Name: Rachel Craig
School: Columbus North High School
Parents, siblings and grandparents: Chris and Karol Craig, parents; Elizabeth and Allison Craig, siblings; and Dave Craig, Sue Jackson and Jerry and Mary Johnson, grandparents.
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Which elementary and middle school/junior high did you attend?
Harrison Parkway Elementary School, New Britton Elementary School, L. T. Ball Middle School, Riverside Junior High School, Fishers High School, Wethersfield High School and Columbus North.
What is your favorite class or part of the school day?
My favorite class of the school day is my Brit Masters Class because it is a fun class to end my day, and Mrs. Sanders always tells the funniest stories. The readings that we do also are very interesting.
In which extracurricular activities do you participate?
I participate in Key Club, Dance Marathon, Youth Leadership Bartholomew County, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, women’s soccer team, track and field. I hope to do more clubs this year because it is my second year at North.
When you’re not in school, where is your favorite place to be and why?
My favorite place to be is 13,000 feet in the air and high in the clouds. I went skydiving on my 18th birthday and it was by far one of the most fun and memorable experiences. Falling at a speed of about 140 mph and cold air whipping against your body — it’s an amazing adrenaline rush.
What has been your greatest high school memory so far and why?
My greatest high school memory was when three other girls and I broke the high school track record for the school I went to my sophomore year, which was Wethersfield High School in Connecticut. We broke the record in the 4×800 run. It was a goal for us to break the record, and it made me learn that hard work does pay off.
What are you looking forward to after graduation and why?
I am looking forward to being independent and starting the next chapter of my life in college. I am excited to meet new people and to open up to trying more new things.
Who in your life has inspired you or whom do you look up to and why?
I look up to my dad a lot. We have moved more than seven times, but it shows that working hard does get you places, and it moves you up in your career. He has worked so hard, and when I go into whatever I pursue, I will work hard to be the best I can be.
What is the most important thing you’ve learned during or from high school?
The most important thing I’ve learned is to stay positive no matter what situation you’re in and how hard it is. I moved to three different high schools, so I’ve seen many different environments in a short amount of time. It is easy to get scared and depressed and miss your friends a lot. It is a fast-changing world, so learning how to be change-agile is important.
Now you get to be the artist. Draw a picture, write a poem or create some artwork that represents you. It can be anything you choose.
This artwork I sketched is what skydiving is like.