By Markus Weinzinger
Yet another student will be leaving Tri-City, but Emily Smith will not soon forget her times here.
For her, Tri-City has provided support in more ways than one. Though she typically starts her
day with little enthusiasm for getting up, her personality remains bright. She shares support for
various charities in the community, and even considers her greatest achievement as “not
going completely nuts from stress.” As Emily moves on beyond high school and out into the
world, she leaves simple advice to incoming freshmen. We will miss you, Emily!
Q: How has Tri-City been supportive?
A: It provided me with a community of people who panic about the same assignments, worry
about their future just as much, and study as much as I do! Essentially, we can all go a little crazy
Q: What starts your day off?
A: Waking up, pressing the snooze button at least 4 times, and then dragging myself to the
kitchen to get breakfast.
Q: Cat or dog person?
Q: Where would you go for an adventure?
A: I’d love to visit Greece – my mom went there in high school and she still talks about it. It
seems very relaxing.
Q: Who or what is your favorite cartoon character?
A: Tom from Tom and Jerry.
Q: What do you look forward to most on school breaks?
A: Sleeping in until 12:30 every morning….
Q: If you could be a character in any book or movie, who would you be and what would you do?
A: This is a typical nerdy answer, but I’d be someone in the Harry Potter series and go to
Hogwarts. I’ve been obsessed with those books since I was little.
Q: What charity do you support and why?
A: I support quite a few charities, but I think the biggest would be my church, the Heights,
because of all the good work it does in our community and beyond.
Q: If you wanted to play a certain instrument, what would it be?
A: I play cello, and I’m currently learning to play violin (badly), but I REALLY wish I could
sing. I’m just awful.
Q: What has been your greatest achievement so far?
A: Becoming National Merit Scholar/not going completely nuts from stress.
Q: After these years at Tri-City, what advice would you give to your freshman self?
A: I would tell myself to calm down, because not everything is such a big deal. Don’t be such a
Q: What advice would you leave to other students?
A: Figure out where you want to go to college and aim for that. Don’t be stuck choosing between
a bunch of options in the middle of April like me.