Rock Bridge senior hopes to turn yearbook experience into career

By documenting the school year at Rock Bridge High School, Emma Hake found her possible career path.

Rock Bridge yearbooks were distributed to students and parents, with Emma as editor.

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“That’s really good,” Emma said. “I’m also the design editor. My job was to make sure everything was perfect in the book. I also did the cover.”

The cover features an overview of the school building, she said.

“Since sophomore year I’ve been doing the yearbook,” she said.

She heard about the yearbook’s first year and was interested, she said.

“I really like it,” Emma said of the yearbook.

She is a small group leader at her church, The Crossing. She also interned there during the summer.

She is secretary of Tri Theta, a senior girls club, and treasurer of Key Club, a student service club.

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Club members picked up litter around the school, rang Salvation Army bells during holidays and also ran a winter campaign for the Salvation Army, she said.

She competed in the Columbia Youth Basketball league.

Her time at Rock Bridge and most of her teachers have been good, she says.

“The freedom we get is pretty good,” Emma said.

She plans to attend Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, where she will study marketing and graphic design.

“I want to design advertisements, billboards,” she said. “Things like that would be really fun for me.”

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Her experience on the yearbook influenced the decision, she said.

Rock Bridge seniors graduate on May 21. Emma has completed her final.

“I can’t wait to graduate,” Emma said. “I’m excited to do this.”

CoMo Rising Stars is a Tribune series featuring high school students named by Columbia’s principal before graduation. The series highlights students with a particular talent, achievement, or passion for helping others.

Roger McKinney is an education reporter for the Tribune. You can reach him at [email protected] or 573-815-1719. He’s on Twitter at @rmckinney9.

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