In addition to this extraordinary accomplishment, Emma has received several academic awards and has been recognized for her commitment to service and community engagement. She is a McAuley Scholar, received the George Washington University Book Award, on the Principal’s List, and is an AP Scholar with Distinction. She was named the junior class Model of Mercy in 2017 and received the National Catholic Education Association Youth Virtues, Vision, and Valor Award for developing Compassion Connections, a school-wide initiative designed to connect Assumption students with local service agencies. She has also developed P.A.V.E. the Way (www.she-is-fierce.org/pave), which is a program in which AHS students mentor refugee teens through the college application process. In her spare time, she posts on the website www.she-is-fierce.org, which she created herself.
When asked how she felt when she found out about her perfect score, Emma replied, “I was so ecstatic! I was at GSP [Governors Scholar Program] and I called my parents right away.” She added, “The same day that I got my score, though, I found out that a refugee student that I had been working closely with for months got a score that was lower than she had hoped for and may be a barrier to her dream of getting into college. It really helped me to keep my perspective and remember that an individual’s worth is not measured by her score on a standardized test.”
Emma is also incredibly involved at Assumption High School and holds many leadership positions in and outside of school. She serves as the Family Council President, the Saint Margaret Mary Youth Group Core Team President and a vice president of the Global Outreach Club. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, Mu Alpha Theta, Operation Smile, Peer Tutors, Mental Health Awareness Club, and Book Club.
“A curious, eager student, Emma Bartley loves learning and fully engages in the classroom whether we are discussing a topic, carrying out a group activity, or synthesizing ideas,” expressed Kelly Kirwan, Director of Assumption’s McAuley Scholars program. “Emma is a visionary and exhibits mature thinking for a young woman her age. She humbly uses the gifts that she has been given to improve and enhance the programs in which she is involved and the people’s lives that she touches,” she added.