2017 Best & Brightest finalist: Emma Claire Merry

Augusta Christian Schools

Emma Claire Merry is among the 20 finalists for The Augusta Chronicle’s 2017 Best & Brightest award. MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF

School activities: Varsity cheerleading 2011-13 (captain 2016-17); Beta Club; Swing Dancing Club, students council vice president 2010-13; Junior Varsity volleyball 2014.


Awards and honors: Valedictorian; All-A Honor Roll 2014-17; Distinguished Christian High School Student Award for Academics and Leadership 2014-17; highest GPA 2014-17 in math, science, history, English, Bible, Spanish, health care, speech, computer; Christian Character Award 2014, 2017; Georgia Certificate of Merit 2016; Varsity cheerleading Best All Around 2013-14.

College/career: Will attend Georgia Southern University to study biology

Of note: Emma Claire took a health care sciences class, which allowed her to become a Certified Nursing Assistant and do clinical rotations at Doctor’s Hospital and Brandon Wilde Nursing Home.

From her essay: “Walking in the double red doors at the entrance of Augusta Christian for my final first day of high school was bittersweet. I am one of six students who has attended Augusta Christian for 12 or more consecutive years. This school is my second home, and the students feel like my brothers and sisters.”

Community activities: Social Inc. lead cotillion member and instructor; mission trips to Boston with Warren Baptist Church and San Francisco with Augusta Christian Church; Warren Baptist vacation Bible school volunteer 2013-15; Kingdom Project 2013, 2015.

Nominator’s note: “Whether she is leading her teammates on the cheer squad or serving at her church, Emma Claire seizes every opportunity to provide leadership and motivation to those around her.” — Sarah White, mathematics teacher, Augusta Christian Schools.