Emily Morales, a senior at Fort Worth ISD’s Young Women’s Leadership Academy, will serve on the Smithsonian Secretary’s Youth Advisory Council for the 2017-18 year.
Emily is one of 25 teens serving on the council and one of only 10 selected nationally from five Smithsonian affiliates to serve. The 25-member council also includes 15 Washington D.C. metropolitan-area youth.
Officials at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, where Emily is a teen technology assistant, nominated her.
“I’m really excited to represent our state and museum,” Emily said of being named to the prestigious panel.
The Smithsonian Secretary’s Youth Advisory Council, established by Secretary David Skorton, gains feedback from high school juniors and seniors about the museum, youth programming and how the museum can better engage its visitors. The council meets four times annually with members representing affiliate museums virtually attending meetings.
As a council member, Emily said she’s interested in addressing guest engagement and making visits to the Smithsonian memorable.
Emily’s selection to the council reinforces the excellence taught at YWLA, Principal Tamara Albury said. She describes Emily as a quiet and passionate leader who downplayed her selection to the national group.
“I’m so proud of her,” Principal Albury said. “That just speaks to her humility. She’s about the work and not about the glory, and that’s what it means to be a leader.”
Students at YWLA are known as GEMS – Girls Excelling in Math and Science.
“She exemplifies everything we do here,” Ms. Albury says. “She’s a true GEM through and through.”