Eighth-grader ready to lead at OLMC
The eighth-grade student at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School was recently elected president of her school, an honor she has worked hard to achieve. Previously, she served as vice president and secretary.
“The kids in this school are so friendly and cooperative,” says the daughter of Wayne Marshall of Bristol, and Jody Benevides of Warren. “This is my ninth year at Mt. Carmel School and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.”
Soon to be 14 on Dec. 20, Emily is the classic example of a young, progressive student who has achieved much recognition during the brief time she has spent in and out of the classroom. She has led by example. Her classmates know it and her teachers applaud her efforts.
“Emily is a responsible young lady whom I have watched grow not only academically, but also emotionally,” said her teacher, Jessica Carlson. “She is a pleasure to have in class. She is very helpful and creative. She takes her time in completing her assignments as well as her projects.
Ms. Carlson continued, “Emily is very active in her school as well as outside of school. She is currently Student Council president at OLMC. She is a fine Catholic leader for our students. She is at every Mt. Carmel event and tries to get other students involved as well. I have known Emily for nine years. I hope that she accomplishes all her dreams. I will miss her when she leaves Mt. Carmel, however I know that she will do great in high school.”
And speaking of high school, Emily has her sights set directly on St. Mary Academy Bay View.
“I really hope I can go to Bay View next year,” she said with a smile. “I’ve visited there several times and love the atmosphere. It’s a great environment for me to meet new people, learn new things, and do great things. I really want to continue my Catholic education.”
Emily’s dad, says his daughter has been such a wonderful young girl to bring up.
“She’s a great kid,” Mr. Marshall said. “She has never given us any problems. She’s very well-liked and she really enjoys doing volunteer work.”
“Emily is a very kind girl and extremely dedicated in everything she does,” said her mother. “Wayne and I have been blessed. She’s an honor student, and very thoughtful and sweet. She always worries about others instead of herself.”
Over the years, Emily hasn’t been afraid to get involved in a number of community events and school activities. She has danced at Shannon’s School of Dance (2003-2004) in Bristol, and performed at Extensions School of Dance Studio (2006-2008). She also was a cheerleader for the Bristol-Warren Mustangs.
In 2008, she began riding horseback at Windswept Farm, and in 2010 she started playing volleyball for her school team. Emily continued to take part in sports activities from 2007-2010, competing in gymnastics at East Bay Gymnastics. At the same time, she joined the Barrington Bayside YMCA and followed her true love…swimming.
“Swimming is my favorite sport,” she said, without hesitation. “I love this sport better than anything.” She now swims on the Kingfish certified junior USA swim team at Roger Williams University.
In addition, Emily has been a Girl Scout for five years, earning her Bronze Award. She is currently working on her Silver Award.
“Through Girl Scouts,” she said, “I’ve helped with several community service projects including cooking for the Ronald McDonald House and local community service groups.” She’s assisted in the cleanup of several beaches, and helped out younger and older people of the community.
“I love being involved with the community and children,” she said. “Last year, a girl with autism was enrolled in my school. This really had a big impact on my seventh-grade year because my teachers and principal personally asked me to be her guide and counselor for the year.”
At Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School, the only parochial school in Bristol serving students in grades Pre-K through eighth-grade, Emily has also participated in activities such as parties, dances, fundraisers and choral events.
“I have been in the school chorus since 2009 and sang in the church choir and also played piano,” she noted. “In fifth-grade, I joined the cross country team, which lead me to running many other races.”
Emily has also had a passion for theater. For the past two years, she’s been active at Footlights Rep in Swansea, and has acted in four plays. She recently auditioned for Willy Wonka Jr. and was cast in three separate roles.
Asked if she has to study hard to attain good grades in school, Emily responded in a positive tone. “Things come easy for me. They come naturally. I love the teachers at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. If you don’t do things right, they get on you. But, that’s a good thing.”
For the time being, Emily says she doesn’t have time for boyfriends. She enjoys watching movies like “Titanic” (her favorite), and has a passion for all types of food, especially Italian. She’s just a normal teenager who has created a perfect balance between education and community and social awareness.
“I’m going to miss Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School when I leave here next spring,” she said. “But, I’m looking forward to the challenges ahead. Someday I’d like to be a nurse. That’s my goal.” Add to favorites