Emma Gobbell has excelled in academics during her entire career at Providence School, earning an award at the end of each school year for holding a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.
Gobbell carried her strong work ethic from the classroom to the volleyball court and progressed from winning the most improved player award to being named the team captain for the Patriots.
On Monday, she was recognized as the Scholar Athlete of the Year for Providence during the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon at Harry’s Plaza Cafe.
Event sponsor and presenter Marc Gamberdella was impressed in Gobbell’s improvement as an student athlete without the benefit of playing on a team outside of school.
“One thing I found interesting about Emma was in this world of club sports, she showed up at Providence having never played anywhere ever,” he said. “To quote her, ‘I went from being incapable and the worst on the team to team captain on the varsity.’
“It’s exciting to see that trajectory for you,” added Gamberdella.
Said Gobbell: “Throughout my years at Providence, I’ve been part of a lot of different sports teams (she also did sailing and track) and they have definitely given me a lot of life skills like balancing time. Even though it’s been rough and hard some times, it has helped me grow closer to my teammates and gain a lot of perseverance.
“I’m really glad I got to experience high school sports. It’s really been beneficial.”
Gobbell is a Libertas Scholar, which focus on the arts and humanities. But her academic passions are in environmental and biological sciences. Her future academic plans include studying biology and political science.
Her top college choices include Georgetown, Cal Poly and USC.
Gobbell carries a challenging course load at Providence. Her classes include Advanced Placement Spanish, AP English Literature, Christian Theism, Comparative World Views, Photo Journalism, U.S. Government and AP Micro Economics.
She’s been on the Head of School list, is a member of the California Scholastic Federation and has been presented the ASB Award for her student leadership. She is president of her class.
Her off-campus activities include tutoring at Franklin Elementary School, working with the youth group at Ocean Hills Church and volunteering as a surf instructor at Victory Sessions, a Christian surf outreach group.