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About Rachael Fiege
However, in many other ways she was exceptional. Her work ethic in academics and sports was enviable. She was well liked universally. She loved her friends like they were family and she was fiercely loyal to each. She was a peace-broker not an instigator. Rachael believed in the inherent goodness in everyone.
She championed the cause of the underdog and treated those who other teens might ridicule with compassion and respect. She volunteered at an animal shelter. She worked with physically, mentally and economically disadvantaged youth, not only at school but also on the soccer field. It was not uncommon for Rachael to ask the special needs students with whom she worked to join her and her friends at the lunch table.
She was zany, fun loving and edgy. She loved her many earrings and Converse tennis shoes. She was the kind of daughter that would make any parent proud, and the kind of friend that everyone would want as their own. She was beautiful, both inside and out.
Rachael’s First Week is dedicated to the concept of “always look out for each other”; which sometimes means making unpopular decisions to save a friend, to save a life.