Salina South’s Emily Adams – KDOT’s Drive to Zero Athlete Spotlight

Emily Adams is a senior at Salina South, and she is a member of the SAFE (Seatbelts Are For Everyone) at school. The senior first got involved in the program at a very young age.

“I’ve been involved in SAFE since I was a little girl because my dad is a police officer. Growing up I have been told terrible stories that families have had to go through because someone wouldn’t put down their phone,” said Adams.

Being part of changing the culture amongst her peers is important to Adams. Helping to spread the word about being a safe driver has become a passion for Adams.

“I have enjoyed bringing awareness to others wearing their seatbelts and not being on their phones while they are driving,” said Adams. “It is important to share the message from the SAFE program because you never know what the outcome of texting and driving may cause. The accident could be even worse if you don’t have your seatbelt on.”

As a student at South Adams has been involved in other activities including Color-Guard for the last four years.

“I have done Color-Guard for the last four years and the last two years I have been one of the captains on the Color-Guard team. I have also been part of FCCLA since my sophomore year of high school. I am also currently a culinary intern at Salina South High School,” said Adams.

Her future plans include attending college and working towards her goal of working in the education field.

“I plan on working while going to Cloud County Community College in Concordia online in the fall. After I get my associates degree, I would love to become either a para at Salina High School South or become a substitute for USD 305 to help other people and kids that are on an IEP just like me,” said Adams.

Away from school, Adams said she enjoys reading, baking, cooking and practicing her color-guard skills.