NEXT GENERATION: Rachel riding high in the saddle

RACHEL VANDEUSEN RGBRachel VanDeusen is a good student and altar server, loves playing sports and watching YouTube videos and enjoys spending time with her friends. But her real passion involves tall, four-legged creatures. Rachel is a lover of horses and really loves to spend time riding them.

How and when did you start riding horses?

I started taking lessons in second grade when I was 7. Since I was very young, I have always had a love for horses. My Dad’s friend owns a horse and she was nice enough to let me ride her horse, and now her daughter is my trainer.

Why do you like horses so much?

Horses bring me to a happy place. If I’m having a bad day, seeing of the horses brightens my day. I find horses to be amazing animals and one day I hope to pursue a career which involves horses.

Do you have a favorite horse?

I have a few favorite horses, Pink Floyd and Moe. Pink Floyd was the first horse I learned to ride, but he had to be put down, and Moe is the horse I ride now; although I have to say, all the horses I am around and ride I love.

What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of YouTube videos do you watch?

I will listen to almost any kind of music. My favorite kind of music is pop. A few of my favorite groups are Troye Sivan, Pentatonix and Adele. I watch makeup tutorials, or videos that are just for entertainment.

At school, you’re a hard worker and will be taking four advanced courses. Is that a lot of work and do you like doing it?

During the 2016-2017 school year, I will be taking four advanced classes – English honors, AP world history, trigonometry and chemistry. Taking these classes is a lot of work and very time consuming, but I like that I have the ability to advance and it’s rewarding to be ahead.

You’re an altar server at Mount Carmel / Blessed Sacrament. Why did you want to become a server?

I became an altar server because I liked watching the servers during Mass when I was younger. Once I was old enough I joined and I had a great serving team when I first started, so that was a bonus.

What’s your favorite part about serving?

My favorite part is knowing that I am helping the church. It is great that we have Father Cesta as our priest because he’s a great guy, kind, funny and good to be around.

What do you like best about our parish?

I love the beauty of our parish; the artwork is beautiful. All of the paintings and stained glass are amazing to look at.

In the future, how would you like to continue to serve in the parish?

I will continue to volunteer at the parish festival for years to come. I will continue to attend Mass as I get older and maybe will even get married there as I am the fourth generation to attend Mount Carmel / Blessed Sacrament.

Is faith a big part of your life?

Faith is a good part of my life. I have attended the religion classes at Mount Carmel / Blessed Sacrament since first grade and I have always attended Mass with my family. I think about my faith quite frequently.

What would you like people to know about you?

My family and friends are a great part of my life and I cherish the time I spend with them. I work hard on everything I do. My education is very important to me and I think ahead to try to plan my future. I plan to go to college for something in the medical field. I am thinking about radiology or equine therapy. I love to travel and plan to travel all over the world. I like to take pictures so I am able to see all the moments of my life journey.

RACHEL VanDEUSEN

Age: 14.

School: Will be a sophomore in the fall at Westmoreland Central.

Family: Mom Sandy, dad Rob, brother Mark and a large extended family.

Things you like to do in your spare time: Be with friends and family, listen to music, watch YouTube videos and horseback ride.

Favorite movie: “Flicka.”

Favorite TV show: “Grey’s Anatomy.”

Favorite musician or entertainer: “Troye Sivan.”

Favorite book: “The Fault in Our Stars.”