Emily S.

Undergraduate Recipient

"As you pursue your dreams of higher education, describe what changes you would like to see in the CF community. What steps would you take to initiate these changes?"

There is a video on the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s YouTube channel in which Dr. Preston Cambell states, and I’m paraphrasing, that it is his dream that in the future individuals living with cystic fibrosis will live long enough that they will have to deal with issues of old age. I firmly believe that this will be true for me.

Cystic fibrosis impacts one’s life view. How could it not when you are told from an early age that your life expectancy is about half that of a person that does not have CF? As I pursue my dreams, and progress continues to be made toward finding an effective treatment/cure for CF, I would like to see the CF community begin to raise their gaze from the near term to the far term. My hope is that we all begin to set our sights higher, our dreams bigger, and make the changes needed in our lives to achieve those dreams.

I can influence this change in perspective by example, by dreaming big and not limiting my aspirations. I have faith that a treatment or cure is on the horizon, and I am planning for it by going to college to prepare for my future. I have big dreams and have set my sights high, because when I’m old and gray I want to look back with no regrets.


Emily S.'s Artwork

Emily S.'s Achievements

  • International Thespian Honor Society - Since Freshman Year
  • National English Honor Society - Since Junior Year
  • National History Honor Society - Since Junior Year
  • Principal's Honor Roll - Every Semester Since Freshman Year
  • Club Leadership - Women's Empowerment Club - Event Coordinator - 2015/2016 School Year; Women's Empowerment Club - Vice President - 2016/2017 School Year; Animal Conservation Club - Founder/President - 2016/2017 School Year; Make a Wish Club - Recording Secretary - 2017/2018 School Year
  • Club Involvement - Women of Tomorrow - Since Freshman Year; Women's Empowerment - Since Freshman Year; Youth Actor's Guild - Since Freshman Year; 4-H - Sophomore Year
  • Theatre Department - "Kiss Me Kate - Sound/Run Crew - September 2017 to TBD; "Stories Under the Big Top" - Principle Role - February 2017 to April 2017; "Moon Over Buffalo" - Sound Crew - January 2017 to March 2017; Semester Showcase - Soloist - October 2016 to November 2016; "The Addams Family" - Paint Crew - August 2016 to November 2016 Semester Showcase - Soloist/Dancer - April 2016; "Shrek the Musical" - Paint Crew - January 2016 to March 2016
  • Theatre Department - "Romeo and Juliet" - Paint Crew - August 2015 to November 2015; Disney Showcase - Soloist - April 2015; "Thoroughly Modern Millie" - Light Crew - January 2015 to March 2015; Open Mic Night - Soloist - October 2014; "Diary of Anne Frank" - Props Crew - August 2014 to November 2014