Emma Evers has a simple request for the Thomas Jefferson High School student body.
Evers, 17, is a Carter Lake native and a current senior at T.J. She attended Carter Lake Elementary School and Wilson Middle School before becoming a Yellowjacket. With her senior year in front of her, Evers looked back and reflected on the past three years at T.J.
“It’s just crazy how fast it really went,” she said. “But now we’re here. Sixth grade feels like it wasn’t that long ago at all.”
Evers keeps busy outside the classroom, both athletically and organizationally. She runs track in the spring and cross country in the fall, and she’ll be competing at Iowa Western Community College this morning during the Abraham Lincoln cross country invite. She used to play soccer and softball, but concussions forced her out of contact sports.
Evers is a member of National Honor Society, serves on the student council and is a part of many of the school’s clubs. One of which is the school’s #BeeKind club, a Yellowjacket twist on the #BeKind movement that has made its way across the metro area. The club, consisting of about 30 students across all four grade levels, plans activities and promotes random acts of kindness between students to promote a more welcoming environment.
“We’re just trying to do the little things that can brighten someone’s day,” she said.
Like many students her age, she’s nervous and excited about the idea of leaving high school behind and starting a new chapter in her life. She hasn’t quite decided where she is going to college, but she has it narrowed down to Arizona State University, the University of Iowa and maybe a couple of other schools.
“I’m excited for what’s to come.”