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Alumni Spotlight: Emily Yarnell

October 28, 2015
By Brenda Seagraves

Emily’s story in her own words…

“I began attending Tate’s when I was four years old.  I remember making friends with Kaity on that first day and we have remained friends to this day.  Lasting friendships are just one of the gifts I have received from Tate’s.

I run track for the University of Tennessee, but my track career began when I was in the fifth grade at Tate’s.  Mrs. Cookie, the PE teacher at that time, announced that Tate’s would be forming its first official cross country team.  I was quite the active little kid so, of course, I jumped on board with this.  This is when I learned to push myself to achieve goals.  I ran track for Hardin Valley High School and was thrilled when UT offered me a track scholarship.

Tate’s was also responsible for sparking my interest in science.  I have kept that scientific interest and am currently a senior working on my Microbiology Degree.  I plan to take the MCAT and apply to medical school in the near future.

During a conversation with Mrs. Seagraves, I laughed and told her that there is truly not a day that goes by that I do not talk to someone about a memory from Tate’s.

There is, hands down, no place like Tate’s School and people who have experienced it know exactly what I am talking about.  The balance that I carry in my life among academics, social life, sports, clubs, personality traits, and relationships were first cultivated at Tate’s

I couldn’t get enough of Tate’s!  The unique buildings, the pond, the computer lab, art room and pools for PE made it such a magical place for a child to learn.  I spent every day at Tate’s Camp during the summer and was fortunate to work as a summer camp counselor.

One of the great things about Tate’s is they teach kids to do things that other schools may believe are too advanced.  With all of the great things that Tate’s gave me, the best thing I can say is that I took from it was that learning is COOL!  I am so happy that my parents sent me to the best school around! “

Come and meet Emily at TATE’s TREK…Inaugural fun run/walk on November 14, 9:00 AM. Register on line: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tates-trek-tickets-18796120703