Emily Sutton is an accomplished athlete who is passionate about community service. She has dedicated numerous hours to sports and to volunteer activities while maintaining excellent grades. She has been described as a special individual who is ambitious and energized.
Sports have been a big part of her life since she was a young child. Sutton has participated in several — from T-ball, track and soccer to fastpitch and gymnastics — but volleyball became her favorite in middle school.
“It’s a really fun, fast-paced sport and everyone is very positive,” she said. “I look forward to volleyball practices and games more than with other sports.”
As part of Gig Harbor’s varsity volleyball team, Sutton has a long list of achievements including being voted team captain and Most Inspirational. Last season, the team competed at the Class 4A state tournament, placing seventh.
“It was surreal,” she said. “You try to go in with no expectations but everyone wants to have a good senior year and go out with a bang.”
Her volleyball coach, Sue Westering, said Sutton showed an eagerness beyond her age to challenge herself.
“She has a ‘double win’ work ethic, which means she brings out the best in herself and others,” Westering said.
While sports and academics have been a major focus for Sutton, she said her community service was truly a highlight. She has been involved in numerous volunteer activities through Young Life and other organizations, and has received a community service letter from the United Way.
“Emily’s personality is characterized by warmth, friendliness and confidence. She has many friends and is inclusive of all people, making her a natural leader,” said Kristi Harkson, her Young Life leader.
The senior plans to continue volunteering in college and into adulthood.
“Community service is a lifelong thing that’s important to me,” Sutton said. “It strengthens you as a person and you grow a lot.”
Driven by her desire to go into the medical field, Sutton volunteered at St. Anthony Hospital for two years as well as with the Medical Explorers program, part of Pierce County Medical Reserve Corps.
Sutton plans to become a nurse and join the ROTC program in college. She has not decided on a school yet, but Texas Christian University is her top choice.
“I want my future career to involve serving others, and I think being a nurse with the Army will benefit me greatly,” she said. “I look up to our military men and women.”