Youth Profile: Wapakoneta’s Horner looking forward to college

By Sam Shriver -

WAPAKONETA — Emma Horner, 18, recently graduated from Wapakoneta High School. She’s getting ready to attend Bowling Green State University in the fall.

While at Wapakoneta High School, she participated in a wide variety of activities.

“I was on the volleyball team, all four years. I was team captain of that the last year, and I was on the dive team for the past three years. Since I was in middle school, I’ve been involved in high school musicals, and I have done theater and National Honor Society this past year and Spanish club. I was vice president of the National Honor Society. This year, I was the president Spanish club,” Horner said.

Horner, along with her classmates, had to pivot to online learning once schools closed down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It was hard to get used to at first, online classes. I could get used to those, but it was hard not seeing my peers. The musical was canceled, so that was probably my hardest hit, but other than that, I think the teachers did a good job adapting and we did what we could,” Horner said.

Looking ahead to college, Horner is keeping an open mind.

“I’m definitely going to look into the health science field a lot. That’s where most of my ideas are focused. Ever since I was little, I’ve been obsessed with the human body. And I think that it would be a good fit for me. I’ve had ideas in radiology or respiratory therapy, just because those careers hold my interest, and I want to help people at the same time,” Horner said.

The experience she had at Wapakoneta High School will help her as she transitions to college.

“I think all of the staff members are always willing to reach out, and it’s just a very positive atmosphere. Students help each other out. There’s so many opportunities for students to get involved, and we’re all just really set up for success — every single one of us, so I just like the community that has been built within the school,” Horner said.

By Sam Shriver

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