Canaan Memorial High School senior Rachel Riley has been awarded the University of Vermont's Green and Gold Scholarship. This full tuition, four-year merit scholarship, currently valued at over $53,000, is directed to top-rated seniors attending Vermont high schools, including all public and select private high schools in Vermont and border high schools. Rachel was nominated by Canaan principal Debbie Lynch as the school's student who has achieved the highest academic distinction at the end of her junior year, based on the student's ninth through 11th grade record.
At Canaan Memorial High School, Rachel takes the toughest classes available, pursuing Running Start courses when she surpasses the curriculum offered, and consistently makes her school's high honor roll while carrying a full college preparatory course load. She has received recognition for her pursuit of excellence in the form of Academic Awards in nearly every subject. Rachel sings in her school's chorus, plays piano, is a scholar athlete playing soccer, softball, and involved with Tae Kwon Do, and is also the elected secretary of Key Club. Rachel is a very involved member of her school community and adeptly balances academics with extracurricular activities. Rachel has also been an active member of the Lyndon State College Upward Bound program.
Rachel's commitment to community service has also been remarkable. She has volunteered more than 225 hours with Riverside Life Enrichment Center working with the elderly, and at Dr. Toll's pediatrician office, where she helped RN's in aspects of patient care, procedure, and observed during appointments and work done in the lab. She has also volunteered at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital's Birthing Center where she was able to observe many stages of pregnancy and infant care and support nurses' preparation for local health education programming.
Rachel sought out these volunteer positions based on her strong and lifelong interest in pursuing a career in medicine or nursing. In 2011 Rachel's leadership abilities were recognized when she was chosen to represent the Upward Bound Program at the New England Student Leadership Conference. Rachel challenged herself on the high ropes course -- although she is terrified of heights -- and worked with diverse college bound peers from across New England on leadership and goal building activities. Through these social, cultural, professional, and academic experiences Rachel has grown immensely, and has developed the skills to become the University's Green and Gold Scholar.
Rachel is the daughter of Carmen and Ross Riley of Canaan.