Emma Papariella of Woodland Hills High School

Congrats to Emma Papariella Woodland Hills High School. She is our latest recipient of the Mikey and Bob's Spectacular Super Special Stand Out Student Award presented by UPMC.

Emma was nominated by nominated Mr. Bob Ralston. The Transition Coordinator at Woodland Hills HS. See the submission letter below.

"Emma Papariella Woodland Hills High School 11th Grade 18 years old - Emma is an amazing student who inspires so many other people. Not only is she one of the top performing students academically as well as Vice President of the Student Council, she is also the student leader in community involvement. Emma is blind and does not allow that to stop her from achieving at a very high level. She is heavily involved in Envision, which helps blind athletes stay active. Emma also is a part of Young Lives which allows teen moms to attend meetings while Emma watches their babies for free. She is a part of the AIU Vision Program as a editor for their Outlook Magazine. Her list of school activities is extensive and includes stage and shop crew for the musical, International Studies Club, Green Leaf and the Interact Club which goes out into the community and complete projects. Emma is currently working on making cookies for the First Responders of the synagogue shooting in Squirrel Hill, PA. Another way she gives is by being a member of Jr. Achievement where she teachers elementary students about the importance of community involvement. Emma is a top student, community leader at such a young age and an advocate for people with disabilities both at her school and within her home community. I can think of no one more deserving than Emma for this wonderful recognition."