Rachel Wood

Wooster High School

GPA: 4.0 Rank: First out of 287

College: The Catholic University of America

Intended major(s): English and theology

Social media site(s) you use the most: Snapchat

Apple or Android: Apple

Favorite subject: English

Person(s) — other than parent(s) — who were biggest influence on you and why: My two older brothers, Paul and David, have always inspired me to work hard, have fun, and be generous with others. I have had many wonderful English teachers, but two in particular — Mrs. Hiner and Ms. Coppola — inspired me with their passion for language and fostered my love of literature and creative writing through their incredible teaching. Finally, Mrs. Mater, a close family friend, has also encouraged me to live out my faith joyfully and defend the vulnerable in society.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years: In 10 years, I hope to have an advanced degree in English and/or theology, be teaching English at the secondary level or higher, and have published my first novel.

“If I were president, I would ...” promote peace at home and abroad, support the rights of the most vulnerable, and search for a wise and compassionate solution for helping immigrants.

Favorite high school memory: My favorite high school memory was when after months of effort and many tournaments, my entire Original Oratory squad (a speech category on our speech and debate team) qualified to the state tournament. We knew we couldn’t have done it without each other, and we had a blast and nearly all made it to the final round.