Rachel's Challenge comes to Shaker

There are five parts to Rachel's Challenge, and Shaker High School student who follow them will help Rachel Scott's legacy live on.

Rachel Scott was one of the victims of the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School, in Columbine, Colo., in which two students, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold shot and killed 12 students and a teacher while wounding 23 others before committing suicide. Scott was 17 years old when she was killed, and she was the first to be shot in the incident.

Shortly after her death, Scott's father read through her diaries, learning about the qualities Rachel worked on possessing, as well as inspiring others to have. Shortly after her death, her parents began a national movement to teach high school students across the country about their daughter and inspire them to be the model citizens Rachel wanted her peers to be.

According to Mark Kaercher, a math teacher at Shaker High School, the school's character education committee came up with the idea to bring Rachel's Challenge to Shaker this year.

The day of the program, which is March 12, there's going to be three different sessions. We needed to do it in three sessions to be able to accommodate all of the students, Kaercher said.

After the program, several students chosen to be Friends of Rachel, or student leaders, and will meet with the presenter for an extended amount of time after school to train to carry on the movement throughout the school year.

Those students who will become Friends of Rachel will be nominated by their teachers and peers this week.

Lisa Rauche, a health teacher at the high school who is also on the character education committee, explained that the day will start off with all students attending a presentation.

Typically, Rauche said, the representative from Rachel's Challenge that comes to speak is one of Scott's family members, although the representative coming to Shaker this year is not a direct family member.

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