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A Step Above: Emily Wattles

Palo Verde High School
Class of 2014
G.P.A.: 3.9

Sense of self is a powerful thing, and not easily achieved. For Emily Wattles, knowing yourself is the most important key to finding happiness and success, two things she is seeing a lot of as a senior at Palo Verde High School. The Senior Class President, athlete and engaged citizen knows exactly where she’s headed, and how she’s going to get there while still holding on to balance, relationships and health in her life. Her uncanny ability to take the best out of every situation and her appreciation for the life and world around her is undoubtedly contagious and places her – A Step Above. 

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Sports/Clubs/Community Service

  • Varsity Cheer, 2012-Present
  • JV Cheer, 2011-2012
  • Swim Team, 2011
  • Volleyball, 2010
  • Dance, 2010-2012
  • Student Council 2010-Present; Senior Class President, 2013-Present; Representative, 2012-2013
  • NASC Representative, 2013
  • Forensics, 2012
  • Pep Club, 2013-2014
  • CTR Club, 2013-2014
  • International Club, 2012
  • FBLA, 2010-2011
  • Running Club, 2010-2011
  • Lunch sacks for the Ronald McDonald House, 2014
  • Summer Camp Counselor, 2013
  • JDRF Walk & Rhetts Walk, 2013
  • Opportunity Village Volunteer 


  • UCA West Coast Championship, 2014
  • USA Nevada Open, 2012 & 2014
  • Best Attitude Varsity Cheer, 2014
  • National Young Leader Nomination, 2014
  • Most Dependable Varsity Cheer, 2013
  • Student Council Award, 2013
  • JDRF Golden Sneaker Award
  • Young Woman Recognition Award, 2013

A career in health and fitness is your ultimate goal? “My goal right now is to graduate high school with an honors diploma. Being Senior Class President, I would like this last year of high school to be a success knowing that I tried my best.  I will be attending BYU in the fall and I plan to serve an LDS mission. After serving a mission I plan to graduate college and work in the area of health and fitness. Fitness is important to me and I hope to share that knowledge and love with others.”

What are your keys to success? “I think what makes a person successful is when they follow their dreams and go after what they want. I have done things in my life that I wasn’t sure I could do but I didn’t let that stop me from trying. When I ran for Senior Class President, I wasn’t sure if I could take on the added responsibilities to my already busy schedule but it has turned out to be a positive experience and has shown me that I can do hard things. You just have to want it.”

Is there a certain experience that has made you a stronger person? “One time I was on a very strenuous hike with a friend. We hiked for quite sometime until we finally reached the top. We sat down, enjoyed the scenery and returned to the bottom. Once we reached the bottom I realized that I left my car keys at the very top of the mountain. I was devastated. After thinking long and hard on what I should do, I decided to re-hike the mountain and get my keys. Because of this experience, I learned that it is so important to be aware of your responsibilities and actions in life. A seemingly simple mistake is not always easy to fix.”

Favorite Quote to Live By: “Don’t be scared to walk alone. Don’t be scared to like it.” -John Mayer

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