By: Lauren Kirby
Rachel Tripp, a senior here at Fort Mill High School, has never been less than spectacular in all of her performances for our school. Whether it was performing at chorus concerts, during intermission at the pageants, or even just singing the National Anthem at a Friday night home game, Tripp has always amazed her peers. Around school most people know her as Sandy from Grease or as one of the other lead roles she has taken on from being a part of every school play since she was in middle school. Tripp certainly stands out in a crowd, but when it comes to her education she is just like every other student.
Just like most of the other seniors, Tripp has been looking to apply for as many scholarships as she can get. Back in September, Tripp’s mother was researching when she came across a scholarship that had her daughter’s name written all over it: scholarship program called Young Arts. After sending in an application, along with an audition tape of her singing two different songs, Tripp heard back from the program in November. The young singer was chosen along with 150 other finalists out of all 5,000 applicants from across the United States.
Just by being accepted into the Young Arts program, Tripp has already received a $1,000 scholarship but has the opportunity to win up to $10,000. Tripp leaves this weekend for an all-inclusive trip to Miami where she will work with famous performers and vocal coaches. The performer has one week to show off her talent and hopefully take home the grand prize. “I’m so excited just to be able to go to Miami and hopefully further my music career by building my network,” Tripp stated.
The money earned will go towards her education that she plans on continuing next year at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. Tripp wants to focus on her education while she is there, but hopes to perform as much as possible in the surrounding areas. She also plans on taking the time to make it to Nashville so she can continue writing and recording her music.
When asked who has influenced her music career the most, Tripp responded, “My dad; he has taught me everything I know about the industry and he always supports what I do.” This local star keeps amazing our town with her talent and hopefully the judges in Miami will feel the same. If you would like to keep up with Tripp’s performances, you can watch her perform on Monday night at 8 p.m. Just go to http://www.artsawards.org/. and cheer on Tripp as she makes Fort Mill proud.