Senior Emily Goben is well known at Webster for doing it all. “I always joke that the list of clubs I’m not in is shorter than the list of clubs I am in,” Goben said.
“I’ve been a cheerleader for the last four years (Varsity captain senior year, JV captain sophomore year). I’m co-president of Interact Club, which I joined in junior year. I’m also part of the student council, rock climbing club, French National Honor Society and National Honor Society. I’ve also interned with the alumni office and the Webster Groves School District Foundation.”
For as many clubs and activities as Goben has been a part of, she’s received almost as many recognitions.
“I’ve won two Top Hat Awards. I was the March senior of the month. I’ve won a Gold Renaissance Award every semester. Scholar Athlete Award every year. I won the Statesmen Award for cheer, which is awarded to the cheerleader who most emulates the values of a Statesmen,” Goben said.
Other braggable moments for Goben during high school have been having four stories published in the Webster Kirkwood Times and being able to cover the 2022 Show-Me Showdown (State basketball games) this year for the Webster Kirkwood Times, “which was a super cool opportunity, “ Goben said.
About which year was her favorite, Goben said, “Senior year has definitely been my favorite. I think I gained a new appreciation for high school after missing out on so much because of COVID. I think getting dances, Turkey Day, games and in-person school back has made it amazing, and I feel like I’ve really reconnected with most of my grade.”
Goben has kept herself busy during her time at Webster. “I’ve tried to take every opportunity I’ve been offered in high school, and I think that has made my experience what it has been. My life is very busy, but I honestly love it.”
Goben wants to offer her past self advice for how to handle high school, “You don’t have to make everyone happy all the time. Don’t sacrifice yourself trying to please other people. Do what makes you happy, prioritize yourself sometimes, and be genuine about who you are.”
Preparing to go to Mizzou come fall, Goben anticipates summer and free time. “I love reading, going to concerts, and hanging out with friends,” as well as working at The Block, which she’s done since sophomore year, doing everything from hosting to bussing to food running and now serving.
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