Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


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Richelle Reese, a senior at Hazelwood Central High School, is in the spotlight because of her effort to help her peers.

Many of Richelle's activities focus on helping others. As a peer leader, she promotes a drug- and alcohol-free lifestyle and helps students who are having problems at home or at school.

As a conflict mediator, she meets with students who have disputes and helps them find other methods of resolving their differences.

She plays a similar role as part of the visionary team, which visits with junior-high students who have disciplinary problems.

"We tell them it's important to get involved in high school so that they won't be tempted to get into trouble," says Richelle. "We become big brothers and sisters to them."

Richelle balances those responsibilities with a part-time job and her other extracurricular activities. She is concertmaster of the orchestra and has played violin for eight years. She is captain of the varsity cheerleading squad, which placed sixth at state this year. She also is president of the senior class and is a member of the Ambassadors, who are hosts for all Hazelwood Central events.

Richelle, who has a 3.4 grade-point average, is a member of the National Honor Society. She has taken part in Law Explorers and played in the pit band for the school musicals.

Richelle, 18, lives in Ferguson with her parents, Britt and Rosalind Reese, and her brother Ryan, 10. She has an older brother, Britt Jr., 22.

Here is what Richelle says:

After high school I plan to: major in political science and continue musical performance at Northeast Missouri State University. I plan to go to law school afterward.

The next item of clothing I would like to buy is: a Polo shirt and Polo shoes.

The best book I ever read was: "Sing, Swing and Getting Merry Like Christmas" by Maya Angelou.

I listen to: a combination of Majic 108, Q-104 and classical music.

I'm most proud of: my accomplishments in high school and how far I've come. …

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