After graduating from Fremont High School Sunday, Rachel Samuelson will be dancing her way to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Fremont's graduation ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Memorial Field. In case of rain, the ceremony will be held at Midland University's Event Center.
Samuelson, who has been a dancer most of her life and was a member of the FHS Dance Team, will become a member of the UNL cheerleading squad.
“I have been dancing for 15 years,” Samuelson said. “I wanted to try out for the cheer squad at UNL because I wanted to keep performing in college.”
Samuelson believes her background in dance will help her quite a bit while cheering for the Huskers because they do a lot of dances and fight songs on the sidelines.
Although she is excited to be a part of the squad, this opportunity did not come easily for Samuelson.
“I had to practice jumps and work on being sharp,” she said. “Try-outs were super stressful. We had to learn several dances and cheers, take a Nebraska Athletics quiz, be interviewed by a panel of judges, and do a timed run.”
Not only does Samuelson excel on the dance floor, but also in the classroom. She scored a near perfect 34 on the ACT.
“I prepared myself for the ACT by taking a couple practice quizzes,” Samuelson said.
Samuelson plans to major in nutritional science and pre-med.
She is also involved in cross country, tennis, choir and chorale.
Samuelson said she will miss a lot of things about FHS, but mostly playing sports and all the people she has met.
“If I could give underclassmen advice for high school, I would say don’t be afraid to try things,” Samuelson said. “Don’t be afraid to go out for a new sport or eat at a sketchy restaurant.”