Star Student

Public speaking is not Rachel Alexander's strength. In fact, she has to try hard not to cry when the spotlight is on her.

"I don't really like to perform in front of people," she said. "It's not one of my strengths, but I'm getting better."

Her fear keeps her from joining the volleyball team or trying out to be a cheerleader.

But she's got other assets that more than make up for it.

The shy eighth-grader said her friends would describe her as shy and funny. Others would call her "sweet."

Alexander is quiet but well-spoken and studious.

"I've just always been one for school," she said.

She chose to work this year as a library aide and often can be found helping school secretary Beth Gilchrist sort mail or deliver messages.

"I thought it would be fun to learn about the library system," she said.

Alexander always tries to be helpful, and by her own account rarely gets into trouble.

"I try to stay out of trouble best I can," she said.

Outside of school, Alexander likes to hang out with her friends and go to the movies. She loves to dance.

"My friends think I'd be a really good cheerleader," she said.

The Craig native has her future pretty well-planned.

She wants to be a teacher.

"When I was little, I made my brother sit at a desk and play school," she said. "People say I'm great with kids."

She wants to teach kindergarten.

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