"Emma is really to herself. She is cool, calm and collected. You can't rattle her. She gets after it every single day. She isn't going to yell and scream, but people follow her because she leads by her work ethic." - Head Volleyball Coach Sara Beth Upchurch
I'm not sure there's a better description of this week's athlete of the week, Emma Stewart. The senior captain for the volleyball team is one of the reasons North Lamar has vaulted into the top 20 rankings in the state of Texas for 4A volleyball.
"The game itself is so much fun to me. I've played it for so long and my teammates make it that much better," Stewart said concerning volleyball.
Stewart is playing for her third coach in as many years at North Lamar. She said the rode hasn't been easy but she's glad where they are right now.
"She is awesome. She has brought so much to North Lamar in the short time that she has been here," she says about new volleyball coach Sara Beth Upchurch. "She has a true passion for coaching and makes me want to play so hard for her."
The practices are intense at North Lamar according the senior. Upchurch pushes the team but she's also made a connection, which is something that earned the players respect right away.
"Our practices are difficult and she does push us a lot," Stewart continues. "But I think for a team to play well together they have to form friendships first. This team has a bond that I’ve never had with any other team before."
Emma is also a member of the varsity basketball team at North Lamar. Her favorite subject is science. Although, she says that with a little reluctancy. When she's not playing sports, she loves to chill with the family or hang out with her friends. She also loves going to the lake. Stewart is a gym rat and can often be seen working out in the gym training her mom.
After graduation, Stewart is planning on studying Occupational Therapy, although she's not sure which school she will attend. Here are a few more things about Emma:
What is your favorite:
Food - Chicken
Restaurant - Olive Garden
Song - Yes Indeed
Band/singer - No Preference
Color - Blue
TV show - One Tree Hill
Movie - The Greatest Showman
Book - The Summer I turned Pretty
If you could go one place on earth where would it be? Italy
If you can have dinner with one person dead or alive, who is it? Jesus
If you could go back in time and witness one event live and in person what event is it? No Preference