Growing up, Emma Snead’s friends had constantly changing aspirations. But Snead’s compass has always pointed due north toward naval architect and marine engineer.
While in second grade and living on a boat, Snead fell in love with the water.
“It’s you, your boat, and the wind and waves and being in the elements. It taught you self-reliance,” Snead said. “It’s freeing, the feeling of having everything in control. I really love that.”
While at Broadneck High School, Snead was on the school’s sailing team. In the offseasons — winter and summer — she continued sailing with a club team. In her junior year, Snead started a SailBot team as a subset of Broadneck Robotics. The SailBot team built robotic sailboats and competed in college competitions.
Snead credits these activities to helping her achieve her status as the BHS class of 2019 salutatorian.
“I’m super competitive, so the racing aspect of it really pushes you to excel and succeed and be the best you can,” Snead said.
In the fall, Snead will start at the United States Coast Guard Academy where she plans to study naval architecture and marine engineering. Snead said she wants to learn more about how boats work.
“I’m really excited for the future,” Snead said. “I don’t know exactly what my end goal will be, but it’s definitely going to be with boats and the water. And it’s either going to be on ships or helping to build ships and design ships.”
Snead feels lucky to have gone to Broadneck because the school and surrounding community are full of good people.
“The school has really challenging courses and gives you the ability to challenge yourself to be able to get into a good college and succeed,” Snead said. “I’m really excited that I got to go to Broadneck High School and take all of these hard courses and grow as a person through all the friends I made and all the things I did.”
However, finishing top in the class is in her family’s blood. On Snead’s dad’s side of the family, “everyone” was either valedictorian or salutatorian. This didn’t stop with Snead. Her twin sister, Alliana, graduated from Indian Creek High School in the top three in her class.
“I was so proud of her. She’s so smart,” Snead said. “It’s so cool that she goes to a private school and I go to a public school. I love that a lot. It’s totally different.”