KHQA STUDENT ATHLETE OF THE WEEK PRESENTED BY SUBWAY, PETERS HEATING AND AIR, AND CELL TECH
HOLY TRINITY VOLLEYBALL/SOCCER
Class Rank: 1st
ACT Score: 34
It is a position that demands leadership....
The Setter is the Quarterback, the Point Guard of a Volleyball Squad...and with nearly 11 hundred assists last year for the Tri State's most accomplished Spikes Program...Emily Tinguely has proven her worth.
But for this talented Holy Trinity Senior, the penchant to assist doesn't stop on the field of play...
Emily Tinguely has dedicated herself to helping those around her. It starts at Holy Trinity, where she's given 4 years to the school's powerhouse volleyball program, and 4 years to soccer program, which has helped build the team, having only been formed in 2007.
"Building the program is important so that they can continue to do well. It was a lot of fun in my sophomore year when we started to do well and made it past the first regional game. It was fun knowing that we can do well not only in our area, but also in the whole state of Iowa,"
But her imprint extends well beyond her high school hallways. Emily has made volunteering in the Fort Madison community a priority as well.
"Just knowing that there are others, sometimes really close to your home, that you can help out in any way - serving food, donating clothes, anything so that they can have the same opportunities as we do,"
Her generosity goes beyond Fort Madison, even - Emily has taken part in Kids Against Hunger, which helps provide meals for children halfway around the world. Its quite a footprint she's made.
"Being in America, we know we're in a developed country and have it a lot better than other people in other countries. Knowing that they're getting at least one meal a day is amazing,"
She's undecided on a university at this point, but being the first in her class should open plenty of doors, allowing her to keep giving back.
"I'm thinking of going into the medical field and possibly being a pharmacist, or starting up a charity or hospital in a third world country where they need extra help,"
You wonder how Emily would have time for all of this, being such a difference-maker in both school and her hometown. And her answer is that there's always time to put others first.
"It just really does make you feel good about yourself knowing that you're helping someone else who is less fortunate than you, and that you can make a difference in the world by helping others in the smallest way and big ways also,"