Student of Month urges teens to ‘inspire others’

By Sabrina Otero
Times-News correspondent  

Emily Apple is Student of the Month for July, 2012 / Photo submitted

Emily Danielle Apple, a senior at Appalachian State University, was pleasantly surprised to learn that she had been selected as July’s Student of the Month.
   Unlike the previous winners; however, Emily’s nomination was done anonymously — a first for the 10 year-old column. She is the daughter of  Wade and Patricia Apple of Burlington and is of no relation to Teens & Twenties adviser Charity Apple.
   The anonymous nomination described Emily as “hard-working, creative, energetic, outgoing, friendly and loving,” thus there is no mystery as to why she is the ideal candidate for this honor.
   Recently the 22-year-old Dance and Fashion Design major took some time out of her schedule to permit our readers a glimpse into her personal world:
   Teens & Twenties: What are some of your recent achievements?
   Apple: “I’ve maintained a 3.0 GPA or higher since I started college. I received an offer to perform for the Alabama Theatre in Myrtle Beach, S.C. I received second place at the Hall of Fame Dance Challenge regional competition in Charlotte.”
   Teens & Twenties: In what ways, are you an example for others?
   Apple: “I don’t look at what I do as work, I look at it as a passion. From being an athlete most of my life, especially in high school and college, I’ve taken a role of leadership, and it has helped me in many ways especially with my job as a camp counselor. I use my full potential in everything I do from playing college volleyball, dancing, acting, including my job.”
   Teens & Twenties: What are some goals that you have?
   Apple: “Graduating college. I hope to really push myself to get our in the entertainment world to show my passion and hope society will be inspired to follow their passion, simply do what makes you happy.”
   Teens & Twenties: Where do see yourself five years from now?
   Apple: “On stage. I love to perform, and my goal in life is simply just to make people smile. I really hope to be somewhere doing things in entertainment and costume design, like Disney. Eventually I want to get married and have a family and just hope my hard work pays off.”
   Teens & Twenties: What advice would you give to other young adults seeking to make a difference?
   Apple: “Be yourself. Use your voice to inspire people. Don’t be afraid to be colorful, that is what makes us all different in this black-and-white world. Never be discouraged if you fail a few times because if things were easy to find, they wouldn’t be worth finding.”

Sabrina Otero is a rising sophomore at Western Alamance High School and a Teens & Twenties writer.

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