SPRINGFIELD, NJ - Tuesday night’s basketball game was part of a Jonathan Dayton High School tradition for the varsity girls basketball team. It was Senior Night, the night graduating members of the team are recognized before the game by the coaches, teammates and many fans.
There is only one senior on this year’s team and she is co-captain and guard Emma Ares, a four year member of the team. She said at the end of the evening, “What I liked most about being on the basketball team was getting to know all the girls on the team and eventually the lasting friendships created by playing and practicing together.”
Before comments were made, Ares was joined on the court by her parents Roberta and David and given a beautiful bouquet of flowers and some nice helium balloons while the varsity cheerleaders applauded.
Coach Rennie made some comments and read those from some of Ares’ teachers. After he finished, Ares did what she done before many home games, she sang “The Star-Spangled Banner”.
The Coach said, “Emma made it easier for me to coach because of her leadership. She always led by example. Emma conducts herself like a role model all day long. I know she works hard on and off the basketball court. She puts in lots of hours.” He noted that she is a member of the Collegiate Academy.
The first comment read by Coach Rennie came from Kyle Townsend the Senior Seminar teacher – “Emma is a standout student, who epitomizes the importance of effort and commitment to excelling. She is easily one of the hardest working students I've ever had.”
From David Silva, her Advanced Placement Physics teacher, “She put in the time and genuine effort despite the many things she does outside of the classroom and it paid off. She has done well in AP Physics, a class that is not easy.”
Greg Coward, Emma’s Television Production teacher said, “It has been my sincere pleasure to work with Emma in the Television Production classes, first in 7th grade, and now in her senior year. I have thoroughly enjoyed watching her grow into a true leader in the Dayton community. My only regret is that she could not be a part of our daily morning news class, but this is because she’s such a talented singer, and had to shine elsewhere in Choir. I congratulate Emma on her successful athletic, arts and scholastic career, and wish her nothing but the best in everything.”
Her Advanced Placement Statistics teacher Chris White wrote, “Emma is the consummate student-athlete; dependable, intelligent, and hard working. She is someone I can rely on to help students who may be going through a difficult time. I wish her all the best in college and beyond."
Ares is the only senior on a team that includes six juniors, five sophomores and one freshman. The following picture is of Emma and her parents David and Roberta after the game.