“It’s Just a Part of Me”

The bell rings. Everyone is in a rush to get home except Emily Leach, who is oblivious to the bell since she has her headphones in with music blasting.

Here Emily cuddles with family dog Winston.

Emily Leach, sophomore at Central High School, has always been perceived as quiet. While other teenage girls are focused on academics and popularity, Emily knows what means most to her. “I listen to music 24/7 and I probably connect with it more than I should,” she stated as she wore a single earbud in her right ear.

Though she has traveled across the U.S., Emily happily calls Tennessee her home. However, traveling isn’t always easy as a minor. When asked how she felt being underage, Emily responded with, “I don’t like being told what to do and that’s basically what a child is, being a minor I can’t really do what I want to do, like drive and I have to ask my parents before being able to do anything and I just don’t like it.”

Being 15 years of age doesn’t keep Emily from understanding how she may be perceived as different from the rest of her family. “My family is more sports and school and I’m good at school and bad at sports and I’ve always been the more artistic one. I’ve always been into music for as long as I can remember and drawing little things and it’s just a part of me and it’s kinda just me,” she said with a look of pride in her eyes.

Emily sitting in a teacup while on family vacation to Disney World.

Her love for the arts affects her from the way she acts to even little drawings on the corners of her school work. Emily knows that her devotion to the arts will show as she figures out her future profession. Her life plan involves travel to far away countries with adventures lined up one after the other then one day settling down with a family.

Emily appreciates the arts, particularly music, into greater standards than most would. She describes her love for music as an utmost respect for what the artist does and how they can portray exactly what she is feeling into a song. “It’s such a unique way to express yourself everyone has a different take on music, art, writing and i just love it so much.”



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