By Christian Weaner|Photo by Copper Ridge Photography
Emma Tompkins, Senior
Throughout her first three years at Bonners Ferry High School (BFHS), some of Emma Tompkins best memories have been made on the soccer pitch.
Emma has appreciated the opportunities to spend time with her friends and teammates, and she has grown in her abilities as a midfielder and forward, but her favorite part of being on the BFHS Girls Soccer squad has been playing for Head Coach Emily Winebark.
"I enjoy [Coach Winebark]," Emma said. "She treats us all equal and makes the sport enjoyable. The girls are [also] close and treat each other well on and off the field."
Last fall, during her junior season, Emma stepped up and was a key contributor on the Lady Badgers team that surprised a lot of people, finishing 9-7 overall and taking third place in the competitive 3A Intermountain League.
Emma credits Coach Winebark for not only helping her sharpen her soccer skills but also encouraging her as a student and young woman as well.
"[Coach] Winebark has influenced my growth the most in school and soccer," Emma noted. "I have grown a lot through high school with the help of many teachers."
Aside from athletics and academics, Emma loves to get involved at BFHS by supporting school spirit and attending her friends' sporting events to cheer on her fellow Badgers. Outside of BFHS, Emma often goes fishing, hunting and hiking when the weather allows, and she enjoys spending time with the people that she loves. "My favorite thing to do is spend time with my family outdoors," Emma described.
Emma is looking forward to making the most of her senior year and soaking in all the memories she can make along the way. After graduation in the spring, her plan is to attend the University of Idaho.
Wherever Emma ends up in the future, she hopes that the lessons that she has learned from Coach Winebark and the rest of the BFHS community will guide her every step of the way.