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Squalicum’s Dorr receives $5,000 WIAA Smart Choices Scholarship

Squalicum’s Rachel Dorr boots one out of midfield during the first half of the Class 2A Girls' Soccer State Quarterfinals in November at Civic Field. Dorr has been selected a recipient of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s Smart Choices Scholarship.
Squalicum’s Rachel Dorr boots one out of midfield during the first half of the Class 2A Girls' Soccer State Quarterfinals in November at Civic Field. Dorr has been selected a recipient of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s Smart Choices Scholarship. For The Bellingham Herald

Squalicum senior Rachel Dorr was selected a recipient of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s fourth annual Smart Choices Scholarship on Friday, April 22.

Dorr joins boys’ winner Sebastian Hyta from Freeman in winning a $5,000 college scholarship.

“The Smart Choices Scholarship has showcased the best and brightest Washington has to offer,” WIAA Executive Director Mike Colbrese said in a press release announcing the scholarships. “Sebastian and Rachel are remarkable student-athletes that are deserving of this prestigious honor.”

Dorr will attend Gonzaga University, where she plans to pursue a degree in engineering.

She has starred for the Storm girls’ soccer and tennis teams in her four years at Squalicum.

“The Squalicum community is amazing,” Dorr said in the release. “I have grown so close not only to my classmates, but also my coaches, teachers and faculty during my time here. I could not have asked for a better experience.”

Dorr helped guide Squalicum to back-to-back Class 2A state soccer titles her junior and senior seasons and was a part of a team that made the state semifinals all four years of her high school career. The senior captain was an integral part of Squalicum’s defense, which allowed just four goals in 23 games last fall.

Though a knee injury cost her much of her junior soccer season, she was an all-state selection her sophomore and senior years.

She also bounced back in the spring on the tennis court to win a Class 2A doubles state championship with her twin sister, Kim, and they helped the Storm claim a Class 2A Academic State Championship in 2014. The duo was selected The Bellingham Herald’s All-Whatcom County Girls’ Tennis Players of the Year last spring.

Off the playing surfaces, Dorr lettered in music all four years at Squalicum and maintained a 4.0 grade-point average. She also served as sophomore class president, junior class representative and senior class vice president.

Dorr also is a member of the Whatcom Community Foundation Youth Philanthropy Committee, is a finalist for the Bellingham Masonic Award and won the American Association of University Women Award for math in 2015.

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