Emi Bisson

Emelia Bisson has a pretty impressive résumé for a high school freshman. Last year, along with Lindsey Valentino, Lauren Valentino, and Abby Amara, the four then-middle schoolers organized the Shoreline March for Our Lives following the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The event drew hundreds to Old Saybrook, including U.S. Congressman Joe Courtney. It wasn’t her first effort to take an active role in her community; she started volunteering in the 5th grade with Buddy Baseball and Basketball, teaming up with a differently abled partner, a role she’s continued at Valley Regional High School. She also volunteers at Kirtland Commons, Deep River’s senior housing facility, to serve meals and brighten days of her elders.