Scholarship Finalist: Emily Fitzhugh

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Scholarship Finalist Emily Fitzhugh attends Clay Chalkville High School in Birmingham, Ala.

My Christian faith has impacted my high school career by allowing me the opportunity to lead worship in the First Priority club at my school, to share God with others, and learn to lean on Him when I need direction. The summer before junior year, I attended Motion Conference. God put it on my heart to either start or serve in a Christian organization at my school. I felt this enormous call to be a servant leader to my peers and help them to know God, but I wasn’t sure how. As I began to pray that God would bless me with leadership abilities and that people at my school would be saved, I didn’t know much about First Priority or that my AP U.S. History teacher would end up being the sponsor, but I knew that God was calling me to serve. Within weeks, my teacher announced that First Priority would meet weekly and if anyone would like to be involved, then they should speak to him. I knew this was what I had been praying for all summer! What I wasn’t fully confident about was how to serve, since I am not much of a public speaker. I stayed after class with the intention of asking him about First Priority and whether there were ways I could serve. Before I could ask, he asked me if I would like to take a leadership position and if I played any instruments or sang. I play guitar and I sing in the chamber choir, so I knew immediately that God was showing me how He wanted me to serve. My teacher asked if I needed to pray about it, but I told him that I had been praying about since the summer! Everything from that point showed that His hand was pointing the way. For the last two years, I have had opportunities to share my faith, be an example of Christ’s love and learn to pray and trust that God is in control and that He will make a way and open doors for every opportunity that is His will -whether it was deciding what college to attend or how to get through difficult situations. There is a saying that goes, “If there’s a will, then there’s a way,” but I think it should be: “If it’s His will, then He’ll make a way.”

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