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GLANDORF — The arts have inspired Emily Schnipke. The Ottawa-Glandorf senior, an artist, dancer, and captain of the Titan Brass marching band color guard, said she enjoys the creative aspects of both visual and performing arts.“I like drawing and painting, and I really like music and the creative side of dance and color guard, but I also like all the friends I've made in band and dance,” she said.Emily said the Titan Brass heads to state competition in Columbus next week. “I'm not nervous. We've put in a lot of work,” she said, “and this year, I've been focusing on trying to form strong bonds within the group, so we're all friends.”Precision is key for the color guard, Emily said.“Mistakes are very visible in flag routines, and for competitions, it has to be precise, and there's theater to it, too, with facial expressions, so it takes a lot of practice, but I really enjoy it,” she said.Emily said she especially enjoys coming up with routines.“I come up with routines for the fair show and random songs for football games. I consider it like an art, like dance. They go hand in hand,” she said.Emily has taken dance classes at the Dance Center in Ottawa for 10 years. She has studied tap, jazz, and ballet. “Tap is my favorite,” she said. “It's mostly all footwork. It's more easygoing and relaxed than jazz or ballet, but it has to be well-coordinated, like with flags. You can really hear the difference in tap if you don't get every sound.”At Ottawa-Glandorf, Emily serves as an officer in the Art Club and has won a merit award at the Putnam County Art Show. She also is a member of the Key Club, plays clarinet in the concert band, and tutors at Glandorf Elementary School.With the Putnam County Adolescent Response Team for Youth, Emily volunteers as a member of the planning board.In addition, she works at McDonald's in Ottawa, serves Mass at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Glandorf, and serves on the youth boards at St. John and SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Ottawa.“I enjoy both youth groups,” she said. “They allow me to form friendships on a different level. Religion is important to my family. It's always been a huge part of our lives.”Schnipke said she plans on a career in marketing.“I'd like to go into advertising,” she said, “like design, but I think I'd also like coming up with slogans and campaigns. We did a project like that in Money Matters class, and that was a lot of fun.”

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