According to guidance counselor Michelle Berry, Short was totally shocked to be nominated as Harvester’s Stellar Student.
“She sees her accomplishments as a standard,” said Berry. “Everything she does is for the glory of God. When you compliment her, she is surprised because she thinks it is the norm —that it not a big deal.”
“She is a hard worker, and a neat kid.”
Berry added, “Emily is dependable, with an ever-present positive attitude — always willing to engage. She is full of energy and is always willing to do that job that no one is willing to do.”
A resident of Villa Rica, Short is the daughter of Mark and Becky Short and has an older brother, Brian, 23. The family attends Villa Rica First United Methodist Church and is involved in the youth program and church missions.
Short has been involved in her church’s River of Life summer mission program — which helps rebuild houses — for the past five years and volunteers with the Murphy-Harpst Children’s Home in Cedartown and Loving Hands Ministry.
In addition to her active church life, Short maintains a 3.5 GPA at Harvester, where she has been a student for the past four years.
She is active in both Key Club, where she serves as editor, and as Beta Club secretary.
Though that might not leave time for anything else, Short also excels in volleyball, having played junior varsity for one year and varsity for two.
She plans to play volleyball at her school next year as a senior.
Short’s favorite pastime is reading, and as expected, her favorite subjects in school are literature and writing.
She cites having parents who read to her as a young child, and growing up with poetry and nursery rhymes, as developing her love of reading.
“I am a curious person,” said Short, “which is why I enjoy reading so much. You totally dive into the stories and the characters. It helps you get wiser and get a new perspective on things.
“Knowledge is fun.”
She describes herself as a “fangirl” but not in a bad way.
“I am a fan of a lot of stuff,” she admits, “Harry Potter, my friends.”
She has been a fan for about two years of Michigan theater troupe, Team Starkid, that puts on shows and parodies.
The high school junior hasn’t decided where she wants to go to college, although she has some interest in Berry College.
“My thoughts about after college are maybe something in literature, writing or theology,” Short said.
She added, “I’m trying not to map out my life right now, because I do not know what God has planned for me.”