Emma Harper, 17, is a senior at Fenton High School. She plans to attend Mott Community College after graduation and study to become a dental hygienist.
What is the best thing about your family and friends?
The best thing about my family is the support and love they always give me. The person I most admire is my good friend Teasha Kurmas. I couldn’t live without my family and friends because they mean so much to me.
What have you done or would you do to handle some things that bother you?
One thing I have done is let go of toxic friends and stopped giving in. Cancer is a problem. If I had $1,000 to donate, I would donate to cancer patients because the disease runs in our family and we need a cure to help more people.
How long should parents be expected to pay for and house their children?
I think children should leave home and/or be expected to be on their own financially by 21 years old. I’ve also been asked if young people, ages 18-22, should serve a two-year stint in our military to learn the value of the freedom we enjoy. My answer is ‘no’ because I think most young people have learned that lesson. The United States is a great place to live because of our freedom.
If you could ask your pet three questions, what would they be?
I would ask ‘what is it like to be a dog?’ ‘Do you like me?’ ‘And what’s it like walking on four legs all the time?’ I love animals and nature, mostly the jungles and forests and animals.
If not in Michigan, where would you like to live? And if you had to give up your cell phone/internet for a weekend what would you do?
If I didn’t live in Michigan, I would live in Florida. And I would travel to Italy if I didn’t have my cell phone or internet for a weekend.
If you were President, what’s one thing you would change? Also, which historical figure do you admire most?
If I were the President, I would give more money to schools. I admire Susan B. Anthony the most because she helped get women the right to vote.
Would you live a week in the past or future, and if you could time travel, where would you go?
I would time-travel to the 1970s because of the unique style back then. I would rather live a week in the future to see where I am in life.
What do you remember most about your early and later school years?
In kindergarten, I remember chocolate milk, small bathrooms and blocks to build castles. Being a teenager today is harder because life is not as simple as it used to be.
What cartoon character describes you the best, and what superhero power would you like to have?
Princess Bubblegum is the cartoon character that best describes me. As far as a superhero power, I would like to read minds.
What are your food favorites?
If I were to open a store it would be called ‘Cupcakes Made By Emma,’ and if I opened a restaurant it would feature Mexican food.
What do you look forward to when you wake up in the morning?