|Current college||Virginia (2021-Present)|
|Stats||HDWhite • NAQT|
Em Gunter is a student at the University of Virginia and former high school player in Virginia. They joined PACE in 2021 and previously served as PACE's Director of Communications.
Em began playing quizbowl during their freshman year of high school, but scaled back involvement as a player in 2020 to dedicate more time to tournament direction and outreach. Em is currently at the University of Virginia, where they help with staffing and logistics.
In response to the cancellation of the 2020 ICT, Em worked with Will Alston to organize the 2020 Internet Charity Tournament, a Festivus-style weekend of vanity packet readings which raised $4,465.91 in charitable donations for the CDC Foundation. In June 2020 Em spoke at the David Riley Coaches Conference about outreach to under-represented populations and hosting quizbowl tournaments during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Em organized both the 2020 and 2021 editions of Festivus, introducing organizational changes like formalized schedules and sign-ups inspired by their earlier work on the Internet Charity Tournament. Donations were gathered for Partners in Health in 2020 and Be The Match in 2021.
In 2021, Em won the Benjamin Cooper Young Ambassador Award for their extraordinary commitment to outreach, both on a local level in central Virginia and on a national level by writing articles on outreach and helping tournament directors handle online logistics in the age of COVID-19.
That same year Em was the co-recipient (with Karan Gurazada) of the Robert Grierson Friend of Scholastic Bowl Award given by the IHSSBCA. The award was earned for "making widespread online quizbowl possible by automating crucial steps of the tournament creation process" and "perfecting and documenting a procedure for using CarlBot, a Discord role management system, to generate team and staff assignments". It marked only the third time the award was given to someone who primarily worked outside of Illinois.