School: Dominican Academy
Platform: Make-A-Wish Foundation
Emily Ertz is a fourteen-year-old who resides in Oceanside, New York with her mother and father. She is a straight A Freshman enrolled in one of New York’s top ten all girls high schools where she takes all honor courses. In May 2016, Emily earned the President’s Academic Excellence Award, MIT Technologies of Science and Math Award, and New York State Comptroller Achievement Award for hard work, dedication, and success. In July 2016, Emily received the gold Presidential Volunteer Service Award. She is quite active within her school and community. Emily is a Student Ambassador, member of Girls Who Code, Glee Club, Regis Repertory, Varsity swim team, and Campus Ministry.
For the past six years, Emily has been a member of the school chorus, marching band, sodality club, and Math Olympiads. She has participated in the New York State Schools Music Association Festival where she played the tenor saxophone and has received outstanding and gold medals for the past five years. As a result of her achievements at the New York State Music Festivals, she was accepted into The Nassau County All County Music Festival where she is joined by other members who had the highest scores in the county. Emily has been a member of the Long Island Catholic School Honor Band for the past five years and a member of the Long Island Wind Ensemble for the past three years. Emily’s love of writing has earned her numerous awards. She is a two time essay contest winner of the Lynbrook Restorative essay contest and a poetry finalist at the Diocese of Rockville Centre Respect For Life. She is a competitive figure and synchronized skater and has competed locally and internationally.
In 2013 and 2014, Emily participated in the figure skating portion of the Empire State Winter Games. Emily has been dancing since she was three, on a competitive dance team for five years, and on a competitive swim team for the past eight years. Emily participates at a local senior center where she assists with recreational activities, teaches seniors how to utilize technology at the local library, and volunteers at Kids’ Kloset where she prepares bags of outfits for underprivileged youth. In February 2015, Emily was in a near fatal ski accident that resulted in serious injuries and surgeries and was granted her wish by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Realizing the importance a wish plays in restoring hope, strength, and joy, Emily’s platform is the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Emily got involved with the Miss America Outstanding Teen Program because she wants to strive to be a role model for other teens. Also, she wants to encourage teens who are going through some difficult times to never give up and to embrace each day with hope and enthusiasm. Most of all, Emily would utilize a title within this organization to promote her platform, Make-A-Wish Foundation. She wants to inform others about the importance a wish makes in the lives of the children whose wishes are being granted and their families. Furthermore, she would like to encourage others to become involved with the Miss America’s platform, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. As a teen who has spent much time in a hospital, Emily would like to encourage others to volunteer and fundraise so that other children who are in the hospital can receive the same care. Emily is a very intelligent, determined, and caring person. She lives life to the fullest and welcomes each day as an opportunity to change the world.