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Teen Spotlight: Paige Hemmer

Paige Hemmer

stats: 16, Senior at Saint James School

notable:

  • Drama Club Vice President
  • National Honor Society President
  • Keynote Emerging Artist of Promise Scholarship Winner

quotable: “Always spread kindness and love.”

her story: Paige’s favorite thing about attending Saint James School is the theatre department. She revealed, “I’ve been performing since third grade, and have had starring roles in the majority of the seventeen productions I have done since sixth grade when auditions first opened for the main cast.” She shared this advice for incoming freshmen, “Your grades are not more important than your mental and physical health. The pursuit of perfection will do much more harm than good. Do not sacrifice yourself or your wellbeing to meet the expectations of others. If you struggle with issues like anxiety or depression, you are not alone, and you can find help. You are loved, you matter, and you are enough.”

what’s next: Paige plans to pursue a career in live theatre, with a focus on classical acting and costume design and construction. She shared, “I have been performing ever since third grade when I performed in my department’s Children’s Choir. The second I was able to audition for the main cast in sixth grade, I did, and I’ve been in every show ever since.”

PG (parental guidance) rating: Paige’s parents have always encouraged her to follow her passions, take chances, and see setbacks as temporary and as learning opportunities. They have always supported her in what she does in school and theatre.

parent’s perspective: Paige’s parents expressed, “She truly loves her friends and worries about them. She shows great empathy for anyone in distress and tries to comfort them if she’s able. No matter what she pours herself into, she wants to do it well and is willing to put in the work necessary. It does not matter if it is schoolwork, acting, cosplay, or video games, she seeks excellence.”

parent-to-parent: Sandy and Chris Hemmer gave this advice to other parents, “Embrace the parts of your child that are most different from you—that is where you both can learn the most from each other. Listen to your child when they tell you what they want or need.

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