Official Preliminary to Miss Texas and Miss America Scholarship Competitions

2015 Miss San Antonio, Emma Faye Rudkin

Boerne, Texas

Aid the Silent: Turning a Disability Into an Ability

Geneva School of Boerne, University of Texas of San Antonio

Currently a communications major at UTSA Honors College working towards her Masters of Science in Deaf Education and Hearing Science. Also plans to attend a Christian seminary. Her goal is to start Deaf Life (Division of Young Life) in Texas as well as advocate for deaf rights and support the deaf community through her non-profit Aid the Silent.

Member The National Society of Collegiate Scholars UTSA, UTSA Honor Roll, Faculty Commendation.

TAPPS 1A District Finalist Social Studies, TAPPS 1A State Finalist Social Studies, TAPPS 1A District Finalist Art History, TAPPS 2A District Finalist Vocal Competition – Pop Category & Sacred Ensemble, TAPPS 2A State Finalist Vocal Competition – Pop Category & Sacred Ensemble, TAPPS 2A Regional Finalist One Act Play Competition, TAPPS 2A Regional Finalist One Act Play Competition “Best Actress” Overall, TAPPS 2A State Duet Action – 2nd in State, TAPPS 2Z - State Finalist Vocal Competition & State Winner.

Magna Cum Laude, Summa Cum Laude, Aquila Award – Geneva School of Boerne Highest Honor, Member National Honor Society, National Honor Society Vice President, Rhetoric Honor Council, Junior Senate, Historian, Event Coordinator – House of Milton

Prom Queen, Boerne Young Life Leader, Boerne Young Life Social Media Coordinator, D-Now Leader, UTSA College Life

Geneva Varsity Cheer Team Founder, Varsity Cheerleader, Varsity Cheerleading Captain (3 years), National Cheerleaders Association – All American Nominee, National Cheerleaders Association – All American (National Cheer Team), Universal Cheerleading Association – Pin It Forward Award (Leadership award), Geneva Most Spirited Cheerleader

The Muse – writer & designer, Calliope –Literary Edition – published writing, poetry, photography, The Boom – published writer
UTSA Honors College Photography Contest winner
University Interscholastic League – Personal Opinion Piece winner
American Sign Language
Miss San Antonio: Overall Interview Winner and Overall Talent Winner

Interesting Facts:
Emma is legally deaf, but plays the piano, guitar, ukulele & sings on pitch.  She performs all around San Antonio and surrounding areas at coffee shops, grand openings, restaurants and even the SA rodeo.  She publicly speaks all over Texas about turning a disability into an ability.

Following her heart for the deaf, she started a non-profit organization called “Aid the Silent” to provide deaf resources, education, research and ministry for deaf children and teens.  Her dream is to show that a disability can be transformed into a great ability.  She is heavily involved at College Life at UTSA and is a Boerne Young Life leader.  She loves the outdoors especially camping and hiking.  Last summer, Emma hiked 42-miles and peaked a 14er in 6 days in Creede, Colorado.

Random fun fact: She has had 6 years of Latin and has a SERIOUS coffee addiction!