Freeman’s Emme Levenson returns the ball to John Champe’s Liza Ulanova during state championship tennis at Glen Allen H.S. Thurs. June 7, 2018. Levenson was the winner.

emme levenson

School: Douglas Freeman

Age: 18 GPA: 4.28

Athletic accomplishments: A senior tennis player, Emme went 7-0 in singles and 5-1 in doubles in April, playing No. 1 for her school. As a junior, she went 20-0, won the Class 5 state championship and was named All-Metro player of the year. She’s been one of the area’s top tennis players since her arrival in high school, earning first-team All-Metro status as a sophomore and second-team as a freshman. She’ll play for Colgate next year.

Academic accomplishments: Emme is a member of the school’s Center for Leadership, Government and Global Economics. She’s part of the National Honor Society, French National Honor Society and Beta Club. She’s on the school’s We the People team, which placed third in the state, and she is an AP scholar.

Favorite subject: “Probably my journalism class with Mrs. Lombard.”

Future major: “Maybe economics or English.”

Three words to describe her: “Driven, compassionate and competitive.”

Dream job: “I’d either like to be a sports journalist or be in the exceptional education field.”

First job she wanted as a kid: “I wanted to be a professional tennis player.”

Favorite book: “The Fault in our Stars”

Working to improve: “In tennis I’m trying to improve being positive on the court even if things don’t go my way. In college and beyond, being able to try new things and meet new people and be open to new experiences.”

Best sports memory: “Last year when we beat Godwin on our home turf for the first time. ... We were down 4-2 in singles and came back and won all our doubles. ... And winning the state championship last year and having all my friends and family by my side.”

On her playlist: “I’m a very big fan of the ‘70s because of my dad. Probably my favorite artist is Earth, Wind and Fire.”

Most embarrassing thing on her playlist: “A bunch of ‘High School Musical’ songs.”

Person alive she most admires: “My brother Max, because he’s so positive and he’s so kind.”

Favorite thing about tennis: “I like the fact that usually it’s just you on the court and having to problem-solve by yourself, and when you get a victory you recognize that you put in all that hard work.”

Hidden talent: “I’m pretty good at shooting 3-pointers with my brother on the basketball court.”

Favorite teacher at Freeman: “Mrs. Lombard. I’ve had her for three years now.”

Favorite emoji: “The one with the big smiley face with stars on the eyes.”

If she could go on any game show: “I’d like to experience being on the ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey,’ just being there, because that show is crazy. Or ‘Jeopardy!’”

If she could time travel she would go to: “The ‘70s to see some of my favorite bands live.”

Best advice she’s received: “Never give up.”

If she could have dinner with anyone dead or alive: “Tom Hanks”

Favorite Tom Hanks movie: “Forrest Gump”

If she could be any animal: “My favorite animal has always been a pig. I think rolling around in the mud would be pretty fun.”

Her house is burning down and she can take only one thing with her: “My photo album.”

Sports reporter

Eric Kolenich writes sports stories for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, focusing on local athletes and teams. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 2008 with a BA in English and joined the paper in 2009. (804) 649-6109

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