'Rachel's Challenge' message inspires Nampa students

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by Mike Kehoe, KTVB producer

KING5.com

Posted on February 3, 2011 at 1:52 PM

NAMPA -- It is a story of how one teenage girl has impacted millions of lives long after her life was tragically taken.

It's called "Rachel's Challenge" in memory of a Colorado student killed in the Columbine High School massacre.

That horrific event happened 10 years ago this April, but it continues to impact millions of lives for the better!

"I just remember my mom telling me about the different things that happened," said Trenton Armas, Skyview High School senior.

Most of these Skyview High School students were too young to remember what happened on April 20, 1999, when two Colorado students shot up their high school, leaving 13 people dead.

One of those victims was Rachel Scott -- a teenage girl with a vision to change the world for the better.

"Rachel was 17 when she was killed and a lot of these kids are 17 right now, so they understand the issues and problems she was going through," said Derek Kilgore.

Derek Kilgore travels to schools nationwide to share about Rachel and her five-part challenge inspired by the girl's personal diaries.

"It really teaches you to really look at what you have right now and in one second it could be gone, so you should really look around and see what you have and who you have with you," said senior Segan Millard.

To accept Rachel's Challenge is to eliminate prejudice, set high goals, choose positive influences, perform small acts of kindness, and let those around you know how special they are.

"Keep your friends and family close -- everyday every minute might be your last chance with them," said senior Carly Dranginis.

"Respect people how you want to be respected," said senior Alex Salazar.

"Not to judge people before you get to know them," said Armas.

"I think it's so cool she was kind to everybody," said senior Chelsie Barnes.

Although her life was cut short, Rachel's legacy continues to touch many hearts, inspire the soul -- and even change lives.

"I love seeing the impact firsthand and being able to give something to someone and say this story can literally change your life if you really accept it and listen to it," said Kilgore.

Rachel's Challenge will be presented to 40 Boise-area schools this year and shared at a couple of schools Monday that includes Skyview High School in Nampa and Robert Stuart Middle School in Twin Falls.

Parents are invited to return at 7 p.m. as a family to hear Rachel's message together.

Then there's the main event to be held Wednesday, March 18 at the Idaho Center in Nampa.

Rachel's brother will share his personal story about his sister and her challenge.

It starts at 7 p.m. and is free to the public.

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