BOW — Bishop Brady High School senior Emma R. Bradley, the Francis Wayland Parker Scholar for September, said she is driven by her faith and a strong desire to improve herself and the world around her.
“My faith is a huge part of my life, and my relationship with God fuels and flows into everything I do,” said Bradley, 17, who has a 4.0 grade-point average.
Bradley was born in America but lived in Italy and Switzerland before returning to the United States when she was 7.
The summer after her eighth-grade year, Bradley attended a mission trip to Mexico — an experience that she said was life-changing.
“That trip confirmed my desire to be a missionary in some way,” she said, explaining she also traveled to El Salvador and Guatemala for service trips, and visited Spain for a Spanish exchange program.
Bradley hopes to study international education or international studies at college,.
She is active with her school’s student council and is currently vice-president of the board. She is president of the Bishop Brady Players drama club, and is the leader of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Bradley is also active with the school’s chorus and choir programs. She currently plays soccer, and has played on the school’s basketball and softball teams.
In her Francis Wayland Parker essay, named for the 19th-century, Bedford-born education reformer, Bradley writes that Parker “experienced the world through the eyes of a dreamer and a doer, and when one experiences the world outside of their own town, state and country in this way, one undoubtedly comes home a new, different and enriched human being.”
According to Bradley’s mother, Kathryn Bradley, her daughter has a genuine love for learning and a desire to better understand the world in which she lives.
Jeff Bradley said his daughter has always been a dreamer and an explorer.
“Emma is learning that some of the best education happens when you take a step away from any place where you’ve grown comfortable. While she has had amazing classroom teachers, many of Emma’s greatest lessons have come far from any classroom,” he said.
The Francis Wayland Parker Scholar program is sponsored by the New Hampshire Association of School Principals, in cooperation with the New Hampshire Union Leader, Lifetouch Studios and the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Northern New England.