Most students in classes with Emily Steen would agree: no matter what the assignment is or how well you know her, there is nobody that you would rather have lead them into battle. And with leadership in the student senate and student advisory board, there’s very little basis for argument. Now Emily is not free of mistakes, but as she has said, “I have made a lot of mistakes, but I have gotten to experience them in a loving and safe environment. I always knew that no matter how bad I screwed up people at school would be there for me, especially my dad.” So through her experiences and her trials she has grown into the spectacular leader that she is with God and her friends by her side.
In the classroom, Emily has excelled in almost every facet of EC’s curriculum. She has taken a number of honors classes in the science, english and history fields, and still managed to be in the top 10 in her graduating class with an extremely competitive GPA. Specifically, Emily speaks highly of her experiences in EC’s humanities program. She says, “Humanities challenged me to practice time management and step up as a leader and share my opinions. The deep friendships I made at EC challenged me to grow in my faith and my teachers were always there to ask questions and encourage me.” Speaking of teachers, Emily obviously has a unique relationship with the staff of the school because of her father. However, Emily still has had teachers who she believes have moved her like no other. Specifically, Emily mentions that Ms. Sankey, “She challenged all the students not to live out of a spirit of fear but a spirit of confidence because our eternity as Christians has already begun...Throughout high school she has been an inspiration to me in the way she expresses herself through creativity and writing”.
With all of this evolution, Emily is taking the next step of her life at Calvin College to study sociology. “I wanted to major in something that would give me the opportunity to analyze different social groups and how they interact in our modern day society in hopes that I can find patterns that draw conclusions and make a positive impact in our world.” Of course, this is not all that Emily will be doing at Calvin. She has expressed interest in involving herself with the theater program, thanks in large part to her experiences at EC’s theater program. She described the program as, “The shows were really the best part of high school and where I made most friends that I will have for years to come. I found my voice through the theater department and gained friends I would never have otherwise.”
I wanted to major in something that would give me the opportunity to analyze different social groups and how they interact in our modern day society in hopes that I can find patterns that draw conclusions and make a positive impact in our world.
Now, there is absolutely more to Emily than simply theater and academics. She is extremely invested in her faith, even saying about her legacy that “I want my legacy to be one of loving [others] and grace. I don't care about my accomplishments, but my love for Christ and those around me.” In addition to this, “The deep friendships I made at EC challenged me to grow in my faith and my teachers were always there to ask questions and encourage me.” However, Emily’s relationship with her class extends beyond just her core friend group. She has often expressed her love for her graduating class and says for all of them, “Fellow seniors, I'm sorry about all we’ve lost. I hope college makes up for it but it's been a pleasure growing up with all of you. I wish each and all of you the best and I pray we will stand firm as Christian leaders no matter where we go. I pray we will continue to serve others throughout our lives and practice values EC has instilled in us. Let’s go change the world!”
I wish each and all of you the best and I pray we will stand firm as Christian leaders no matter where we go... Let’s go change the world!