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Clear Spring senior shows many talents

February 16, 2007|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

CLEAR SPRING - She goes from class to rehearsal for a play. Then it's AP Calculus homework and piano practice.

Seventeen-year-old Emily Myers is multitalented.

The Clear Spring High School senior is involved in sports, music and student government, and is a member of the National Honor Society. Emily's extracurricular activities keep her so busy that she barely has time to squeeze in a conversation about her recent performance in front of about 500 people, including Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley.

Emily sang the national anthem Feb. 1 at the Maryland State Agricultural Dinner in Glen Burnie, Md.

While Emily has performed as part of a group before in front of comparable crowds, she said the group was the largest for which she has sung solo.

"I didn't think I could get my legs to stop shaking," Emily said. "Even when I was done, and I was walking back to my table, they were still shaking."

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Emily said she began to loosen up when she saw Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown singing along with her. She later met O'Malley.

"That just about made my night," she said.

As the end of her senior year approaches, Emily said she is looking forward to college, where she wants to major in engineering. She has been accepted to Washington College's pre-engineering program. The liberal arts college is in Chestertown, Md.

She is waiting to hear back from several other colleges.

Emily's first choice is Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa., where she would like to major in engineering, possibly specializing in chemical engineering. Advanced placement chemistry is one of her favorite courses at Clear Spring.

"I like everything about it," Emily said of engineering. "It's being able to create and explore new things."

When Emily isn't planning for college, she's busy singing in the All-State Women's Ensemble, show choir and a cappella choir. Emily also is a member of the jazz band, which will begin at the end of the month.

She is one of only a few students in the state selected for All Eastern Chorus, said Rob Hovermale, coordinator of music and fine arts for Washington County Public Schools.

"Only three students in Maryland were accepted for All Eastern," Emily said. "I just think it's so cool."

Emily said she started singing at a young age. Her piano teacher has told Emily that she remembers her coming to practice as a second-grader saying she could sing.

"I just like being able to sing," Emily said. "It's fun because if you can't sing, all you can do is talk, not carry a pitch."

Emily said she mostly sings classical music.

She also will be singing in her school's spring musical, "Into the Woods," and will be playing the role of Cinderella. She even is sewing her own costume and one for another performer.

The musical is scheduled for March 30 through April 1.

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