Steamboat Springs High School senior Rachel Ivancie is the Optimist Club's Teen of the Month for March. During her high school career, Rachel has been involved in extracurricular activities including choir, theater, lacrosse, field hockey and figure skating, in addition to work with Advocates Against Battering and Abuse and employment as a barista at a Starbucks coffee shop, where she works 10 to 20 hours a week during the school year and full time in the summer.
"Music is my first love," Rachel wrote in her nomination form. "I love to sing and have done many things to further my vocal development. I have taken voice lessons on and off from sixth grade until my senior year. In high school, I have been a part of choir since I was a freshman and (have) taken a few solos at concerts throughout the years. Another musical outlet has been theater."
Rachel said she hopes to continue exploring her musical talents.
"As of right now, my goals are to keep up with my studies my senior year, get my applications done and grow musically as I start piano lessons," she wrote. "Some long-term goals would be (that) I would love to realistically keep going in my education as long as possible and make some sort of difference in the community I reside in. I love connecting with people around me, making friends and staying busy."
Rachel said her message to younger students would be to stay positive and enjoy life.
"For me, high school has carried much more than academics and worrying about the future, it's allowed me to grow into a confident young adult," she wrote. "The first part of advice would be to try to enjoy life, even school. Actively enjoying school is the only way to positively succeed, and there will be no other time in their life (that is) the same as these experiences. : It is important to pick something that you are passionate about; it doesn't have to be school-related but something to put your energy towards. : Without an outlet to express yourself it is impossible to put energy towards anything else."