Knox Middle Schooler, Emma Gillard, recently received the Youth Power and Hope Award for the State of Indiana. The Youth Power and Hope award is an award designed to recognize Hoosier Middle School students who give back to their communities.
Gillard was one of five students from across the state that traveled to Indianapolis to be honored. As a recipient of the award, Gillard also took part in the Power of Change Youth Symposium at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum. This symposium collected youth leaders from all over the country into one room where they dialogued about today’s issues, and what they could do to better them.
Gillard is a sixth grader at Knox Middle School in Knox, Indiana. She is the daughter of James and Sarah Gillard. Gillard is extremely community minded, with 4-H, Robotics club, the school newspaper, and church functions leading the list of her several involvements.
Emma spent Christmas at the local nursing homes and hospital, passing out homemade cards, stuffed animals, and visiting with the residents. She also volunteers her time cleaning up properties around Starke County, including the Koontz Lake Park, the San Pierre Park, and the Dault Property, which is used by the 4-H Shooting Sports club for events.
Gillard led the Starke County 4-H pop tab drive, helping to collect over 100 pounds of pop tabs to donate to the Children’s Hospital. She also has collected 450 pounds of plastic lids for her school’s drive to build benches.
Emma is the current president of her 4-H club, 4-Ever in Blue Jeans, and enjoys the many projects she works on throughout the year, with her favorites being Electric and Pocket Pals.
Emma hopes to graduate from Purdue with a degree in Electrical Engineering.