SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Emily Spencer, Poplar Bluff
Poplar Bluff High School
SPORTS: Volleyball (4 years), soccer (3).
PARENTS: Christina and Frank Spencer
SIBLINGS: Taylor and Hannah Spencer
PETS: Meka (Chocolate Lab) and Piper (Black Lab)
PLANS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL: I plan to attend Southeast Missouri State University to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.
WHAT DO YOU MISS ABOUT SCHOOL: I miss seeing my friends every day, and I miss attending academic team practice every day at lunch.
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED ABOUT YOURSELF THIS SENIOR YEAR: I learned that I have the ability to be a leader. During soccer practices, my teammates looked up to me and viewed me as a leader.
WHAT WAS YOUR BEST SPORTS MEMORY: My favorite memory was my first career goal. I am a defender, so I do not go up and score. It was the first game of my sophomore year. We were playing against West Plains, and we were up by five or six goals. I figured I should just make a run and take a shot. We play on a football field, and I was at the 40-yard line. I ran up to the 25 and looked up at the goal. I took a shot, and it bounced off the goalie’s hand and went in. I felt great, and everyone on my team ran up and hugged me, even our goalie. It was the only time that game that everyone huddled up and celebrated a goal.
IS THERE A SPORT YOU WANT TO TRY: I want to try table tennis because my uncle and his family have table tennis at their house, and I am not too bad.
ANY OTHER ACTIVITIES, HOBBIES: I am involved with Academic Team, Math Club, Beta Club, and National Honor Society.
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PICK ONE — PLAY YOUR SPORT ONE LAST TIME, ATTEND PROM OR HAVE A GRADUATION CEREMONY: Play soccer one more time. I went to prom last year, and getting all dressed up is not my favorite. Graduation is very long, and I will get college graduation. I want to play with my team just one last time because I know I will miss them.
ATHLETE: Megan Rapinoe
SPORTS TEAM: U.S. Women’s soccer
SCHOOL SUBJECT: Math
FOOD: Fettucine Alfredo
MUSIC: Twenty One Pilots
TV SHOW: Avatar: The Last Airbender
MOVIE: Guardians of the Galaxy
Editor’s note: This is part of a series honoring area high school seniors that did not get a spring sports season due to COVID-19 pandemic.