Oklahoma Baptist University
To say I am thankful is quite simply an understatement. I am blessed beyond measure. To have been able to grow up under a mother and Cherokee Indian father the whole period of my life. That brings me pride in knowing who I am and who I am to become. Not only have I been blessed with incredible leaders and influences in my life, but I also have been given many opportunities to work and serve my local community involving many different outlets to put my service to work. The different service opportunities include, Cleats for Kids, Oklahoma Regional Food Bank, Hope Pregnancy, City Rescue Mission, Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Kids, and Community Outreach with The Salvation Army. Within my high school career, the leadership program I was involved in was called Salt and Light. This leadership program allowed me to invest my leadership qualities of service and hard work to good use throughout my alma mater, Christian Heritage Academy, and to the community of Del City. I was given the privilege of being placed over one specific group called “Dust Busters”. This role allowed me to learn organization, diligence, and thoroughness that comes with leadership. I was over a group of about 20 freshmen to seniors who were willing to be of good use wherever they were placed. I had to learn to schedule three different people every week who were available to work alongside one another. We went from offices, to rooms, to gymnasiums to dust and wipe down certain areas that are constantly touched. This leadership role taught me how to be responsible and courteous for the students on the “Dust Buster’s Team”. My family and hometown community have equipped me and made me who I am today due to the plentiful social outings and services.
Meet Emma Vernon, she is from a small town in Oklahoma called Harra. Emma grew up in a big family with Cherokee roots. Emma has taken the opportunity to be involved in her community through service. Emma is also an active member in her church and her high school cross country team. Emma found that cross country was something that kept her motivated to work hard not only in the sport but in every aspect of life. Emma is a very family-oriented person, she appreciates her family heritage and the lifestyle. Some of her favorite memories come from the weekly Sunday dinners at her grandparents’ house. “I am thankful that my heritage has brought me a close-knit family that has continually poured into me over the past nineteen years” Emma Stated. Growing up, Emma’s parents taught her that where they come from hard work and dedication pay off. This is something that she does not take lightly in any part of her life, whether school, work, or hobbies. Emma credits the woman she has become to her deep family roots and values. With this, Emma plans to share this with her children someday.