All Scholastic Sports Team


FOR THE 22ND CONSECUTIVE YEAR, WTOK BRINGS YOU THE ALL-SCHOLASTIC SPORTS TEAM. EACH OF THE NEXT 12 THURSDAYS, WE'LL INTRODUCE YOU TO SOME OF THE FINEST SENIOR STUDENT-ATHLETES IN EAST MISSISSIPPI AND WEST ALABAMA. TONIGHT, I'LL INTRODUCE YOU TO THE FIRST... MISS RACHEL VARELA.

RACHEL VARELA HAS BEEN PLAYING TENNIS AS LONG AS SHE CAN REMEMBER.

WHEN I WAS ABOUT FOUR I'D GO WITH MY PARENTS TO THE TENNIS COURTS. I WASN'T TOO GOOD THEN BUT IT'S A FAMILY SPORT.

BUT TO SAY SHE'S A GREAT TENNIS PLAYER DOESN'T DO HER JUSTICE. THE LAMAR SENIOR IS TIED FOR ACADEMIC NUMBER ONE IN HER CLASS.

SHE'S ONE OF THOSE EXCEPTIONAL STUDENTS WHO CAN MAKE EVEN TIRED ENGLISH TEACHERS WANT TO READY MORE. WHETHER SHE'S WRITING ABOUT AN OBSCURE POEM OR HER MINNESOTA SUMMERS AT HER FAMILY CABIN, SHE TRULY ENGAGES THE READER.

RACHEL IS PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY, A MOCK TRIAL PARTICIPANT AND PART OF THE CATHOLIC YOUTH OF MERIDIAN. SHE'S ALSO A TERRIFIC ACTRESS.

"STAGE 2 IS A TEEN THEATER GROUP AND WE'RE PUTTING ON A PRODUCTION COME APRIL AND YOURS TRULY WILL BE MISSES PONTABURR."

WHETHER SHE'S ACT JAISMAN IN ALADDIN, AUNT ELLER IN OKLAHOMA OR STUDENT DIRECTING BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, RACHEL LOVES THE STAGE. AND DID I MENTION SHE PLAYS TENNIS.

SHE'S BEEN PART OF A TEAM THAT'S WON THE LAST TWO 2-A STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS. SHE DOESN'T HAVE ANY WEAKNESSES. YOU HAVE TO BEAT HER. SHE WON'T BEAT HERSELF.

"I LOVE THAT IT'S A VERY MENTAL SPORT."

A YEAR AGO, RACHEL WAS VOTED MERIDIAN'S MOST DISTINGUISHED YOUNG WOMAN, BUT THERE'S ONE MORE TITLE AMONG MANY THAT SHE'S EARNED. GIVER.

"SHE SERVES MEALS AT LOVE'S KITCHEN, WORKS FOR HABITAT FOR HUMANITY. I JUST KNOW ONE DAY WE'RE GONNA LOOK ON THE COVER OF A BOOK OR THE CREDITS OF A FILM AND WE'LL SEE HER NAME THERE. "

LOUIS MONTESI, NEWSCENTER 11.


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