Milcic named Brentwood’s Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Saturday, July 14, 2018 | 12:45 AM

Rachel Milcic was a straight-A student in high school.

Her GPA her senior year at Brentwood was 4.789; her cumulative GPA stood at around 4.5.

She graduated as salutatorian in her 2018 class. She also was a four-year letter winner in three sports, and served as co-captain of the girls swim team.

Thanks to her impressive and high-achieving performance, Milcic was named female scholar-athlete of the year at Brentwood.

She was a natural.

“I’m really honored to be named the female scholar-athlete,” Milcic said. “I’ve always worked hard to maintain the best grades that I could while balancing my extracurricular activities and sports, and I never really focused on earning the award. It was just an added bonus to be honored with the award.”

Outside the classroom, Milcic’s schedule consisted of cross country in the fall, swimming in the winter months, and track and field in the spring. She competed in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter events, and ran a leg on the 3,200 relay.

“My favorite sport was definitely cross country, with swimming a close second,” Milcic said. “Both teams had many of my close friends, as well as a great team dynamic.”

Milcic was a member of the National Honor Society, and was on the Hometown High Q team at Brentwood for three years, serving as captain twice. Brentwood was represented by Milcic, Marie Stofesky and Steve Barton at this year’s Hometown High Q event.

“It’s always hard trying to cover so many topics to be prepared for anything they could throw at us, but we’ve always placed well enough to return the next year,” Milcic said. “I’m really glad I got a chance to be on the team, and I’m currently in the process of helping our new all-rookie team prepare for this year.”

Milcic’s high school schedule didn’t stop there.

She was a member of the marching band for four years, jazz band for three years, and the school musical’s pit orchestra for two years. She has played the clarinet for nine years, taught herself how to play the tenor saxophone three years ago, and picked up the bass clarinet this year.

Milcic also a two-year member of the Technology Students’ Association, and served as chapter president as a senior.

“Some of my favorite memories of high school come from being involved in so many activities,” she said. “My freshman year, our bus going from a cross country meet to the football game that night broke down as we tried to rescue another broken down band bus. It was a really hilarious way to start my cross country and band seasons. This year, the cross country members that were also in band found rides between the two venues, but the rest of the band showed up halfway into the first quarter (of the football game). Five of us had to try to drown out the crowd and play the fight songs when the team scored.”

This fall, she will attend Rochester Institute of Technology for mechanical engineering.

“I’m not competing in sports during college, but I will run and swim recreationally,” Milcic said. “Pitt was my No. 2 choice in schools, but the minute I heard I was accepted to RIT, I knew I’d commit there. RIT has an amazing co-operative learning program where I will earn a year’s worth of job experience. I’m able to try out several career options as well as perfect my interview skills through their co-op program, and hopefully one of the companies that I work with will offer me a career when I graduate.

“I one day hope to work with prosthetic limbs and exoskeletons.”

Ray Fisher is a freelance writer.

Ray Fisher is a contributing writer.

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