Whether it’s singing or acting, Rachel Franks has a flair for the dramatic.
The Marcus High School senior is an officer in the school’s choir, a member of the A Capella group at MHS, called Fusion, in addition to being a member of the National Thespian Society; but, her greatest passion in life is her faith.
Franks said she feels it is her calling in life to serve the Lord and others and said that is exactly what she intends to do.
“I am planning on attending Southwestern Assemblies of God University and double majoring in vocal performance and Intercultural Studies; and, minoring in Worship Arts,” Franks said. “In the future, I would like to be a worship pastor, and do missions in the deaf community, as I am fluent in American Sign Language [ASL]. I have developed a passion for sharing the word of God and hope to do that in whatever capacity He allows.”
Franks, 17, is also a member of the National Honor Society, an officer in Circle of Friends and has organized prayer and worship gatherings at MHS such as See you at the Pole.
“I also am trying to organize a teen girls conference to encourage this generation of young women to embrace how God views them, rather than how society tells us to view ourselves,” Franks said.
The Marcus senior was also the winner of the 2016 Marcus Idol competition (a student talent competition), is a member of the ASL Honor Society, plus the Tri-M Music Honor Society, all while carrying a 4.7 grade point average.
The Highland Village teen said the best thing about being a young person today is the character it builds for adulthood.
“Honestly, I think being a teenager is really hard, because of all the things coming against us in today’s society,” Franks said. “Bullying rates are sky high and, academically, society has set this impossible standard for us to reach. However, I think that by going through these things, we– as a generation– are much stronger and fit to succeed in our lives, because of how much perseverance we have built in our younger years.”
Franks is ranked 104th in her graduating class of 896 students.
Favorite Subject: American Sign Language
Person who most inspires me: Paul in the Bible
Favorite Food: Red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting
Favorite Movie: The Princess Bride
Favorite TV Show: Castle
Book Currently Reading: How to Worship a King by Zach Neese
Favorite Musical Group or Performer: Nina Simone