Top Achiever Rachel Klas, 18, has a lot of interests, but most of them have to do with being outside and in the water.
Klas, a Placerville resident who graduated from St. Francis High School in 2011, was captain of the St. Francis water polo team. “I love being in the water and was involved in water polo and swimming in high school.”
She has been a lifeguard at Placerville Aquatics Center since she was a freshman and is learning white-water kayaking.
Klas attends the University of Oregon at Eugene, majoring in psychology. “Psychology is really interesting, but I’m still trying to figure out what I want to do.”
College has been amazing, according to Klas. “I love it here. It’s so easy to get around since the campus is in downtown Eugene. The football team makes everything so spirited and fun, especially when they do well.”
In addition to her outdoor interests, Klas has been a long-time volunteer at Sierra School in Placerville. “I’m volunteering at the school during every vacation.”
During high school Klas maintained a 4.3 grade point average, was a member of St. Francis’ Mock Trial team and volunteered a lot of community service hours, including helping to build a house in New Orleans with Habitat for Humanity.
She has two younger sisters.