A.J. Green and Emma Plunkett Named Union Seniors of the Month for Accomplishments
A.J. Green and Emma Plunkett have been named Seniors of the Month for December for Union High School. Green is the son of Alexis Green, Sr. and Shenonda Jackson of Broken Arrow and Plunkett is the daughter of Emily Lim and Mike Plunkett of Tulsa.
Green has been involved in football and track and has been named Gatorade Track Athlete of the Year, Offensive MVP in football, and has been invited to Adidas’ All-American Game and the Hawaii Tiki Bowl. He hopes to attend the University of Arkansas.
“I’m very passionate about pushing people to their greatest potential and to be able to inspire people,” Green said. He calls himself both a team player and a leader “because I am a team captain but I’m all for the team and you have to put the team first as a leader to get the most out of everyone you are with, which could be any sport.”
At school, Green said chemistry has made the most impact on him “because it’s easy to let one thing go in the ear and come out the other, but you have to pay attention to everything being given to you.”
Plunkett is active in marching band as lead drum major, Leadership, Student Council, Riot Squad as assistant captain, Geology Club which she help found, and WRAP (Writer Readers Audiences and Performers). She is also active in National Honor Society, Girl Scouts, Global Gardens/botany photography and web page development, Family, Career, Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance Teen Advisory Board and even builds props for band. Honors include being a Junior Miss Union nominee in 2020, Most Improved in Band and a Service and Dedication Award in band, first and fourth places prizes in the Union Art Show; best in show and second places in Mayfest’s art competitions. She was also a member of the band when Union won 10th and 11th places in the Grand National competition. She was Student Body president in 2017 and was lead chairman for RUSH Week last fall.
She wanted to thank her English teacher Michael Lindsay. “I have benefited greatly from having him as an English teacher. He taught me many life skills surrounding perseverance and mental fortitude,” she said.
“Throughout high school, I have been the most dedicated to marching band. Being in the Renegade Regiment has shaped me to be the leader I am today,” Plunkett said, thanking all of her instructors since eighth grade. “Through hours of hard work, practice, commitment, focus, and teamwork we create something beautiful. The comradery and passion that comes from creating art with others is so powerful that it has brought me back all four years. I have gotten to know so many different types of people through band over the years who all share the same passion as I do.”
Plunkett hopes to attend college but is undecided where. She is interested in geology, planetary sciences, astronomy and art. She said, “I want to do something that combines my love for learning, traveling, space, earth, rocks, art, and caves. I want to work hard and be great at whatever I end up doing.”