The YWCA of Youngstown will honor 27 area high school seniors on Saturday, March 9 at its 19th annual Young Women with Bright Futures Awards ceremony at the Holiday Inn, Boardman.
Each year, the YWCA recognizes young women who have demonstrated a commitment to serving their schools, communities, and families. Senior high school women are selected by their school teachers or administrators for their leadership qualities, academic excellence, creativity and volunteerism.
All those attributes fit Fitch senior Emily Fisher. She is a member of National Honor Society, the Latin Club, Key Club, served two years on the Talon staff, is involved with the RDE gifted reading program, is a volunteer in the Fitch Study Tables tutoring program, and is a member of the Fitch tennis team and cross country team.
"When the guidance counselors and Fitch Principal Doug McGlynn sat down to choose a candidate, we found this year's class of seniors had a lot of good choices," said senior counselor Maribeth McGlynn. "It was tough, but Emily is one who stood out."
McGlynn said Fisher has been a leader in all four of her high school years. She is best known for her tutoring ability and in helping new students adjust to high school life.
"I have seen her gravitate to the most shy and backward students, and she will bring them out of their shell," McGlynn said. "When we get a new student, Emily is the one I have show them around."
She also said Fisher is very goal driven. Maribeth McGlynn said Fisher doesn't let negativity or the everyday drama of high school life get her down.
She loves volunteering for worthy causes, too. For the past two years, she has helped Angels for Animals raise funds for the shelter by baking pies to sell. She has also volunteered at the Rescue Mission helping to organize canned goods for the needy. She has also worked hard with students who have diabetes because she knows what it is like.
"I was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes in 2003 at age nine," Fisher said. "Having diabetes has helped me set a career goal on what I want to do."
Her plans for after graduation is to continue her education at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. She plans to major in health promotion and fitness with a minor in nutrition. She said she wants to help others with diabetes and has already been involved in that goal at school.
At Fitch, Fisher has become a role model and inspiration to other students who have diabetes. She talks with them and gives them new hope for a bright future. Many of those students are much younger than she is, but look up to her because of her positive nature.
Maribeth McGlynn said Fisher also has a strong work ethic. She is able to balance school academics with her volunteerism, athletics, and her job taking care of animals at Come Stay and Play Pet Resort.
Maribeth McGlynn said none of the Fitch students knew they were being considered for the YWCA award and Fisher was is disbelief when she was told of her nomination.
"She (McGlynn) told me and I was a little confused at first," Fisher said. "There are a lot of good students here at Fitch and I just can't believe they picked me."
Fisher will join 26 other high school seniors this Saturday, many who were chosen in similar fashion. She will know that she is looked at as the cream of the crop when it comes to what Maribeth McGlynn calls "the ideal high school senior."
Saturday's event will be chaired by Cryshanna A. Jackson. Meghan Louttit, multimedia producer of the New York Times and former 2004 Bright Futures honoree, will be the keynote speaker for the event.