Super Kid

Cello, anyone? Is member of the Lynnwood High School orchestra. Has learned to love playing the cello, even though it wasn’t her first choice. “In the fifth grade, I wanted to play the bass but they wouldn’t let me, so I ended up with the cello.”

On the run: Co-captain of the high school cross country team after joining as a sophomore. “It just makes you feel good. You run together. You set a goal. You are all friends. When you are in a race, everyone’s going through the same thing, trying to push themselves for the team.”

Classes: Takes a tough schedule, including college level advanced-placement classes in government, calculus and English. Also taking orchestra, physics and third-year French. Maintains a 3.8 grade point average.

Hopes and dreams: Wants to attend Whitman College in Walla Walla next year after visiting it over the summer. Could pursue a history or political science major and is interested in international relations.

Senior project: Redecorating a room for her 10-year-old brother, John.

Helping at home: Sister, Amy, has a rare genetic disorder. At 14, she is fed through tubes and developmentally about nine to 11 months old. Rachel helps at home, but appreciates the long hours her mom, Liz, spends caring for Amy. “My mom is amazing.”

Camper at heart: Looks forward to Catholic Youth Organization camp each summer. Next summer, she will go from being a camper to a counselor. Last summer camp was along the south Puget Sound. “I love it there. It’s the highlight of my year. … It’s the place where my SAT (score) doesn’t matter, where my class rank isn’t something to think about. I can just be myself.”

Likes LHS: “We are a family here.”

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