Rachel Sylvia Wagner
School: Joel Barlow High School
College Plans: Tufts University
Major: Environmental Policy and Spanish
Professional Plans: Environmental Lawyer
Honors: National Honor Society, Recipient of the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials (IAABO) Donald J. Lomme/Joseph A. Gintoli Student Athlete Award Scholarship, Selected as sole female scholar-athlete to represent Joel Barlow High School on a state level for the 2017-18 academic year (Connecticut Association of Schools Award) (2018), Third place finisher for Environmental Science Proposal at Connecticut STEM Foundation Science Fair Competition, received monetary reward (2018), Winner of schoolwide Spotlight Award for leadership, service, and character (2018), Selected from a large pool of applicants to present the results of my science research project at the 55th Connecticut Junior Science and Humanities Symposium Stem Exhibition at University of Connecticut (UConn) Health and Medical Center (2018), Published artist of 3D work in school magazine, The Wayfarer (2017), Recipient of grant for GreenLeaf schools for significant progress on Operation Compost (2017), Selected to receive full funding to compete at Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair (2017), Selected to receive full funding to compete at Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (2017), Selected to receive full funding to compete at Connecticut Stem Foundation Science Fair (2017), Recipient of the Alvin Ruml Environmental Studies Prize (2017), Spanish Honor Society Inductee (2016)
Activities: Soccer, Track and Field, Student founder/designer of Parachutes for the Planet project for Earth Day parachutes to be displayed in Washington, D.C. (2018), Co-founder/initiator of work-study program for special needs students at Joel Barlow High School (2018), Creator/Manager of Operation Compost, (a schoolwide initiative motivating students and faculty alike to compost), Peer mentor for AP Environmental Science course (2017-18), Student participant in SafeRides program – transported fellow peers safely home in potentially dangerous circumstances (2017-18), Peer mentor via Role Model Mentors – a privately owned tutoring association for high-achieving high school students to tutor middle and elementary school students in academics, art, and sports (2017), President, Barlow Spanish Club (2016-17, 2017-18), Co-captain, Varsity Girls Basketball (2017-18)
Rachel also enjoys participating in Women’s Equality and Humanity rallies and volunteering. She also likes coaching basketball and refurbished sculpting.
We look forward to meeting you at the 2018 National Youth Science Camp, Rachel!