Mark Twain once said, “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”
Big Brain Club student Emma Eagen is one of those special people who inspire others to do and dream more through her kindness and compassion. She makes others hear and see.
Her exemplary work habits provide her with the skills to excel and be successful in school — but also outside of school. She is a tremendously diligent and conscientious student who exemplifies all the qualities of a kind, compassionate, and considerate person.
Emma is extremely knowledgeable and reads and communicates this knowledge verbally and through her extraordinary writing. Her intelligence enables her to learn, understand and process information, in addition to thinking critically. She is committed to education and highly respected by her peers.
Emma also participates in the Destination Imagination program, and it was because of her involvement in DI that The Big Brain Club introduced her to our friends at Colorado’s Best. She was later chosen as one of Colorado’s Best Kids.
Destination Imagination’s purpose is to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders. Emma’s team, the Avengers, chose the Service Learning challenge to solve. Their challenge this year was to:
- Use the creative process to identify and select at least one real community need.
- Design and carry out a project that addresses real community need.
- Use play to meet the goal(s) of the project.
- Use a team-created Elevator Pitch to enlist at least one Community Partner.
Emma’s team chose Denver’s Judi’s House as the recipient of their outreach effort. Judi’s House was founded by former NFL quarterback Brian Griese in honor of his mother, who died when he was just 12 years old. Their mission is to help children and families who are grieving the death of a loved one find hope and healing within themselves.
The team presented their project at the Destination Imagination Cherry Creek Regional competition and won first place. They moved on and presented it at the Affiliate/State Tournament on the Auraria campus and took first place again. This gave them a spot in the Global Tournament at the University of Tennessee.
Teams from all over the world attend this competition every year. It is a showcase of the best of the best. At the global competition they presented their project dressed up as superheroes from the Marvel movie, The Avengers, including Iron Man, Black Widow, Captain America, Thor, and Hulk. Emma was the driving force behind this team.
It is because of this drive that this team went to the highest competition level that Destination Imagination offers. She was so intent on pushing her team to show the world what community service means that she missed her own 8th grade graduation program at Horizon Community Middle School, where she received the 2014 Cortney Moore Award.
Congratulations, Emma, on all your great work!
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