Routt star Emma Terwische signs with Clarke University

Growing up, Routt’s Emma Terwische was fascinated by “Criminal Minds” and other police procedurals on television.

She recently stepped up to join Hotch, JJ, Prentiss and her other childhood role models — not on screen, but in real life — when she signed with Clarke University.

Terwische, a track star at Routt, earlier this month accepted athletic and academic scholarships to attend Clarke, a small Catholic college in Dubuque, Iowa. “It’s beautiful up there too,” she said.

Terwische will major in biology with a minor in chemistry. “After undergraduate, I’m going to go to graduate school and get my forensic degree,” she said.


One day, she hopes to work for the FBI, a career path she was inspired to pursue while watching “Criminal Minds” and other crime shows. “It’s always piqued my curiosity,” she said.

Terwische has always excelled in math and science. “I’ve always been good at math, ever since I was little,” she says. “And science. It became easy for me.

Terwische has also always excelled in athletics. An avid runner from a young age, she really got into the track as a seventh grader at Jacksonville Middle School.

“I don’t know,” she said. “I just like running for some reason.”

Terwische holds school records in Routt in the 300-meter hurdles and long jump, and is tied for first place in the 100 hurdles. She was a member of the 4×400 relay team that set the school record in this event in 2019.

Terwische finished 14th in the 300 hurdles at the Illinois High School Association State Track Meet last season.

She also participates in the pole vault in Routt.