Emily Hayes, 18, is a graduating senior at Fenton High School. She has been a singer with the Fenton Ambassadors for the last four years and said she has loved every second of it. She said it is rare to have the opportunity to be in Ambassadors for four years. She also is a four-year Maestro Award winner for her excellent solo singing performance. She is the only student in the 40 years of Ambassadors to receive this honor four years in a row.
What are your plans after graduating?
My plan after graduating FHS is to attend Oakland University where I will be studying to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. I also plan to further my education by obtaining a Masters in Nursing. My ‘end goal’ is to become a nurse practitioner.
What has been the highlight of your 12 years in school?
The highlight of my last 12 years of school have definitely been performing in numerous ensembles at the high school. I have been a four-year Ambassador, I am drum major of the Fenton marching band, I have been the vocalist with the Jazz Orchestra for the last three years, and I was in drama for three years. Performing, specifically vocally, means everything to me. It has taught me a great deal about myself and my strengths and weaknesses. For that, I am forever grateful.
Who has been the most influential person in your life?
There are a few people that have been the most influential in my life. Of course, my mom and my sister have influenced me a great deal; they have molded me into who I am today and have supported me in all of my endeavors. My mom is always there for me and has set a beautiful example of the kind of person I want to be. My sister is my biggest inspiration; she has taught me to reach for my dreams no matter what. I may be the older sister, but I definitely look up to her. However, in regards to which high school teacher that has influenced me most, I would have to say Mr. Brad Wright, the director of vocal music at both FHS and AGS. Because my mother was the band teacher, I have known Mr. Wright my entire life. He has been an extremely large part of my life the last five years, due to my participation in both the middle school and high school choir programs. Mr. Wright has pushed me to be the best version of myself, both musically and as a person. He has, in many ways, been a father figure in my life. My dad passed away when I was 13, and Mr. Wright has been a person I have looked to for advice and guidance throughout high school. I was on homecoming court last September and I asked Mr. Wright if he would escort me along with my mom. I am very close friends with his family, especially his daughter Adeline, who is in Ambassadors with me, and I am a better person because of our friendship.
If you could meet one person, living or deceased, who would it be?
I would want to meet Barack Obama. This may seem a bit controversial politically, but putting all politics aside, I truly admire President Obama’s ability to speak in front of a crowd. He has an effortless way with words and is an excellent orator.
If you could go back 50 years in time or go 50 years into the future, which would it be?
I would go 50 years into the future. I feel that as a society we have come leaps and bounds in the last 50 years, both ethically and technologically. Because of this, I would be really interested in seeing what the next 50 years of our country holds. Would we have made even more progress or would we have taken a few steps backwards?
What is one thing you could never live without?
One thing that I could never live without would be music. Music defines every part of my life; every car ride I take, every movie I see, music is the center of it. In my opinion, music is the epitome of self expression. You can convey so many messages through music, to not have music in my life is inconceivable.
Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
Ten years from now, I will be 28 years old. I would hope that by the time I am 28 I have finished all of my schooling and am established in my field. Family is extremely important to me and I hope that I am married and thinking about starting a family. I hope that whatever I am doing, nursing or not, that I am passionate about it. A high school student cannot be expected to know exactly what they want to do with their life, and that is okay. However, I hope that I am doing something that I want to wake up and do every single day.