In a time when most high school students are in front of the camera, Rachel Elmore chooses to be behind it.

The 18-year-old Parkway High School senior is currently enrolled in KPAW, her school’s broadcasting class. There she’s learned the way behind a camera and video editing.

“I got into that because I wanted to have a fun elective, and now I really do enjoy it,” she said. “It’s fun taking video and turning it into your own.”

While videography may be a top hobby, it’s not her ultimate plan. She wants to be a pediatrician and has wanted this for as long as she can remember. “I remember seeing this video about St. Jude’s Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser and I thought, I want to do that when I’m older,” she said. “It’s just stuck with me.”

She sees a crossover when it comes to her hobby and her career dream. “I feel like communications is just growing so rapidly, and with social media, you have all the different ways to reach people — even in pediatrics, if I have an idea and I want to run with it and research it, with video editing, I can get my idea out there,” she said. “People will get excited and intrigued about what I have to say because I can visually show them.”

She will pursue medicine this fall when she attends Northwestern State University in Natchitoches.

Rachel also is an avid tennis player, and at her school she’s a part of BETA, Red Jackets, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), First Priority and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD). She’s also vice president of student council. Needless to say, she’s busy.

In her downtime, she enjoys scuba diving. “I always like to push myself to try new things.”

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