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."
"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."
"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."