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Emilie Reed Visits Abilene Christian University

Choosing a college can be daunting. There are so many factors to consider. Do they have the program I want? Will I “fit in” with the culture? Can I afford it financially? Is it close enough (or far away!) from my home community? Sometimes the journey toward higher education is a winding road with a variety of detours, unexpected turns, or obstacles. This is Senior Emilie Reed’s story. When looking at life after high school, Emilie’s passion for music and theater was a driving force. She has performed in a variety of choirs at Salem Academy (2013-2019), acted in multiple Salem Academy stage performances (2012-2019), expanded her theater roles to include S.K.I.T. (Salem Keizer Inspirational Teen Theater) productions (2015-2019), and has received multiple awards at Salem Academy, S.K.I.T, and the A.C.S.I. Choral Festival. The “what” to study was clear – now came the where! After setting aside the “comfortable” choice to stay close to home for… Read More »