STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Emma Coombes
Cherokee Nation citizen Emma Coombes entered a drawing called “Changing the World One Book at a Time” that earned her $1,529” toward college savings and $500 for her school in the “Oklahoma 529 College Saving’s Plan Change the World” during the 2018-19 school year. LINDSEY BARK/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
STILWELL – Cherokee Nation citizen and Maryetta Public Schools sixth grader Emma Coombes was one of eight winners in the inaugural “Oklahoma 529 College Saving’s Plan’s Change the World” contest during the 2018-19 school year.
Coombes won $1,529 in college savings in an Oklahoma College Savings Plan account and $500 for her school. Her entry was to show how she might change the world after graduating college.
Entries included kids who want to become doctors, veterinarians, meteorologists, help the homeless, save red pandas and more, according to an OCSP press release.
She entered a drawing that showed how she would change the world after college by becoming an author. The drawing features a book-cover background with a woman sitting at a table typing on a typewriter surrounded by books.
“I’m going to be a writer. I want to be a children’s book author,” she said. “I really like little kids, like the little bitty babies 3, 4, and 5 (years old.) I think they’re just adorable, and I thought that it would be really cool for me to write books for them when I get older.”
She said she enjoys reading to her younger sister and brother and watching their expressions.
“I just thought that would be really cool. I’d like to see them smile and stuff when they’re reading my books,” Coombes said.
She said her favorite subject in school is language arts because she likes to write essays.
Coombes also has a talent for drawing, hence her entry in the OCSP competition, and potentially wants to illustrate her own writings.
In the past school year, she entered several art contests, including one sponsored by the Oklahoma City Zoo and the Dr. Pepper Vending Machine Art contest. She was one of 12 honor roll recipients selected to have her drawing on display at the zoo.