Emelia Manwaring: Caring Vocalist


Photo credit: Oliver Smith

Emmie Manwaring, one of the many high school seniors at Hillcrest, had spent most of her life as a singer. 

Ever since elementary school, she has been in choir. Last year,she was part of the school’s very own acapella group-Resolve. Of course, one of the things she seemed most proud of, was her singing with the Young Women’s President for the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter-Day Saints. 

“It was a big honor,” she said.

This, however, is not the full extent of her character. Manwaring is also many other things.

For one, she is an avid animal lover. Her pet dog, a mini Schnauzer named Missy, is well-loved, and she has recently taken in a new kitten. He was found on the streets near her home. 

“His name is Sammy and he’s really crazy” she said, “But I love playing with him and watching him chase the lazer around.” 

Despite her love for her dog and cat, Her favorite animal is actually the turtle. When recalling her love for the animal, she spoke of a trip she had in Hawaii. 

“I was swimming in the ocean close to the shore over in a little cove, and a giant turtle came right up to me. It was one of the neatest experiences of my life.”

 She currently owns two stuffed animals, a wooden carving, and a ceramic piece all in the form of a sea turtle. 

Manwaring is also an avid fan of the theatre. She has seen many musicals and has taken it upon herself to be part of some of Hillcrest’s productions; including Les Miserables and Hairspray.

Her experiences on stage have not been without fraught, however. “I love performing, but I don’t have a lot of experience acting and dancing,” she  said when asked about the subject. “I get really nervous, but when I’m prepared it goes well.” She describes herself more as a fan of the art form, rather than a proper participant of it. 

The biggest inspiration to her is her father. She recalled many fond memories of him and learned much from him. When recalling problems with jealousy, she talked about his lessons on empathy.

“My dad taught me that is one of the best ways to get through it-truly caring about the wellbeing of others and being happy for them.” You can tell that she tries to embody this motto- with her positive attitude, ambitions of working in the medical field, and willingness to be part of something like the Paw Print Newspaper. 

She will make a great addition as the copy editor of this year’s staff.