Emily Hernandez has made a lasting impact on the IHA community since her first day of freshman year, and it is bittersweet to watch her graduate.
Besides being an outstanding student, Emily is also very active in clubs and extracurricular activities both inside and outside of school. Emily has been a committed member of heartTV, Praise chorus, National Art Honor Society, International Thespian Society, and the Tri-M Music Honor society. Along with all of this, Emily is also very involved outside of IHA. Since her freshman year, she has been a cantor at the Church of the Presentation. She also performs in other shows at Saint Joseph’s Regional High School and Don Bosco Preparatory High School throughout the year. Emily still makes time for many vocal performances, such as benefit concerts and cabarets, throughout her year. This seems like an impossible amount to handle, but Emily proves that all this and more is possible.
Emily would like to thank all the teachers and mentors that have helped shape her into who she is today, but four particular teachers truly made an unforgettable impact on her. Those teachers include: Ms. McNulty, Mrs. Encke, Mrs. Proscia, and Ms. Chelotti. Emily said, “They all pushed me to believe in myself because when I didn’t believe, they did. They have shown me nothing but love and support and for that, I am forever grateful.” Ms. McNulty, having worked extremely closely with Emily for the past four years said, “Emily is an outstanding young woman of talent and grace. She is hardworking, dedicated, mature, and full of spirit. She is joy to work with in the classroom and in the theater. I am sure that we will see her name in lights sooner rather than later!”
Emily would also like to thank the entire IHA community. She said, “I’m so thankful for the opportunities that IHA has granted me and in terms of accomplishments, my biggest accomplishment at IHA has been growing into myself and becoming who I am.”
When asked what she will miss most about IHA she responded, “All of it, good and bad. IHA has helped shape me into the person I am today and there isn’t a second of it that I won’t miss.” Emily has truly connected with all of her classmates, and all have influenced her one way or the other. She truly believes, “there is a certain sisterhood among us.”
In the fall, Emily will be attending Syracuse University majoring in acting and minoring in communications. After college, Emily has chosen to continue doing what she loves, performing. You have an amazing future ahead of you, Emily! We will all miss you next year and can’t wait to see all the amazing things you will achieve!
By Angeline Jacob ’20, Staff Writer
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