ELK MOUND — The valedictorian of Elk Mound High School’s Class of 2018 is Emily Bartig.
Emily is the daughter of Steve and Sally Bartig of Elk Mound.
• Describe the most memorial event that happened while you were in high school.
This question definitely made me think! I believe that the most memorable event took place this weekend, April 20-21, when I traveled to Madison with my forensics team to participate in the State Forensics competition. Although it is extremely recent and not quite a long term memory yet, it was an experience worth remembering. During the long car ride, my group played the game in which you go around the circle and each person says one word, creating a story. We made some pretty strange and hilarious stories. Then our part of the competition only took around an hour, so we had plenty of time to spend time together exploring State Street. When we all got our scores back at the end, we cheered and celebrated everyone’s accomplishments. We were all so proud of each other. Even though it was a competition, it turned out to be a great, relaxing weekend with friends, and that made the experience even more enjoyable and memorable.
• What were your favorite high school classes?
Anatomy and Physiology: I took Anatomy and Physiology this year as a dual credit opportunity through CVTC [Chippewa Valley Technical College]. I really enjoyed it because it was so interesting to learn how the different parts of the human body work. The class was made up of a great group of people that I was familiar with and comfortable around, so we had a lot of fun studying the models and working together to learn and memorize structures and functions. The class was taught by Mrs. Simet, one of our science teachers, and she is so good at what she does and really cares about her students. I learned so much new information in one short semester. When all these factors came together, they created an engaging environment.
Child Development: I’m not sure if this is an opportunity at other schools, but we have a class called Child Development, and we walk to Mound View Elementary and assist in one of the classrooms during one block of the day. I love that I get to spend time in a completely different environment (compared to the high school) for a short period of time each day and I really enjoy working with kids to help them learn and have fun while learning. I have worked with four-year-old kindergarten, second grade, and fourth grade, and being able to see how much development in learning takes place over that short amount of time is amazing.
• Which activities were you involved in during high school? What was your favorite?
Throughout high school, I have been involved in volleyball, golf, band, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Student Council, National Honor Society, E-Club, and forensics. It is very hard for me to pick a favorite since I have enjoyed them all so much, but I am going to have to go with band. I have had the honor of being part of the Elk Mound band family since fifth grade, and I look forward to band every day. Mr. Murphy is the best band director anyone could ask for, and I love that he makes every rehearsal as exciting and enjoyable as possible.
• What are your plans after graduation?
This summer, I hope to find a job that allows me to work with people, preferably children, in order to gain more experience in working with and helping others. I also hope to find something that I enjoy, so that I can have some fun while making money for college. And I also hope to spend time with my friends before we go our separate ways at the end of August. We are all so excited for what the future holds, but most of us have been friends since the early elementary years, so it is going to be very odd and probably difficult not seeing each other every day next fall.
• Are you planning to attend college or technical school, and if so, where?
In the fall, I will be attending the University of Wisconsin — La Crosse to major in biology with a concentration in biomedical science on the pre-occupational therapy track. It’s a little bit of a mouthful! I hope to become a pediatric occupational therapist in the future. It took me a long time to finally decide on a major and career path, but in the end, I chose pre-OT because it combines many of my interests — biological, psychological, and social sciences, and interacting with and helping people.