Rachel Kirkpatrick, Western Tech, soccer

Q&A --

October 04, 2006|By KATHERINE DUNN

The Wolverines senior is a center midfielder for the girls soccer team, and also plays lacrosse. A club soccer player since third grade, she officiates youth soccer. The honorable mention Maryland Distinguished Scholar carries a 3.82 grade point average. In her spare time, she helps her mother, Lisa Kirkpatrick, to gather clothes, toys and other items to send to the Lithuanian orphanage where her brother Paul, 13, was born.

Why is soccer your favorite sport?

Because I'm good at it and I feel I have a lot of confidence when I play. It's one of the things I can do and be completely confident I've made the right decisions.

What classes are you taking?

AP English, AP calculus, AP economics and honors anatomy and physiology.

You also take a psychology class at CCBC-Catonsville. How did that come about?

I heard about it last year in gym class with some seniors who did it. They said it was a good way to get college credit that you can transfer to a more expensive university, but you get the same education, so I decided that it'd be a good step up to the university level.

You've said you like animals and you've volunteered at the aquarium [the National Aquarium in Baltimore]. Do you have a lot of pets?

I'm a big bird person and so I have two cockatiels and my brother has a parakeet. I also bird-sit for one of my neighbors who has 16 birds, a lizard and five fish.

How did you mother's mission program get started?

My brother is from an orphanage in Lithuania and when my parents went there to get him, they saw that the kids didn't have shoes. They had tricycles without pedals. They don't get the care that they need. My mom thought this is a way that she can help them. There are so many children's clothes and toys in America and we can get them and send them and that's what she does.

You traveled to Honduras this summer. Why did you go there?

My parents decided that they wanted us to go on a family mission trip for family bonding and to help the orphanage. We sorted donations that were brought in because the orphanage is a basis for the outreach to the Honduran community.

What did you take away from that trip?

We stayed at a resort, but I also got to go into the community and to see how poor the people actually are. When you come back to America, people think they're poor, but you really have no idea what poor is until you see these people and you realize how much you have that you can give back to the community.

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