Emily Shrimplin, 17, of West Brooklyn, is Ashton-Franklin Center High School’s November Student of the Month. Her parents are John and Angie Shrimplin, and she has a sister, Callie.
Favorite class: Dual-credit English at Sauk Valley Community College with Kim Toole, because it has taught me how to write papers at the college level and has broadened my vocabulary.
Least-favorite class: Art, because I am not good at drawing and painting a picture to make it look real.
Favorite teacher: Kim Toole, because I like the way she teaches and she is easy to talk to.
School activities in which you participate: FFA club reporter, class secretary, National Honor Society, yearbook, volleyball, and I am the baseball statistician.
Civic and volunteer activities in which you participate: I have been an active member of 4-H for 10 years. I have helped teach little kids the fundamentals of volleyball in the summers. I have been a part of many different community cleanups after natural disasters. Operation Christmas Child, toy drives, making blankets for the shelters, and nursing home are a few of the many volunteer hours I have logged in.
Do you have a job? I help with my family’s farm, mow lawns, and babysit.
How would you describe your group of friends? With my group of friends, there is never a dull moment.
What will you do after high school? I will attend Sauk for gen ed courses and to play volleyball, then will transfer to either Parkland College in Champaign or Illinois Central College in East Peoria to pursue a career in dental hygiene.
What is something you learned in high school that you think you’ll never use? Definitely all the math equations and events that happened in history.
What kind of music are you listening to? Mainly country.
What’s one thing in your life you can’t do without? Steak n’ Shake’s shakes.
What is your advice for surviving high school? Never procrastinate big papers or projects, because it only will make them harder and you won’t do your best work.
If you could change one thing about your school, what would it be? I would like to see more classes that would pertain to us for the future.
What scares you? Heights, frogs, and needles.
If you could try any job for the day, what would it be? I would be a dolphin trainer, because I loved watching the dolphin shows when I was younger and always have wanted to swim with them.
If you could go anywhere in the world for free, where would it be? Puerto Rico, because I want to be on the beach 24/7.
What is a good book you have read recently? “Unbroken,” by Laura Hillenbrand.
What is your proudest moment? My club volleyball team placed 15th at nationals in Florida in our division.
Who is your hero or role model? My parents, because they are almost always right!
What do you think your life will be like 10 years from now? I see my life 10 years from now in my own house, with a job as a dental hygienist, and married.
Is there anything else you want people to know about you? I received my state FFA degree and was elected as my city’s clerk at Illinois Girls State this past summer.
What is your life’s philosophy? Don’t stress about the little things in life and accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be.
Shout out to: My little sister Callie Jo for not only being my sister but my main supporter, personal comedian, and my best friend. I wouldn’t trade all the memories we have shared together for the world. Thank you for always being by my side on and off the court and most of all thank you for being a great sister. Good luck with the rest of your high school career and volleyball. It is going to be different watching you from the bleachers.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ...
Game or activity? Volleyball
Movie? “The Last Song”
TV show? “Hawaii Five-O”
Sports team? Dallas Cowboys