by LINDA FRABL | photo by Mark Hopkins Photography

Community Service Senior


Senior Emily Sim loves the leadership opportunities afforded to her at Sage Creek High School (SCHS), and she has sought out additional volunteering prospects that allow her to flex her supervisory muscles. She professed, “I want to build more relationships with different groups on the campus and learn how to become a better leader for my community.”

One school activity that really allows Emily to showcase her philanthropic leadership skills is Key Club, a worldwide community service club which Emily has been involved with since she was a sophomore. She was elected to be Key Club’s Lieutenant Governor for her division, which consists of about 300 members. Emily elaborated, “I am the CEO of 10 high school Key Clubs in San Diego, and I get to host monthly community service events, socials, and fundraisers for different charities.”


Name: Emily Sim (17)
School: Sage Creek High School
Grade: 12
Parents: John and Jennifer Sim
Sibling: Kaitlyn Sim (13)
Favorite Places in 92008/92010: Carlsbad Village, Flower Fields, Tamarack Beach, Agua Hedionda Lagoon

Emily also participates in the Sage Creek Genius Project, a year-long endeavor in which students choose a project, execute a plan, and present their reflections to their peers and community members. Although her original Genius Project plan was to host a high school dance and raise money for a charity, Emily decided to take on a former senior’s request that someone continue their own Genius Project tradition of hosting a senior citizen prom at the Carlsbad Senior Center. “It had the same aspects as my last project, but the purpose was more meaningful,” Emily said.

To round out her leadership prowess, Emily is the SCHS co-senior representative on the Superintendent Student Advisory Council, because Emily admitted, “I wanted to be a part of making schools better.” She also tutors her fellow students as a member of the National Honors Society, and she mentors incoming freshmen through her school’s Link Crew. In addition, she has been on her school’s golf team since she was a freshman, and she regularly volunteers at the Agua Hedionda Lagoon.

“I want to build more relationships with different groups on the campus and learn how to become a better leader for my community.”

Looking ahead, Emily wants to become a businesswoman or a pediatric dentist, but she maintained, “My main goal for the future is to live my life helping others.” In the meantime, Emily indulges in her studies, where her favorite classes are English and Science. Emily added, “I love that Sage Creek supports all of the students’ diverse passions, and that the school accepts individuality and self-expression.”