By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/18/09
As a Special Olympics volunteer for track and field events, Neshaminy senior Tristan Emig has learned to appreciate the gifts each of us possess.
“When you volunteer for Special Olympics they put you wherever they need you,” said Emig, the Phillylacrosse.com/Laxzilla Male Scholar-Athlete of the Week. “I have helped out in the long jump and the 100-meter dash. It’s really nice because the athletes love it more than you could ever imagine.
“Sometimes when we go out to practice and play our games, we take it for granted. When you see kids just love being there, it’s uplifting.”
Emig, a four-year starter on defense for the Redskins, has shown a passion for many activities in his career at Neshaminy. He is the Senior Class President and also served as President of his class as a sophomore.
Emig has played varsity soccer and basketball and is equally successful in the classroom. He sports a 4.15 GPA and takes AP or Honors classes in Psychology, English, Physics and Calculus. His career interests include engineering and architecture and he is considering Pittsburgh and Philadelphia University as his college choices.
On the field, Emig has been named to the All-Suburban One team three years, claiming first-team honors last season. He also has been a two-year captain.
Emig has enjoyed being class president and working with many students and school leaders to solve problems and build projects.
“Being Class President has given me the chance to meet people I wouldn’t meet in other circumstances,” he said. “It’s a good way to give back to the school.”
“It gets stressful at times, but I have good time management skills. Sometimes you have to stay after school to get the prom tickets and you still have practice. You have to get a lot of things done; it’s a good lesson to learn.”
Emig said the Redskins also are learning their lessons on the field. The team is 7-4 overall, but has struggled against the top teams in the Suburban One League. He is hoping they can knock off a top club and qualify for the first District 1 playoffs.
“We have to see where we want to go,” he said. “Where we are right now is not where we want to be. Hopefully by the end of the season we can compete with those types of teams and get to the playoffs.”