2021 Scholarship Winner
Emma Grace Jacob

                       

Age: 17

Grade: 12

State: New Jersey

Member MHS since: 2021

Describe why you enjoy math:  I enjoy math because I am gifted in this area.  I like to work through a long problem, get the correct answer at the end, and see how each step fits together and simpler concepts build upon each other to created more complex concepts. 

Describe how you anticipate using math in your future:

  I am majoring in middle education, grades 4-8, with concentrations in math and history.  I anticipate opportunities tutor and mentor younger students in math during my college years.

I have been involved in my community through the following service projects: I have been part of American Heritage Girls NJ0001 since second grade.  This group is all about faith, service, and fun.  I have had many opportunities to serve my community and beyond.  I enjoy serving in my troop, in my church, in impoverished areas, in choir, Child Evangelism Fellowship, Samaritan’s Purse, in my homeschool co-op, and I am looking forward to my first overseas mission trip to Haiti in July.

My favorite project was: being trained as a leader with Child Evangelism Fellowship, for the following reason:

I was able to be trained for a week and take all of my acquired knowledge, experience, and wisdom out into the local communities by sharing the Gospel with children, showing them the love of Christ, and being a positive influence on children who, in many cases, were lacking in that area.

I have set the following goals for myself for the next:

  • 1 year:  Successfully completing my first year in college, finding a new church community near my college to serve in, and possibly serving as a short-term missionary over the summer.

  • 5 years: Successfully completing my first year of teaching math and history to middle school aged students.

 

Greatest inspiration:  My parents have always supported me and encouraged me to try new things.  Some of these things include teaching in my co-op, taking AP calculus, and physics, becoming an entrepreneur last summer by starting my own summer camp when all the local ones were closed, and reminding me of the importance of continually serving others. 

My favorite subject in school has been:  Spanish and Calculus were equally challenging and rewarding.

My favorite extra-curricular activity has been:  Volleyball.  It allowed me to stay physically fit, work with my teammates toward success, develop my skills over 5 years, and develop and utilize my leadership skills. 

The most challenging thing I have ever experienced is: Accepting that everything in my life was cancelled last spring, due to COVID.  The worst being the planned mission trip to Haiti.  I am very thankful that the trip is going to occur soon.

My greatest accomplishment to date has been:  Completing high school with all A’s while taking challenging  courses and maintaining a well balanced life of extra- curricular activities, many hours of service, and time with my family and friends.