By Sheri Duff
Emma Griesser is a diplomat on and off the field. “Not only is Emma an exceptional leader in her role as a tri-captain of the varsity field hockey team, she takes her role seriously and is diplomatic and mature in her approach,” states Champlain Valley Union head field hockey coach Kate McDonald. “In addition, she is a strong player who made a positive impact on the field and worked hard each day to improve.”
Born on Feb. 29, 1996, Griesser has lived in Shelburne her entire life. Her family includes parents Courtney and Glenn and two younger brothers: Erich, a CVU sophomore, and Colin, a fifth grader at the Shelburne Community School.
“I played field hockey for the first time in sixth grade,” Griesser recalled. “A friend of mine convinced me to go to field hockey camp with her over the summer. Although I played soccer at the time, after the camp I realized I liked field hockey enough to make the switch.”
A two-year varsity field hockey player and senior captain, Griesser’s strengths were all about trust. “My teammates relied on me to be the liaison between the team and head coach. I think they were comfortable seeing me as a leader and trusted me to keep confidences while relaying their concerns to the coach. They developed a lot of trust in me over the season.” Coach McDonald added, “I’ll miss Emma’s consistency, her dependability, and her leadership as she moves on to the next chapter in her busy life.”
Talk about busy. Not only will Griesser be a two-year varsity lacrosse player this spring, she is also a member of National Honor Society, Athletic Leadership Council, Student Council, and Senior Class Council at CVU. She has been involved with the Princeton Model Congress throughout high school and for the past three summers has been gainfully employed at Splash, a downtown seasonal eatery. And that’s not all. Griesser is the current CVU Student Body President.
“One of my proudest moments is winning the presidential election at CVU last year,” Griesser said matter-of-factly. “Lucas Hilker was my running mate, and we were considered the underdog to win the election. I think that our speech captivated the senior class because we ended up winning. It’s definitely one of my greatest achievements to date.”
It appears that more achievements are on the horizon. With an interest in pursuing biochemistry or chemical engineering, Griesser will apply early decision to Brown University in Providence, R.I. “I loved the college and the city. It was really nice,” she said of her campus visit. “It’s my top choice.” Other colleges on her radar include Northeastern and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, but that need appears unlikely. Because Griesser, with her mature and diplomatic ways, will not only become a positive contributor to any college campus, she will most likely govern it.