Emily Cassity | Young Hero Award from Alabama Public Television

Emily Cassity

Citronelle High School

Citronelle, Alabama

Emily Cassity is a senior at Citronelle High School in Citronelle, Alabama. She has maintained straight A’s in school since Kindergarten. Her current GPA is 4.66, and she is set to be in the top 5 of her class in terms of grades. A member of the National Honor Society, Emily also obtained her CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) license by the end of her junior year.

Emily is the secretary of the Student Council this year and also served on the council her junior year. Throughout high school, she has been a member of various clubs and organizations. Of which, she has been a member of First Priority campus ministries, which is a youth-led Christian ministry program in the school. Her junior year, she was a member of the Key Club and HOSA (Future Health Professionals). Emily has been a member of Citronelle’s Scholar’s Bowl and Hi-Q Academic teams throughout high school – and now serves as the captain of both teams. In her senior year, she is also participating in the newly formed Design (Graphic) Team and the Broadcast Team (Technical Producer).

Emily is active in community service. Through the City of Citronelle Events Committee, she has worked as a volunteer for the Spring Easter and Egg Hunt Festival and the Surrender the Oaks Festival. Through the school, she has done several volunteer service projects, such as serving lunch at the Homeless Shelter in Mobile. At her church, she is the volunteer Sound/Media Director, which involves recording the sermons for at least three weekly services. She maintains the sound equipment and serves as administrator of the church’s social media sites. In addition, Emily teaches Sunday School for the Pre-K -2nd Grade class and has participated with the church in the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child program.

Emily has dealt with her own share of difficulties. She was described as a “sickly child” in her younger years. At 17 months-old, she was in the hospital with what would be later diagnosed as Cyclic Vomiting, also known as Abdominal Migraines. This condition causes repeated bouts of vomiting until a person becomes dehydrated. These hospital stays continued until 4th grade. As she grew older, the issues modified into debilitating migraine headaches. Emily never lets these issues hold her back, though.

Emily has a younger brother with Down syndrome, and she is very protective of him. She told her parents at an early age that she knew she would be responsible for him when they are no longer around – and that he can live with her forever.

Despite her own health struggles, Emily is committed to her studies, her school, her community, and her family. Surely these are the traits of a young hero, and Alabama Public Television takes great pleasure in recognizing this outstanding young lady’s achievements.

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