Emilee Burrell is a Ramsay High School senior, where she’s the treasurer of the Key Club, member of Future Business Leaders of America and Ramsay Changemakers. Outside of school, Emilee is a member of the Mount Pilgrim District Youth Council, which puts on programs at different churches in the Birmingham area to promote community. She’s also been a teen volunteer at The University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB) Hospital for the past two summers. While volunteering, she’s worked in the pre-op area and with overnight patients by checking their charts, vital signs, and preparing patients for surgery. Emilee’s volunteer work with UAB’s hospital may have sparked her love for the school as well. Although she’s considering Clark Atlanta University and The University of Alabama, UAB is her top choice for college next year, because they have a good school of business, they genuinely care for their students, and it’s not that far from home. She believes that it’s the best place to provide her with a great education in order to become a certified public accountant and help people financially with managing money.
Emilee got her start with the Birmingham Education Foundation (Ed) in tenth grade when she was chosen to compete in Ed’s Shark Tank competition. Emilee and other Ramsay students went to The Club, as part of the curriculum offered by Ed, where students were invited to pitch their own ideas. Emilee and her team pitched a business that would renovate old buildings in Birmingham to bring more entertainment places to the city. Even though her team didn’t win, Emilee, she says she enjoyed the competition, because it prepared high schoolers for pitching ideas in the real world. She now feels confident on pitching ideas in the future because she had people help her with something she never thought of doing and never knew anything about.
Now, as a senior, Emilee is continuing her journey with the Birmingham Education Foundation as a participant in Ed’s fourth annual Family Game Night. She originally thought it would be her family and her competing against other families of contestants. Although she was a initially disappointed about not competing with her family, Emilee was most excited to compete and meet with executives from around the city. While she’s nervous about standing in front of the crowd, she hopes this experience will allow her to speak in front of a lot of people, get her out of her comfort zone, and ultimately show herself that she’s able to do more than she thought she could. In regards to winning Family Game Night, Emilee is very competitive and watches a lot of Family Feud. She says it’ll help her a lot because she’s really good at the game.
Come out and join Emilee’s family in supporting Emilee and her teammates on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at the Alys Stephens Center!