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By Andrea Swayne
Age: 16, San Clemente High School
From surfing and academics to community volunteer work, Emmy Lombard strives for excellence, and as one of the most involved teens in the community, is an all-around good citizen. She contributes greatly to the success of her school surf team and recently took first place in Girls Longboard at the league individual finals for the second straight year. She also competes in the WSA Championship Tour, where her first-place at this month’s contest in Oceanside cemented her No. 1 ranking in the Girls U18 Longboard division. In school, Emmy is and ‘A’ and ‘B’ student who juggles a full load of college prep classes and is the founder and leader of the Healing Hands Club. “We raise money to build wells and send kids to school in the West African country of Burkina Faso,” Emmy said. The club has so far raised $15,000 for wells and at an event earlier this month, raised $1,400 for African school children. Her goals include pursuing a career in the medical field and training as a professional big wave surfer. She hopes to be ready to tackle the huge surf at Mavericks by the time she turns 25. Requesting that some space in this article be dedicated to the club rather than herself, Emmy said, “Please join us at the Aliso Viejo Ice Palace on January 16 from 6:15 p.m. to 8 p.m. We will donate 50 percent of the entry fees from everyone who mentions the Healing Hands Club upon entry. I hope to see you there.” –Andrea Swayne