Conference was hosted in Denver, Colorado. It changes locations every year. The attendance at the national convention was 8,000 people.”

Emmy is also busy with school activities. “I am involved in Speech and Debate, FCCLA, Equality Club, and Robbie’s Hope,” she says.Emmy Watson

Emmy says she also enjoys living in Westfield. “I love the people in Westfield,” she says. “There are some of the best people here.”

Emmy says she will not forget all of the people who helped her with her FCCLA project display.

“I would like to thank everyone who helped me throughout this, including ‘Big Dawg Burroughs,’ Ms. Grubel, and friends Lexi Ball, Meredith Mobley and Avery Gustafson,” she says. “I couldn’t have done it without them.”

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