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RACHAEL SIMMONShTC School: Hammond High SchoolHometown: ColumbiaAge:...



hTC School: Hammond High School

Hometown: Columbia

Age: 18

Rachael, a senior, is ranked sixth in her class of 220 students. She has a cumulative grade-point average of 3.90 and has been on the principal's Honor Roll for four years. She took honorable mention in Maryland's Distinguished Scholar program.

She was named Student of the Month in the school choir last year and in independent research in 1993. Rachael is a tutor with the National Honor Society. She attended a leadership conference this year.

Rachael, an avid writer, had an article on teen Halloween traditions published in the Columbia Flyer in 1993. She published a booklet on how children interact with one another through her independent research studies.

Rachael was a finalist in the ABC Afterschool Special writing contest in 1992 with an outline for a story on stepfamilies. She took first place in the Howard County Drug-Free essay contest.

Rachael has been playing the violin since third grade and has received superior ratings in orchestra and choir festivals. She is a member of the Madrigals and performs with the Madrigal Singers. She is a member of the Color Guard and the Spanish Club.

Rachael has been involved in the productions of "Hello, Dolly!" as an actor and on the paint crew, "The Sound of Music" as an actor, "Voices From the High School" as makeup crew head, "The Pajama Game" as assistant matinee director and as an actor in "Once Upon a Mattress."

She has been on class council for three years.

Rachael is a member of the B'nai B'rith Youth Organization and has been an assistant and aide at three child care/preschools.

She designed holiday cards for the elderly and volunteers at a soup kitchen.

Plans: Rachael has been offered three academic scholarships and has been accepted at Goucher College, Western Maryland College, Kalamazoo College, Franklin and Marshall College and Towson State University. She plans to pursue a degree in communications and computer science.

"Going from middle school to a freshman in high school was difficult," she said. "The experience of having to balance my life -- will make it easier to go to college. I've learned to prioritize my life.

"I have no career plans now. Computer science and communications are majors you can use in about anything. I am going to find out what I can do with them."

Send nominations to Jill L. Kubatko, Student Standout, The Sun for Howard County, 5570 Sterrett Place, Suite 300, Columbia 21044. Please enclose a brief description of the student's activities and a phone number for the student.

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