Emmalynn Beck is an extremely ambitious young woman. She thinks big and works hard to accomplish whatever she sets her mind to. She has faced much adversity in her life but, in spite of those obstacles, has been determined to focus all of her energy into making the world around her a better place.
As a freshman, Emmalynn was a member of the Interact Club. She participated in many fund raisers (collecting cans for the school’s annual can drive, working concession stands, etc.). The club raised money to provide low-income families with holiday meals.
This past year, Emmalynn worked to create what is one of her greatest achievements thus far, a 12-hour-long dance marathon. The goal of this event was to raise money and awareness for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in conjunction with the University of Iowa Dance Marathon. She contacted representatives of the University of Iowa who helped her begin the process. This event was the first ever hosted at her high school. Emmalynn, who is currently her class secretary, worked with her student council and the high school principal to establish a committee that met weekly and sold t-shirts and bracelets at sporting events. Through Emmalynn’s leadership, the group raised almost $1,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network. The dance marathon will now be an annual event at her high school.
Additionally, Emmalynn is involved in a number of other activities and projects. Recently she was able to help lead her Quiz Bowl team to a 2nd place title at the super conference. She also co-founded a book club to help share her love for literature. Emmalynn is the student representative on her high school’s SIAC (School Improvement Advisory Committee). This committee meets to discuss the school’s programs, policies, and ways to improve the entire district. She has stated that, “Serving on this committee has enlightened me as to what I want to work on in my life—-education and creating a better school system.” Another project she has taken part in involves the cleaning of a state park.
Each day, Emmalynn is trying to create a better environment both in her school and in her community. She gives credit to her grandparents for their encouragement and for inspiring her to be a better person. As she moves forward in her life, she hopes that she can help create better educational opportunities for the entire world.