Q. How long have you been going to the Sands Branch?
A. I started attending when I was in the second grade, so I have been a member for 10 years.
Q. What activities or programs are you a part of at the Club?
A. I am a part of Keystone which has reached the Legacy level three years in a row. I also participate in Teen sports and the LIT Program.
Q. How has the Club helped you in other aspects of your life – school, at home, sports?
A. When it comes to school; I am able to get homework done. The Club has helped with my social skills, I feel like I’ve become more outgoing because you can talk to everyone without being judged. Sports are a big part of our Club and everyone supports one another. I have learned so many new skills in basketball and flag football that no one else would have taken the time and effort to teach me.
Q. What advice would you give to younger kids about succeeding in life?
A. I would tell younger members to never give up on their dreams and take things day by day. I am following my dreams of getting into the medical field. I have been able to do this because I have been getting good grades and applied to a Medical Assistant program and got in.
Q. What’s your favorite thing about attending the Club?
A. My favorite thing about attending the Club is hanging out and talking with everyone. I love coming in because we are a family here and no one gets left out, like in high school with the different cliques.
Q. What would you be doing if you didn’t have the Club?
A. If I did not have the Club I’d be at home doing homework and watching Netflix. I probably would not have as many friends as I do now.
Q. What are your future plans?
A. My future plans are to continue with school after high school and get my Bachelor’s degree. I would like to get into Medical School at the University of Iowa and specialize in Orthopedic surgery.
Rachel Howard is a junior at Deer Valley High School and attends Louis & Elizabeth Sands Branch.