by Mary Brocato
The Sabine Parish Rising Star in the 2019 Hometown Christmas Parade is 17-year-old Emma Rose McElwee, the second oldest daughter of Melissa and Archie McElwee of Many.
Emma has three sisters who will learn much from the example she sets. Her older sister Makenna is 18 years old, Ava is 13 years old, and Stella is 6 years old. She is often seen at Sunday morning mass holding little Stella and adjusting the big bow in Stella’s hair.
School and church are two important parts of Emma’s life. She is president of the junior class at Many High School. In that capacity Emma coordinates fundraisers for the prom and also for graduation. She also leads and plans meetings of her class. Emma is also vice president of the MHS Student Council.
Additionally this busy teenager is a delegate to the La. Association of Student Councils and has attended their conventions and workshops during her three years in high school Emma is a member of the Future Business Leaders of American and a part of the Global Business Team. Emma’s team has placed in the top 10 in the Louisiana state contest for the past two years. Emma served as parliamentarian for the FBLA in the 2018 school year.
Emma is a member of BETA club at school where she is a BETA officer. This hardworking coed is also a member of the Explorers Club which is a program that helps educate students about opportunities for college and scholarships. She is a team captain on the Many High quiz bowl team where she enjoys competing at parish level tournaments.
Emma is also a Tigerette on the Many High School dance line. She says performing on Friday nights at the high school football game’s half-time is the highlight of her week.
She is also treasurer for Many High 4-H. Emma says, “I love all the opportunities it provides me in which I can give back to my community.”
A member of the Library Club at school. she helps promote good reading habits in the children of Many.
Emma’s Christian faith is a vital important part of her life. A member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Many, she and her parents and three sisters can be found at church every Sunday morning. She is a part of the church youth group and she helps with mass, fundraisers, and other activities with the church.
Emma is not just a Sunday morning Christian. She brings her deep faith in God to school with her Monday through Friday. She is a part of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes where she is a huddle leader. She helps and aids students’ journeys in prayer through this position. Emma is a leader of the student led Bible study held at Many High School in the mornings before the official school day begins. A member of the 4:12 crew, she often gives talks about how students can follow their faith as they go through school.
Emma will be graduating from Many High in May of 2021. She plans to advance her education at Louisiana State University by pursuing a degree in philosophy. After acquiring her bachelor’s degree, she plans to attend law school in hopes of coming back to Many to pursue a career as a lawyer.
Emma says, “It is important to me to return to my hometown and help the community progress and maintain its charm. Many has a certain draw that is unparalleled to any other town I have ever visited.
Emma McElwee, the 2019 Rising Star, serves as an outstanding example of a teenager who devotes her life to her family, her faith and her school community. She is a credit to all teenagers and an example of a person living a worthwhile life at a young age.
As an adult, she is sure to be a credit to the community of Many when she returns to her hometown to practice her legal career.
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