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Emily Rivers

When Emily Rivers played the final game of her senior year in high school she thought that was the end of her basketball career. Having played in an organized sport since she was 5 years old, she decided it was time to move on. Her decision lasted for about three weeks. Realizing how much she missed the game and wanting to play in college is what led Rivers to Motlow.

Emily RiversRivers is from Bolivar, in west Tennessee. Even though she's not too far from home, she feels fortunate to share her first college experience with cousin, Ricky Tisdale. While both were choosing where they would attend college and continue to play basketball, they visited Moore County together. Soon after graduation from Bolivar Central High, he became a member of the Motlow Bucks, and she became a Lady Buck.

She explained, "I needed to continue playing ball; it keeps me disciplined. I don't know what I would do without it. To be a successful student at Motlow you have to be self-disciplined and have good time management skills. I think it's OK to have fun but your main priority is getting your work done. I don't have a lot of free time and I have to manage it very wisely."

Rivers graduated from Motlow with an associate of science degree. She enjoys biology, working in the lab and discovering things with the microscope. Her plans are to work in the medical field, preferably as a phlebotomist. She is continuing her education and basketball career at Bryan College in Dayton, Tenn.

Rivers wants prospective students to know, "The atmosphere at Motlow is great. The people here make you feel like you're at home; the teachers and faculty welcome you into any office. The attitude here is, if they can't help you, then they get on the phone and find somebody that can. People at Motlow, they make it happen!"