Student in the Spotlight
By Rachel Kelly | Photo by Breanna Kalmon
Emily Williams, Senior
Peninsula High School
Emily Williams is a 17-year-old senior at Peninsula High School, and when asked about what she loves, enjoys, and is thrilled to be involved in, she didn’t hesitate to answer that she has a love for the dramatic arts. She loves the expression, the creativity and the challenge of it. Most of her community efforts and spare time is spent in some type of theater. This is her fourth year as a member of the drama department and her second year as a member of her school's Theatre Council, of which she is currently the president.
“Ever since I was little, I’ve been interested in theater and the dramatics of it all,” says Emily.
That interest hasn’t waned in the least as she’s grown up. She’s grown a lot in her talents since she was younger, undaunted by the opportunities presented to her. She’s performed in many plays and musicals over the years, in which she’s flourished. Her favorite production was Roger and Hammerstein's Cinderella, in which she played the stepmother.
Outside of school and drama, she makes time for her friends. With all the activity that she keeps busy with, Emily knows it’s important to relax, and loves to keep entertained with a good book. In school she pursues all kinds of creative avenues while keeping up with the academic ones. She is a part of the Show Choir and Advanced Chamber Choir.
She also enjoys her English classes, which seem to go hand in hand with her love of reading. Unlike others her age, she doesn’t mind the essays. She even enjoys writing them.
Throughout her four years at Peninsula High School, no teacher has inspired her more than her director and teacher Mr. Bullock, who has helped Emily to broaden her creativity—which has pushed her to be a better actor.
Looking forward, Emily is not only excited to go to college but, more than anything, to continue her career in acting. Drama has been a joy and an aspiration for her and, going forward, she hopes to hold on tight to it. No doubt she will continue to broaden her view and expand her talent in the arts, taking along with her the skills she’s picked up through the opportunities she was given at school. Break a leg, Emily!