Rachel Samuelson

Rachel Samuelson has been dancing for 15 years, part of that on the Fremont High School dance team. She has earned a spot on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln cheerleading squad.

Courtesy FHS Journalism Department

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.

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“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.”


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