Photography by Martin Harris, BritSnap
Emily Prim Large
Senior, St. James; 17 years old
• Captain of the Show Choir; musical theatre
• Peer Leader (freshman mentor program)
“Sometimes the best decisions won’t make you the most popular, but in the end, it’s worth it.”
Emily Prim’s life aspiration can be summed up in one phrase: “One day I hope to see the world and the world to see me.” These words from the musical theatre enthusiast couldn’t be more on target for what she dreams for her future. “I love to be on stage and perform in front of a crowd,” Emily said. But the theatre isn’t the only place Emily has people looking up at her. The faculty at St. James recently selected her as Peer Leader over a group of freshman girls. Every Tuesday and Thursday, the group meets to discuss issues that freshman girls face. “We build a bond with these girls and discuss relevant topics like peer pressure, loving the body you’re in and being confident in yourself,” Emily said.
Emily’s role as a mentor doesn’t end at school. “My sister is nineand- a-half years younger than me, and she watches everything I do. I try to model my life to be a good influence on her,” she said.
PG (parental guidance) rating
“Whenever I need advice or just need to talk, my parents always say exactly what I need to hear. Every day when I leave the house, my dad tells me, ‘Have a good day and make it a good day for somebody else.’ I’ve really thought about it this year. You never know what a little thing can do in someone’s life.”
If you ask Barry and Jeana Prim what they’re most proud of in Emily, the answer would be lengthy. However, her recent selection as peer group leader ranks at the top. “Her being chosen means they see what we see every day—a natural leader with a kind heart and witty personality that people enjoy being around!” Jeana says they’ve always challenged Emily to give her best effort, regardless of the results, and that she controls a key component for success — her attitude.
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“How you mentor and challenge your children will be unique to the gifts they’ve been given and the ways they best learn. It won’t be easy, but the best things never are! It will include making many mistakes along the way as all of you explore those gifts, but if they are made with the best intentions and everyone can learn to say, ‘I’m sorry,’ then even the mistakes can help us all grow.”