Emily Bitler – Alaska Nomination & Photography by Bee Bold Photography Issue 51 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Nomination: Emily continues to push herself academically and in her 4 sports. She is a very inspiring person who loves to make those around her smile. She is a state champion in discus. She is a very compassionate and understanding person towards those around her. Overall, she as individual, is going to inspire our generation and generations to come, to continue to put in the hard work because it all pays off.
What should we definitely know about you? I am a 4 sport athlete who maintains over a 4.0 GPA, all while having time to volunteer around my community.
Tell us about your sports. What I love about all my sports is the fact that we get to travel all over the state. In Alaska there’s not many teams to play right down the road so sometimes we have to fly or drive 6 hours and that’s what makes them the most fun and it’s the time to really bond with everyone. I play a middle in volleyball, and I’ve only played for two years. I would say traveling to Valdez is my favorite memory. Valdez is such a fun place for all sports and the girls just made it extra fun. I love cheering everyone does. How we have a cheer for every point. I am mainly a post player in basketball, but I play all positions. My greatest accomplishment is winning an award during every tournament and always being able to reach my goals, whether it be getting so many rebounds or points. I really enjoy the fact that I can get really aggressive in this sport. Especially being a post, I can really show what I’m made of. I am a pitcher in softball but sometimes I play third or wherever is needed. My greatest accomplishment in this sport is the fact that I hit the very first over the fence home run for my school. I really love all the girls on softball. They all make the sport so much more fun, and the coaches are just amazing. I compete in discus for track. And the greatest thing I have done for that is winning 1st in both regions and state.
What has your favorite class been this year and why? My favorite class this year is stuck between my Architectural Drafting class or Construction Trades. I love being able to build things and in Drafting I get to see all the small parts and design things, while in Construction I get to put ideas to life.
What volunteer activities do you do in your community? Which has been your favorite and why? I volunteer in my community block parties with helping set up and take down, I also volunteer around my family’s church, picking up trash on the side of the road and cleaning up the building. My favorite volunteering activity has to be Recycle. I get to do it once a month and I help people understand the importance of recycle and help them put the right containers in the right bins.
What volunteer activity has awarded you with the greatest leadership role? What was it, what did your duties entail, and what did you learn from it? Recycling has awarded me with the greatest leadership role. I get to take responsibility of opening and closing the transfer site, and I get to instruct people on how and where to put their items. I have learned how to communicate with different people and what different people require. I have become much more of a people person and more comfortable with talking to different people by participating in this activity.
What was your senior portrait experience like with Bee Bold Photography? What did you love most about it and what did you find most surprising? My senior portrait experience was absolutely amazing. Bee Bold Photography was so personable and made it so easy to get the pictures taken. I had no idea what to do or what poses to do, and she made it seem so easy and so natural and it was a blast. What I loved most about the experience was the fact that she made me laugh all the time and that it felt like we were friends and not just me hiring her. I was very surprised with how easy it was to work with her.
What inspiring things about you does your nomination not cover? How I am myself without worrying about anyone’s options. With being involved in so many things such as my sports and academics I face discrimination with being an out gay women. With all the bullying I still play on, study hard, and help my community.
If you were to present a topic to a group of your peers, what would it be and why? I don’t have just one passion in which I could go on about. I spread my love and passion throughout everything I do. I could share my passion for gay equality while at the same time I could converse about horses. On top of that I have become very knowledgeable of celiac disease and gastro paresis. I could go on about many thinks that I do in life, and I am constantly learning something knew in which I grow to have a passion for and knowledge of.
Look for Emily in issue 51 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!