Emily Frier will be graduating high school with an associate’s degree, having had attended classes at Tacoma Community College through the Running Start program. She has maintained excellent grades despite a very busy schedule that includes choir, performances in musicals, leadership activities and community service.
As a freshman member of Young Life, Frier was asked to help at the Fish Food Bank. She said she absolutely loved it — and was inspired to do more.
“It taught me leadership skills and to be accountable. I’ve grown a lot,” she says.
She says that serving others is a blessing, and she does that in numerous ways. In addition to Fish, she volunteers at the Tacoma Rescue Mission and as a leader for Young Life, mentoring the same group of middle school girls for the past two years.
She says at first being a Young Life mentor to 25 teens was intimidating as she was being asked for advice about life problems.
“I’ve grown very close to a lot of the girls. It’s incredible to see them grow and it’s nice to be needed,” she says.
Choir has been a big part of her life, and Frier started taking lessons in middle school. She’s applied her singing and dancing talents by performing in high school and community theater musicals, including in lead roles.
“When you’re in a musical, it turns into a big family and you create something so beautiful together, it’s incredible,” she says.
Frier has remained active with the school choir even when she no longer had classes on the Peninsula High campus.
“Many students that enter (the Tacoma Community College) program become quickly disconnected from their high school community, but Emily has continued to foster relationships and serve in her leadership capacity in choir without fail,” says Peninsula’s choir and music director Allison Ellis. “Emily is the kind of student you look forward to working with — always willing to grow and improve, to encourage others and lead through service.”
In addition to being part of the worship team at her church, Frier has served as an intern for Sunday School for preschool kids as well as volunteering in the nursery. She is passionate about working with children, and plans to turn that passion into a career.
Her plan is to study special education, although she hasn’t decided on a school yet.
“I’ve always liked teachers and I like that special education is less structured so you can meet individual needs,” she says. “I love working with students and helping them achieve their goals.”
Category: Community service
Education: Senior, Peninsula High School
Parents: Anna and Mike Frier
Activities/Achievements: Running Start; community service varsity letter; choir treasurer; choir council; Young Life student leader; performances in musicals at Peninsula, Paradise, Encore; Fish Volunteer of the Month; more than 1,500 hours of community service including for Tacoma Rescue Mission, Harbor Christian Center, Fish Food Bank; Believer’s Fellowship, Young Life; mission trips to Mexico and Botswana
Favorite teacher: Allison Ellis, choir. “I strive to be like her. She is one of the most caring and selfless people I have ever met. She truly loves her students and encourages us daily.”
Best thing about high school: “The community that has been created by the faculty and students makes this school a fun and loving place to be.”