You may have seen Emily Bermudez running a Christian Service Board meeting, midnight running, or running a cross country race, but you will never see Emily run out of compassion in all that she does. Emily Bermudez, class of 2017, is the perfect model of a dedicated IHA girl. That compassion and dedication will be missed tremendously next year.
Throughout her time at IHA, Emily has taken rigorous courses alongside her athletic achievements in cross country and track, while maintaining her position in the National Honor Society. After her running her first three years of high school, Cross Country Coach Mr. Downey named her captain of the team of over 60 girls, a position well earned and well deserved.
Along with Emily’s incredible talents in running, she has given a lot back to the IHA community. Emily’s main contribution to IHA stems from her love of service, earning her the position of Christian Service Board President her senior year. It was because of Emily that this year’s drives ran so smoothly, masses became more engaging, and IHA seemed to have a more “spirit of service” attitude. This year, Emily earned the Presidential Service Award.
Along with her amazing drive for an involvement in service, Emily’s enthusiasm is also present in the classroom. Emily has been a part of the National Honor Society since her junior year, a member of many IHA clubs, such as CARE, and a crucial volunteer at CareOne in Ridgewood.
Emily’s motivation to do well has not gone unnoticed and has had an effect on others. Bailey Devaney, Emily’s peer and fellow Christian Service Executive Board member, says, “Emily’s enthusiasm about everything involving Campus Ministry at IHA made all of us [on Christian Service Executive Board] really excited about everything we were doing and made us all work hard towards any task that lie ahead of us.”
After her four years of high school, the entire IHA community will truly miss the presence of such genuine passion for helping others and making others a priority over herself. As Emily recently noted, “IHA truly empowered me for the world ahead of me and is something I will forever be thankful for. The friendships and lessons I have made here are irreplaceable, and while I am sad to be leaving, I will always cherish these memories.”
Dr. Kenney, Emily’s AP English teacher, said that “Besides being an excellent student, Emily Bermudez is quietly joyful. She always seems to have a smile ready just beneath the surface and it only takes the slightest little thing for her to share it with the world.”
Next year, Emily will be continuing her academic career at Villanova University. We wish you the best of luck in the next chapter of your life, Emily. Go Wildcats!
By Emily Bommer ‘18, Arts and Entertainment Editor