Student of Month has ‘strong desire to change the world’

Emily Herry is Student of the Month for August, 2015. / Photo submitted

By Allison Tate
Times-News correspondent

   For most teenagers, summer is a time to relax by the pool with friends or to binge-watch entire TV series on Netflix, but Emily Herry, August’s Student of the Month, has bigger plans than that.
Emily, a freshman at Alamance Community College, spent her summer as a counselor at Camp Mundo Vista, a Christian girl’s camp right outside of Asheboro. Since her first trip to the camp, Emily was sure that she wanted to be a counselor to young girls and teach them about God.
“Camp has always been an amazing place to go as a camper and I truly love the fellowship and the feeling of being closer to God that I always get when I’m there,” Herry said.
In addition to being a camp counselor, Emily enjoys working part-time at the acting company, Teen 2 Teen Theatre in Burlington. Emily helps around the theater and is eager to participate in Student Directing, a program where a high school senior or college student directs a production with limited help from Carol Plew, director of most Teen 2 Teen productions.
“It’s a great opportunity to try directing without being left completely without help.”
Despite her love of acting, Emily plans to major in Speech Pathology.
“I’ve always wanted to do something that helped people so when I looked into different fields, and after changing my mind a couple of times, I found out about Speech Pathology. I looked into it more. It just seemed like something I would enjoy.
She is the daughter of Jim and Sherry Herry of Haw River and she has four siblings: Olivia Patton, Morgan Patton, Shelby Herry and Evan Herry.
Brenda Holland, who nominated her granddaughter for the Student of the Month, described Emily as having a “dream and well-defined goals for her future that are centered around God, family, and friends.”
“She has a strong desire to change the world,” Holland said.
In the end, Emily says she would like to be remembered for the way she loves and serves others.
“I guess that’s how I’d like to change the world too: By showing God’s love through my service to others.”

 Allison Tate is a sophomore at Alamance Community College and a Teen & Twenties writer.


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