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Spotlight: Rachel Tripp

By: Haley Bonner 

Little do the students at Fort Mill High School know that there is an amazing singer walking the hallways with them each and every day. Rachel Caroline Tripp, a senior at Fort Mill, has been the lead in almost all the high school musicals since she has been here. She is a 17-year-old and has lived in Fort Mill her whole life.

Tripp started singing at the age of three, and it has been a part of her life ever since. “Music is my life, and I love it more than anything,” Tripp said. Her family is always very supportive of her, and her dad handles all the musical aspects of her career, such as playing the piano or just handling business.

There have been plenty of times to listen to her unmistakable voice. She sings the national anthem for football games every once in a while, but the next time you can really hear some amazing vocals will be in the fall musical, White Christmas, which will be in November. She thrives off the reaction from the crowd when she sings, and loves performing for people.

Tripp cannot wait to have a great time with her senior class this year and with her last two musicals at Fort Mill. “I love working together with the cast in the musicals, and Mr. Dove always does a great job,” Tripp said, when asked about her favorite part of the musicals. She has also performed as just an actress in some of the plays at Fort Mill. “Rachel has a wonderful presence on stage. She is always prepared to work and gives 100 percent at every rehearsal,” Elizabeth Williams, the drama teacher, said.

After high school, she would like attend Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Tripp plans on majoring in Commercial Music. She feels that her biggest accomplishment was being accepted into the Belmont camp over the summer. There were over 200 applicants, and only 32 were chosen. Tripp was very grateful to be one of the 32 and stayed 10 days, where she toured record labels and got to meet a lot of new people.

Before we know it, Tripp will be out of Fort Mill and on her way to the big city. She would like to be a singer/song writer when she grows up and even has her own website at www.racheltripp.com. She can be heard on the web, but be sure to come out to hear her voice and the fall production in November 

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