Besides earning high academic honors, junior Rachel Cox also plays cello in the school orchestra and is a force on the softball field. A Scecina Scholar Athlete, she has been a player on the Crusaders' Sectional and Regional championship varsity softball teams the past two years and also plays for the Indiana Shockwaves, a highly successful travel program.
Each week the Scecina Student Spotlight introduces the Crusader Community to a current Scecina student who has been a recipient of the President's Academic Excellence Award.
By Cari Gallagher '93
An integral part of the Eastside community for over 60 years, Scecina Memorial High School has a reputation for excellence earned by our focus on academics, complemented by athletics, the arts, and service. This reputation prompted Rachel Cox to enroll in the Crusader Class of 2017, and in just five semesters she has contributed to Scecina’s success story in every facet: mind, body, and spirit.
Rachel has achieved academic success with a career GPA of 4.08, which earned her the President’s Academic Excellence Award during her freshman and sophomore years. She is taking full advantage of Scecina’s diverse, college prep curriculum by studying physics, Honors English, and Orchestra, where she is an accomplished cellist. She particularly enjoys math and is one of just a few students to enroll in Advanced Placement Calculus as a junior.
Rachel says that balancing her rigorous coursework with sports and a social life is difficult. “My biggest challenge is succeeding in all aspects of my life,” she said. But Rachel knows that her efforts will help prepare her for the next steps on her journey, college and career. She is hoping to attend Hanover College, a private, liberal arts college located near the banks of the Ohio River in Hanover, Ind. She has not yet decided on her field of study.
Away from the classroom, Rachel is a force to be reckoned with on the softball diamond. She is the starting leftfielder for the Crusaders and an exceptional batter as well. She has contributed to the legacy of success that Scecina softball is known for: 12 consecutive Sectional championships and counting! In her two seasons on the varsity roster, Rachel and her teammates have earned back-to-back Sectional and Regional titles on their way the Semi-State round of the Indiana High School Athletic Association’s Annual State Softball Tournament. In addition to these team accomplishments, Rachel has earned ICC All-Conference honors and ICC All-Conference Academic honors, and has been recognized as a Scecina Scholar Athlete. During the high school off-season, Rachel continues to hone her softball skills by playing for the Indiana Shockwaves, a highly successful travel program.
Although her schoolwork and athletic activities keep Rachel very busy, she recognizes the importance of a well-rounded lifestyle and dedicating time to the service of others. As part of the Scecina Orchestra, she shares her musical gifts with the Crusader Community at events such as the Sacred Music Concert, Christmas Concert, and Spring Showcase. She also is a member of the National Honor Society, a nationwide organization that consists of many chapters in high schools around the country. Selection is based on four criteria: scholarship, leadership, service, and character. At Scecina members of the National Honor Society participate in peer tutoring and service projects such as collecting items for babies and mothers at the St. Elizabeth Coleman Center. This project has added significance for Rachel, who is deeply concerned about the value of all human life and would go on a crusade for the right to life and woman’s rights.
Rachel is the only child of Heather Cox, a marketing executive for an architectural firm, and Kipp Cox, an engineer. The family lives on the south side of Indianapolis.
Posted on Wed, February 17, 2016
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