Senior Spotlight: Emil Johnson


Emil Johnson is a vibe. He may be the human personification of vibes. His trademark, laid-back personality attracts others to him and makes him a calming presence to be around. Whether he’s listening to Kendrick, playing Dragon Ball Legends, or defending his Mario Kart title, you can bet that Emil will be doing it with a calm and steady mind. 

At Enloe, Emil has made his mark as a 4-year member of the golf team, an active member of MBSA (where he often provides guidance and wisdom to his younger peers), and a member of the Black Student Union. Most important to him, however, is Enloe’s Future Business Leaders of America club, where he serves as Secretary. “FBLA is really important to me because it’s where I feel the most involved and productive,” he says. “I feel like I’m making a difference, a step in the right direction. We’re pretty heavy on teamwork as well. Even if we’re competing in events alone, it still feels like there’s always someone there for you.” Emil has won multiple competitions through FBLA, including “Spreadsheet Applications” and “Word Processing.”

Computers have always played a big part in Emil’s life, with his interest in coding starting at a young age. “My dad is the one who got me into [technology]”, he says, and he now spends much of his free time helping to look over and analyze the programs that his dad writes for work. After high school, Emil plans on attending either UNC Charlotte, A&T, or ECU while following in his father’s footsteps by majoring in computer science. He looks forward to being able to develop his own blockbuster video games one day, but his true passion lies in making technology more accessible to a broader audience. “I want to help share with others the magic that my dad shared with me. It’s kind of the gift that keeps on giving,” Emil says.

All of Emil’s experiences — working at the YMCA as a counselor, being a part of the FBLA, coding, golfing, etc. — have taught him that, more than anything else, his purpose in life is to help people. “That’s really why I want to get into computer science, and why I do anything, really. My main goal is always to help others, and use my talents to be a positive influence. 

We’re excited to see what life has in store for Emil, but one thing is certain: if he retains his ambition, his peaceful mindset, and his devotion to empathy and compassion, he’s definitely going to go far.