2013 Terrific Teen: Emily Johnson
Senior, Charlotte Latin School
Parents: Robert and Susan Johnson
Compassionate | Philanthropic | Bright
Emily Johnson will graduate from high school having logged more than 600 hours of community service doing everything from serving dinner to families at the Ronald McDonald House to working with Habitat for Humanity in El Salvador.
"When a daily school announcement is made requesting volunteers, Emily Johnson not only often answers the call, she also brings others along with her," says Kim Stodghill, Charlotte Latin co-director of college counseling. "Emily is easily recognized as one of the most philanthropic young women in our school."
Johnson says that she focuses on community service because she likes making a difference in the lives of others and building friendships with the people she serves alongside. "There's a connection that you make with people that you can't find anywhere else," she says.
Much of her volunteer work has focused on the Ronald McDonald House in Charlotte, where she serves on the Teen Volunteer Board, helps families staying at the house and organizes fundraisers.
As a member of the Teen IMPACT Fund, Johnson was one of 20 teenagers who spent a year reviewing grant applications and choosing three nonprofit organizations to receive grant money. "The experience has enhanced Emily's leadership skills and given her an opportunity for civic engagement," says Stodghill. Johnson also has taken several overseas service trips with Overland, a national organization that offers summer programs for students.
At Charlotte Latin School, Johnson serves on the executive council of the school's service organization and as a senior class representative on the student council, and has played on the tennis team. She is factoring in the availability of service opportunities as she is selecting a college, and she hopes to one day have a career that focuses on working with people.
[Â View all 2013 Terrific TeensÂ ]
Photos: Becca Bond Photography