Emily Masters, the daughter of Brian and Elizabeth Masters, is Grundy County High School’s Class of 2015 valedictorian. You might think she is all about the books, but Emily is a community volunteer and has big plans for her future.
“I have always lived in Monteagle,” says Emily. “I love it. It is beautiful.
“I started school at the Sewanee Children’s Center, at age 2.Then I attended Sewanee Elementary School from Kindergarten through fifth grade. I went to Monteagle Elementary School for grades six through eight.
“Everyone at Monteagle Elementary made my move there easy. I made new friends and everyone was kind and accepting. I was blessed with good teachers. While there, I played on the volleyball team and I was class valedictorian in eighth grade.”
“Going into my junior year, I was taking 15 hours of college credits on top of my high school classes through dual enrollment at Chattanooga State. I decided to focus on that.
“At Grundy, I have been involved in several clubs. First is the future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). I was the 2014-2015 FBLA State Reporter – an amazing experience. I ran workshops, ran a leadership camp, and worked at the state conference. I loved getting up on stage and speaking in front of more than 2,000 people at the state conference.
“I am also a member of DECA and the National Honor Society. I am a Youth Leadership Grundy board member this year.
“I have been crazy busy, but it has been worth it. I would not trade it for anything.”
Upon graduation, Emily will attend Berea College on a full-tuition scholarship. She plans to double major in English and Women and Gender studies, with a minor in Social and Political Peace.
“My goal is to start a non-profit organization, promoting self-respect and body confidence in teenagers. The women’s empowerment luncheons at school have been important helping me decide on this path.”
In addition to her studies, Emily has two jobs. She works at Tenacity Adventure Fitness and as a childcare provider at Christ Church in Tracy City. In her free time, she likes to watch her sisters Ella and Eliza play soccer, hang out with friends, read, and take dance classes.
“I am very involved in the Fire on the Mountain youth group. It is a church youth group that involves kids from my church, St. James Episcopal, and other local churches. We deliver cookies, go caroling, and go on mission trips. We recently completed a stay-at-home mission trip where we worked in the community.
“I am also involved with the Sons and Daughters of Abraham, in inter-faith youth group.”
Emily’s role models include her parents and her FBLA advisor, Franklin Cammack. She says that throughout her life, she has collected advice from many people. But, her advice to youth is to not give up on yourself.
“Everyone makes mistakes in life and you need to be positive and not negative in life.”
This summer she plans to attend the Firefly Music Festival in Delaware, will travel to and participate in the FBLA National Conference in Chicago, and visit the beach with her family.
Emily graduated Summa Cum Laude from Chattanooga State on May 9. We wish her the best as she now prepares for her high school graduation on May 21.