Lacey Fraser Central Catholic High School Graduate

08/27/2008 3:54 PM

08/27/2008 3:56 PM

You could call Lacey a "drama queen." The speech and debate kind of drama queen, that is.

Lacey participated in Central Catholic High School's public-speaking program for four years, and she even was co-captain of the team.

"I've done mostly dramatic monologues," the 18-year-old said. "You don't have props or costumes, but you use your voice and hands."

Lacey became interested in speech and debate when she went as an eighth-grader to Central Catholic's open house for incoming students. However, after she enrolled in the class, her first speech competition did not got as well as she had planned.

"I got up to (deliver my speech) that was supposed to be eight to 10 minutes. I forgot a lot of it and sat down after two minutes," Lacey said.

Her speech teacher kept telling her she could do it, and she worked hard. Her efforts paid off, and during her junior and senior years in high school, Lacey went to the state competition.

Lacey took honors classes in high school and played softball for her first three years there. She also was a student body commissioner for a year and was voted by her peers "most likely to succeed" and "Raider of the Year."* * *

Lacey also loves to travel. "I've been to Disneyland more times than almost anyone, as well as to Australia and New Zealand. I'm also hoping to travel to Italy and Greece at some point," she said.

Her speech and debate coach, Ralph Driggs, said, "Lacey is never one to ask for anything, but insists on giving. (She is) a warm and loving young lady."* * *

Lacey will be attending the University of San Francisco in the fall and hopes to become a nurse.

    

FAMILY: parents, David and Jackie Fraser; sister, Megan, 13

HOBBIES: Reading, traveling, speech and debate, and softball

BIGGEST INFLUENCE: My mom because she's always upbeat and optimistic.

LAST BOOK I READ FOR PLEASURE: "Breaking Dawn," by Stephanie Meyer

FAVORITE TV SHOW: "House"

FAVORITE KIND OF MUSIC: Show tunes

BIGGEST FEAR: Rejection

WHAT I WOULD TELL THE PRESIDENT: Stick to your morals.

ADVICE FOR KIDS: Never give up.

ADVICE FOR ADULTS: Never forget what you love to do.

WHERE I'LL BE IN 10 YEARS: Hopefully, I'll be a nurse and traveling the world.

— KATIE MUSSMAN / TEENS IN THE NEWSROOM

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