I am a senior at Truman High School, although I have not always been a Truman Patriot.

Note: Rachelle Davis will be writing a regular column for The Examiner’s Schools and Students page this school year.


I am a senior at Truman High School, although I have not always been a Truman Patriot.

I spent a good chunk of my childhood as an Odessa Bulldog. Then, I was a Holden Eagle for a couple of years. Finally, I was back in Odessa for my eighth grade year until after my sophomore year of high school.

Yes, I was not technically a Bulldog for two years, but in my heart I always was.

From sixth grade to my freshman year of high school I had dreamed of becoming a band director. That dream changed the second semester of my freshman year.

I will be the first to admit that when it comes to math I am not the person to ask. My grade in algebra stank, so my mom pulled me out of band, and I thought the world would end.

I began contemplating a new career choice and landed on teaching high school English.

I reasoned with myself that teaching English would be a better choice because I love to read and write. I love to explore the works of playwrights and poets. What career could be more perfect?

The summer following my sophomore year my mom married a man I am proud to call “Dad.” The only down side was that I had to leave friends and teachers that I cared about.

I was the new kid in school my junior year at Truman High. I was a Patriot. Oh goody! Not really.

But it was not long before I made friends and grew close to teachers.

In December 2009 I received a nomination for the National Young Leaders Conference. Immediately, I began making phone calls and arranging seven fundraisers. If I wanted to go, I would have to raise all the money needed.

I did it! In March I went to Washington, D.C., for six days. While there, I fell in love with politics and how the government functions.

One of the opportunities I received was to sit on the U.S. House of Representatives floor and listen to U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., speak. That was cool for me because he was a journalism major in college.

Another awesome opportunity was the National Press Club breakfast.

NPR reporter Tom Bowman, POLITICO’s assisstant managing editor Jeanne Cummings and ABC News Senior Congresssional Correspondent Jonathan Karl attended and answered questions about the media.

Both opportunities were beneficial for me for me because I have decided to pursue my passion of mine – journalism.

I am managing editor and copy editor for Truman High’s school newspaper The Spirit.

I am also writing a column regularly for the School and Students page.

I plan to attend the School of Journalism at MU. While there, I will double major in journalism and high school English.

I will make my dreams come true.