FCHS Senior Named 2020 Yes I Can Award Winner
Franklin Community Schools is proud to recognize FCHS Senior, Emma Dillon for being selected as a 2020 Yes I Can Award winner in School and Community. As an award recipient, Emma and her family will have the opportunity to travel to Portland, Oregon, in February to attend the Yes I Can Awards Ceremony.
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) has recognized students with exceptionalities who have demonstrated their determination and achievements in multiple ways for the past 37 years. The CEC selects winners for their outstanding achievements in one of six categories: Academics, Arts, School and Community Activities, Self-Advocacy, Technology, and Transition.
One reason that Tai Botkin, teacher for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, nominated Dillon was because of the great impact on the community that her small business, Emma’s Bows, has had. Dillon founded Emma’s Bows for a Cure in the summer of 2013. Her long-time teacher for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Jane Ellen Watkins, had recently been diagnosed with cancer. Out of Emma’s tremendous respect and admiration for Jane Ellen, she searched for a way in which to make a difference. She began making bows and selling them to raise funds for donations to the American Cancer Society. To date, she has managed to donate $42,000.00 towards cancer research and various missions in Haiti by the result of her merchandise sales and her Relay for Life team, “Tiny People, Big Hearts”.
“From such a young age, Emma set forth to make a difference in people's lives,” Botkin said. “It started by raising money for cancer research but has allowed for her to make connections within our community as a role model for so many children and adults. She is an incredible student, a truly kind and wonderful person, and her hearing loss is often forgotten because of all that she has been able to accomplish. She is an active advocate of her education and can articulate her needs in relation to her hearing loss to bring awareness to teachers, staff and her peers. ”
Not only is Emma an accomplished entrepreneur, but she is also a bright and shining star within her community for many other involvements. She manages to uphold an exceptional 4.105 GPA, participates in cheerleading, was nominated to the Homecoming and Prom Courts, is a competitive powerlifter, has received numerous community and academic accolades, is a member of her school’s Superintendent’s Council, National Honor Society, Johnson County Leadership Academy and has won several Relay for Life Awards.