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Emily Samp Commits to Aurora University for Cross Country/Track
Posted 01/29/2018 12:22PM

Congratulations to senior, Emily Samp, for her commitment to join Aurora University's cross country/track programs in the fall of 2018. Emily is looking very forward to her future as a Spartan!

In addition to her passion for cross country and track, a passion she's held since 7th grade, Emily is enthusiastic about many areas in school. She is a member of the Treble Makers (singing) group and represents Montini as a Student Ambassador. She participated in Montini's Kairos Retreat, and recently returned from her first March for Life event in Washington D.C. Emily is also an Honor Roll student who also achieved Academic All Conference status for Cross Country this past fall, a feat she feels is her most rewarding experience during her four years with the sport. "Being able to run my fastest time and come in the top 25 with two of my teammates was a huge highlight to my season!" And, finally, Emily was the first recipient of Montini Catholic's Jonathan Weiger "Johnny Always Wins" Memorial Scholarship presented by the Karl Weiger Family during her freshman year.

"My two favorite activities at Montini are definitely cross country and track," she admits. "My teammates have made these past four years so memorable. Everyday I look forward to going to practice because of the girls! It's so much more than just running. All of our practices and team activities have made our team very close."

Although she considered other colleges, including Elmhurst College, Benedictine and Dominican University, it was Aurora University that convinced her that this was the right place for her to pursue track/cross country as well as a degree in Business Administration and Communication. "The first time I walked on campus I knew in my heart that Aurora was the place for me," said Emily. "Everyone was so friendly and made me feel right at home. I like that it's a private university and not too far from home."

Her parents (Ed and Julie Samp) could not be more proud or happy with her decision. "My parents are proud of my accomplishments and are confident that my choice of Aurora University best fits my goals. They are very excited for me and are looking forward to me taking on collegiate academic and athletic challenges."

Emily also credits Montini for helping to prepare her for the rigors of college life as an athlete. "Montini has prepared me very well for college. I have learned to balance school andextracurriculars. Along with learning time management, I have learned to try my hardest in all that I do. Not everything at Montini comes easy and not everything will come easy in college. I have been pushed to accomplish many things at a high level which will help me tremendously in the future. Between my teachers and coaches I learned values that have turned into life lessons and I'm confident those will take me through college."

"Throughout these four years at Montini I have grown in my faith, as a person, and as an athlete. My teachers have challenged me to reach my full potential. I am blessed to have such supportive coaches. My coaches' influence goes far beyond running. They have have taught me to never give up, to be dedicated, and to be confident. I wouldn't be where I am today without them. My teammates are also always there for me and inspire me to do my best each day. Most of all I want to thank my parents for their constant love, support, and all the sacrifices they have made for me. I am truly grateful for all the people in my life who continually help me to reach my goals."

"This is a well-deserved honor for Emily, and we are all very proud to know her and I am honored to have had the privilege of being part of her transformation over the past four years at Montini on both the Cross Country and Track Teams," said Coach Gail Casey. "I watched her struggle to race as a freshmen to becoming someone to look out for as a true competitor. Emily's dedication to our sport and her drive to work as hard as she could was the formula for her success. Emily worked tirelessly over her time with us, and she always did whatever what was asked of her."

Coach Casey added, "Personally, Emily is one of the kindest people I know. She has a generous, giving spirit, and her Catholic faith is very important to her."

"I am looking forward to where this next chapter of my life will take me and am excited to compete at the college level," says Emily.

"The college decision process is a long and daunting one," said Athletic Director, Tom Lentine. "I am very proud of and congratulate Emily for committing to her decision. I know her family is very proud of her and I am confident that she will achieve great success at the Aurora University both athletically and academically."

Emily is from Bensenville and attended Blackhawk Middle School and is a member of St. Charles Borromeo Parish.

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