Emily was named one of two January winners of the Top Ten on 10 Scholarship Award, sponsored by Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and WTHI.
Reed won the award for her academic work, community service and leadership.
"I was quite pleased and proud," Emily's father, Jeff, said.
The family found out about the award from a voicemail from Lynn Hughes, SMWC's Media Contact, but Emily received word from CCHS Principal Jeff Bell.
She said she was excited, amazed and surprised all rolled into one when she found out.
Emily is now eligible for a renewable $13,000 scholarship to SMWC, and could possibly win a $20,000 scholarship at a recognition dinner this spring.
On Jan. 22, WTHI News Anchor Abby Walton interviewed Emily at the WTHI studio in Terre Haute and, although the CCTV member had experience putting the news together, she said she was nervous.
"Abby Walton made me feel really comfortable. I had a nice conversation, and it happened to be taped," Emily said.
Before the award came the work for the three-sport athlete.
Emily has played basketball, volleyball and softball all four years of school, and is secretary for the German Club, the Bible Club and the Girls Athletic Association.
She's also active in Varsity Club, National Honor Society and Students Against Destructive Decisions.
Her time in SADD encouraged her desire to become an elementary school teacher.
Through Red Ribbon Week, SADD members went to Clay City Elementary to teach about the dangers of smoking, drugs and other bad habits.
"I loved going into the elementary school," Emily said.
"She's really worked hard throughout the course of school and in athletics," Jeff said.
Emily said she's completely honored by the award, and remembers the awe she had for an older student who previously received the award.
The best part is, SMWC has always been Emily's first choice for college.
"I was 90 percent sure that was where I wanted to go, and then I received the award and now I'm 100 percent sure," she said.
Emily lists her influences as God, her parents, all of her teachers and Bell.
"Ever since I was little, I looked up to my teachers so much. I knew that's what I wanted to go into," she said about her career path.
During her free time, Emily likes to spend time with her friends, boyfriend and youth group.
"I like being a normal teenager, when I have the time," Emily added.
Her father sees this scholarship as the beginning of great things for Emily.
"Everything she does, she does with pride," Jeff said. "Hopefully, this will be the foundation for a great career."