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Johnson to be honored as Youth of the Year

Published: Monday, Nov. 12, 2012 11:52 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Nov. 12, 2012 11:55 a.m. CDT

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Few people can successfully manage a demanding schedule filled with academics, sports, community service and work. For 17-year-old Emma Johnson, she wouldn’t have it any other way.

On Tuesday, Johnson, daughter of Dave and Ann Johnson, will be honored as 2012 Youth of the Year by Creston Chamber of Commerce.

“It was my privilege to take advantage of those opportunities and give back to my town” said Johnson. “It has been very rewarding and I am very honored to receive this recognition.”

Students were nominated by their families, teachers, school administrators, churches and business community.

Guidance Counselor Angela Bolinger describes Johnson as a person with a strong desire to serve others and improve the Creston community and school.

Johnson has served in leadership positions in student government all four years of high school; vice president for two years, class president for one year and student body president for one year. Johnson is a member of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and active within the Environmental and Spatial Technology (EAST) program. With the community, Johnson has served on the Youth Answering the Call of Community (YACC) for three years, been involved in church youth group for four years, Appalachia Service Project (ASP), and has been involved with organizing an American Red Cross blood drive.

“With her high school and community commitments, Emma has been instrumental with bringing about changes and improvements” said Bolinger.

Johnson is also a member of the National Honor Society. She holds a 4.0 grade point average and ranks first out of 104 students in her graduating class.

In addition to her rigorous academic schedule and community service, Johnson also works at Upper Crust Bakery. Her coworkers, Christy Whited and Cynthia Wolf, describe her as hardworking yet fun-loving, loyal, responsible, committed, personable and caring.

“Just ask anyone that knows her from participating in ASP, basketball, tennis, yearbook and paper staffs, and we’re sure these are some of the words you will hear to describe Emma” says Whited.

Johnson was also nominated by Creston resident, Barb Coenen. “She is a great example of youth in Creston” said Coenen. “Her spirit and personality endear her to everyone she meets.”

Those who nominated Johnson agree she balances her demanding schedule with a smile, pushes herself beyond expectations and is committed to improving the lives of those around her.

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