When it came to choosing a high school, Emma Hess could have gone anywhere. She decided to follow in her sister’s footsteps and attend OLMA. “I actually chose OLMA because it was all girls,” she said. “I know that might sound strange to an 8th grader who is looking at high schools, but it’s true. Academics are important to me and I didn’t want any distractions. Plus, OLMA has a family atmosphere that you don’t see other places. We are all extremely close and care about each other.”
Emma said the family feel extends to OLMA’s sports teams. “I play midfield on the soccer team and we are all so open,” she said. ” We’ve all made goals this season, so our team has a great sense of equality. We are teammates and want to see each other do well.” OLMA Soccer is doing that and then some this season as they just clinched the CAL’s United Division Championship.
In addition to sports and her studies, Emma is also involved in service. “I was in Interact last year and will be joining the club again in January once Driver’s Ed is finished,” she said. “I really enjoy it.” As a freshman, Emma spent her Mini-Mester week at St. John of God working with disabled teenagers. “I was so afraid at first and worried that they wouldn’t like me,” said Emma. “I was worried for no reason because the kids were so sweet and caring and loved having us there. They never let their disabilities keep them from being happy.”
This year, Emma is excited to travel to New Orleans for her Mini-Mester. “I can’t wait to learn about the history and visit such an interesting place,” she said. “I’m also looking forward to the Powder Puff game next month, as well as everything else that’s coming up this year.”
Looking ahead, Emma’s love for all things sports is steering her toward a career in Physical Therapy. “I am really into sports, which has made me very attune to my body and the stress it’s under when I’m playing,” she said. “I want to help people with injuries, especially those related to sports, to get better and back to doing what they love.”
Sounds like a plan, Emma. In the meantime, enjoy sophomore year!