Emma Garvis – Texas Nomination & Photography by Angie Read Photography Issue 59 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Nomination: Emma Garvis is very passionate about her friends and family. at a young age, Emma became interested in cardiac care due to her dad's cardiac failure issues. Emma has danced her entire life and she has performed her way into the position of 1st Lieutenant on her high school drill team. At school, she helps with the special needs dance class. This ignited her second interest in special education. As a member of The Legacy League, she volunteers at the local animal shelter, and manages to balance two jobs. Emma has a heat of gold and is truly an inspiring teen!
What inspiring things about you does your nomination not cover? For the past year, I have been struggling with depression. It has been an ongoing battle but I can proudly say that I have found a way to overcome depression and I want to share that with not only teenagers, but with everyone. Talking about mental health is something that society needs more of. I also would like people to know and understand more about special needs children. A lot of people in the public school system don't even know that there are ways to interact and make friends with these kids. Special needs children need more recognition for the things they overcome since they put a smile on everyone's face!
What else would you most like to talk about? I would talk about how the big bad things that happen in your life do not define you. The things that happen in your life may be considered bad, are the things that make you stronger and you have the power to not let it drag you down. It is important for teenagers to understand that we can choose to rise up in those situations instead of sinking down. Even be a positive example for others and show that it is okay!
If you were to present a topic to a group of your peers, what would it be and why? I would pick about the importance of the future. Many high school students struggle with not knowing what to do after they graduate. I was one of them until I found my "why" in life. I always heard the phrase "You have to have a know what you want to do in order to succeed!" I want teenagers to know that it is ok to have no clue what to do right after high school. The only thing that is important is your happiness! Be proactive - a path will open up!
Look for Emma in issue 59 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!