Senior gets involved in school community as class president.
Ever since middle school, senior Emily Nesbit dreamed of being president of her class. Her junior year, her dream became a reality. Now a senior at Martinsville High School, she will be in charge of a class of approximately 400 students. A self-proclaimed people pleaser, Nesbit prides herself on her efforts to bring happiness and satisfaction to the student body.
“Sometimes it can be a lot of pressure because I worry about what my peers will think of my ideas, but everyone is really reassuring and supportive,” Nesbit said. “It helps to remind myself whenever I am making any major decisions that it is not the end of the world and nothing is permanent.”
Prom and graduation are some of the biggest events within Nesbit’s jurisdiction.
“These are major points in someone’s high school career,” Nesbit said. “I want to make them as fun and memorable as possible. It can be very stressful figuring out all of the details.”
Nesbit was involved in many extracurriculars outside of student government, including DECA, National Honor Society, Student Council and Riley Dance Marathon. She believes that her experiences in these clubs enhanced her abilities when it came to being a capable class president.
“DECA has definitely helped to improve my speaking skills and has made me more comfortable talking in front of other people,” Nesbit said. “I also feel like National Honor Society has helped me to learn the importance of being an effective leader.”
Nesbit felt grateful for the lack of resistance regarding the opportunities and flexibility given to her by the school administration..
“I have not had any conflicts,” Nesbit said. “The class officers are generally granted a lot of freedom and then we have a lot of support from the faculty as well.”
Despite the stress that can inevitably come from the position, Nesbit still finds it to be a fulfilling experience.
“Being class president is something I have wanted to do since I was younger,” Nesbit said. “It’s incredible to see my classmates enjoying events that I played such a large role in.”
Story by Jennifer Turock.