May 2015 Student Spotlight - Emma Sawyer, Burwell High School

Emma Sawyer is always willing to “go the extra mile” in order to get the fullest experience from any activity she is a part of. This has translated into Emma being successful in a wide range of artistic endeavors and makes her Nebraskans for the Arts’ May Student Spotlight winner.  

Emma, a senior at Burwell High School, has participated in a wide variety of arts; including theater, music, dance, and visual arts. Her list of accomplishments include:

  • Two time National Forensic League All American

  • 2015 Nebraska Poetry Out Loud State Runner-up

  • 2014 Nebraska State Poetry Out Loud State Finalist

  • All State Chorus

  • Many different honor bands and choirs

  • Burwell High School Drum Major

  • Burwell Dance Team member

  • Church Chorus Member

  • NSAA Speech District Finalist for three years

To Emma the fine arts are an everyday part of her life. "The fine arts fully influences all I do. By reading and performing poems, a contest speech selection, or performing musical solos I feel as if I am sharing a piece of me with others,” says Emma.

“The best word that I can think of in relations to Emma is devotion,” said her nominator, Burwell High School teacher Candace Cain. “Emma is willing to volunteer and others frequently ask her to join their cause because she produces and has fun while doing so. I have seen this proven in our school’s spring play production and Emma being selected as a delegate to Cornhusker Girls State.”

Besides being effective in presenting speeches, Emma is also talented in writing speeches. She is a four year letter winner on the Burwell High School speech team.

“Being in the fine arts have helped to give me a voice and a level of confidence that I know will help me in the future," states Emma.