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Smoky Valley Middle School’s Emma Chaput – Drive to Zero Student of the Month Presented by KDOT

Emma Chaput is a member of the cross country and basketball team at Smoky Valley Middle School. She is also a member of the Student Council and the SAFE program. 

“I started around last year, in sixth grade. I wanted to do it because it is good to stay safe and wear your seatbelts. I got involved to try and keep others safe,” said Chaput. “It’s important to help people, because even if it’s a tiny thing, like help with a math problem, it can help someone very much.” 

Chaput enjoys representing her school and competing against others. She does plan to play tennis as well. Being part of the team is something special to Chaput.

“I just started basketball a couple days ago, but cross country was very fun, and I made a lot of new friends. I loved being part of the team,” said Chaput. 

In the classroom, Chaput always places a focus on her grades. 

“The teachers are always willing to help, you can choose fun classes, and the sports are fun to do,” said Chaput. “I always try to get good grades, they are very important to me, because you need good grades to get a good job.” 

With several years of high school ahead, Chaput is already thinking about her future. 

“I want to either go to FHSU, Bethany College, or K-State, whatever has what I want for a job. I want to graduate and become a veterinarian or a teacher,” said Chaput. 

Chaput said anyone wanting to join the SAFE program should jump at the opportunity.

“You should join! It is a great opportunity to be involved in, and it helps people remember to stay safe and wear your seatbelts.” 

Photo by Erica Heline Photography

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