Emma Lindley, daughter of Trevor and Tiffanie Lindley, has been dancing since she was in third grade. She said, “Dance has been a part of my life for so long and I love it. I also have strived to excel in school, so this category is a mix of both aspects of my life.” The Sterling Scholar recognition requires not only category achievement, but also academic, leadership, and citizenship merit, which Lindley has certainly proved in her title as Morgan High School’s Dance Sterling Scholar.
At school, Lindley is involved in the FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) club, Hope Squad, seminary council, the National Honor Society presidency, and the yearbook staff. She has also been on the drill team for three years. Lindley loves reading (“I can’t choose one favorite book!’), swimming, travelling, and photography. Describing a favorite travel experience, Lindley said, “In Hawaii, I had opportunities to swim with dolphins, see lava flowing, and snorkel with manta rays.” Her sense of adventure and determination to accomplish anything she sets her mind to are valuable attributes.
When asked about any dance-related memories, Lindley responded, “All of the memories of good times, inside jokes, and laughs with my teammates.” It definitely takes some humor to deal with the stress of practices and performances, as well as the “improv interpretive dance” that is part of the Dance Sterling Scholar competition. Lindley explained that the judges can suggest anything, and the Scholars must make up a one-minute dance– with no music– that conveys that message. At the school competition, Lindley had to interpretative dance a thunderstorm, and at region, the feelings she associated with the Hope Squad.
While dance can be a hard activity to balance with schoolwork and other responsibilities, Lindley has demonstrated excellence in many aspects of high school. Her favorite quote is, “There are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going,” which again proves her willingness and determination to succeed.