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Emma Donnelly Made a Lasting Impact During Her Amazing Journey at Union Catholic

In our latest installment of Feature Friday, we shine the spotlight on Emma Donnelly.
 
Donnelly, a member of Union Catholic's Class of 2022, made a lasting impact during her amazing four year journey at UC.
   
Donnelly was a Student Ambassador, an Honor Roll student, a member of the National Honor Society, was active in several clubs, and played on the lacrosse and soccer teams. 
 
Here is our Q and A with Emma-
 

What did it mean to you to be a Student Ambassador at Union Catholic? You must have been very proud to represent the school as an Ambassador. 

Being a Student Ambassador was amazing! I loved being able to interact with younger students and help them make an important decision about their future.  

What did you enjoy the most about being a Student Ambassador? 

What I enjoyed most about being a Student Ambassador was being able to help people in so many different ways.  It was such a great feeling! 

Can you list everything you were involved in at UC (clubs etc.)? 

SMAC, CRAYON Club, Student Ambassador, Soccer, Track and Lacrosse. 

Can you list all the awards/honors you received at UC (Honor Roll etc.) 

Honor Roll all four years, AP Scholar Award, National Honor Society, National French Honor Society, National Art Honor Society

What does it mean to you to earn those awards and honors, and to have achieved so much academic success? You must be very proud. 

It felt really good to know that my hard work, especially during a pandemic, was paying off.  It made me feel proud of myself and my work.  It also made me happy to make my family, who’s shown endless support and love for me over the years, proud.

Why and how did you decide that UC was the place for you to be? What was it about UC that made you want to be a student here? 

I actually have a unique story about applying to UC. Union Catholic wasn’t an option for me until after I graduated 8th grade.  We couldn’t afford a private school and honestly, after going to public school for so long, I sorta thought private school was a little snobbish. I was dead-set on continuing my public education, but then my mom got a job at UC at the end of my 8th grade year. She started asking me if I would want to go there and kept telling me all about how amazing it was. I told her “no thank you” every time. Then, I started thinking about the environment I was in, and it suddenly became clear that I needed to get out. So in July before my freshman year, I applied to UC, earned a few scholarships, and got some financial help from family, and ended up loving all four years of it.

What kind of advice would you give to younger students who are considering attending UC? Why should they come to UC and what will UC give them that they won’t be able to find at other schools?

I would tell that that it’s never too late to make a change in your life. You can choose this moment to be whoever you want to be and live your life however you want to. UC gives students that opportunity, which is something that’s hard to find anywhere else

What specifically can you point to as the things that you benefited from the most from your experience as a student at UC? 

I’ve definitely grown in my faith, but you're bound to get that if you go to a Catholic school.  Something that I gained individually was the ability to look on the bright side of life and find joy in the little things.

How and when did you first get involved in soccer?

I’ve been playing soccer ever since I was little. Like everyone else, I played in a PeeWee league when I was 4 or 5, and I fell in love with it and kept on playing all the way through high school. I’ve met some of my best friends playing soccer for UC!    

How and when did you first get involved in playing lacrosse?

Lacrosse is a very different story than soccer. I remember I tried it once in 2nd grade(?) and thought it wasn't for me. I played other sports in the spring and when I came to UC, including track. Then, in my junior year, my mom became head coach of the lacrosse team in the middle of quarantine and convinced me to try-out.  Since then, I’ve grown to love lacrosse and my team!   

What do you love the most about being a soccer and lacrosse player at UC?

I love being able to play the sports that I love while representing my school.  I also love being able to form friendships and build trust with the girls on the team.  There’s nothing quite like the bond between teammates.  

Favorite class and teacher at UC?

My favorite class at UC was probably AP Art History with Mrs. Schroppe.  My favorite teacher was probably Madame Ciringione, who I had for all four years.

Favorite UC soccer memory? 

One day, when we were still in pre-season, we had two loose and adorable dogs trapped on the field while we practiced. I was in heaven.

Favorite UC lacrosse memory? 

Going to get something to eat with the team before a game or practice. I loved being able to talk and laugh with them!

Favorite non soccer/lacrosse UC memory? 

Coming back into school for the first time. I was fully virtual my junior year, but returned for the last two weeks of school because I got vaccinated. I have never been so happy to go to school before. 

Favorite UC Core Value and why? 

Compassion because I believe that everyone needs to spread more love in the world anyway we can.

One word to describe your UC experience?

Illuminating

Plans for the future? What college will you be attending?

I will attend the University of Dayton.

What made you choose Dayton, what do you plan to major in, and what type of career do you plan to pursue? 

I chose Dayton because of its welcoming atmosphere. I got into the Honors Program, and we have family that lives around there. I don’t know what I want to do when I grow up or even what I want to major in, but I plan to explore that in college. 

Where do you see yourself in 10 years
 
In 10 years, I see myself traveling the world and helping people as I do so. 
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