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Rachel Mancini – Class of 2019

Rachel Mancini – Class of 2019

Hey everyone! My name is Rachel Mancini,

I run on the track team here at BHS, and am also a member of Brunswick’s Camerata orchestra. I spend a lot of my time playing the violin, and have been a violinist since I was 8 years old.  My priorities have always been in music, which is how I spend a majority of my summer (and school year). Each year I participate in the Regional Orchestra, and I’m also a current member of the Contemporary Youth Orchestra (CYO). With rehearsals, private lessons, and audition prep, I’m almost always busy. However I love checking out art museums, listening to music, snowboarding, and discovering new coffee shops with my dad. I’d also like to add that I’m from the Orlando area. My family typically goes down every summer to see old friends, go to the beach, and even go surfing. Whenever I get the chance I really enjoy visiting new places as well. As cliche as it sounds, it is one of my life goals to see the world. I think traveling is crucial, not only is it great to expand your comfort zone but it can also help you get a more clear perception of how the rest of the world lives.

Well that’s pretty much it for me, I hope you enjoy reading my future blogs about the rest of my summer and Brunswick experience (:

Below are a couple photos showing my 4×400 relay team, a shot from my violin recital at the beginning of this summer, and a picture I took during my recent visit to NYC.               

(ALSO I plan to leave a song to check out [of all genres] at the end of each of my future blogs. Something I’ve been listening to a lot, or a piece that I’m working on. Hope you enjoy them!!) 


One Month Until School Already?

One Month Until School Already?

Hi Everybody!

While the back-to-school days are approaching again, most have probably not realized that summer is already past halfway over and we have less than a month until school starts back up again. Crazy! However, without a doubt, I can say that this summer has been the best time of my life. Getting my license before summer unveiled an enormous amount of opportunities to hang out with friends and accomplish some of my goals. Allowing me within the past month to do things I’ve only imagined about, as I was finally able to purchase a photography drone that I had aspired to buy for the past year now. A couple of days after that, my family and I left to travel to both South Carolina and Georgia for our vacation. I had a blast and I was finally able to get a tan, although, I had to leave vacation a day early to fly to South Dakota alone to play at a regional soccer tournament. One of the best experiences of my life, as I got to compete and watch extremely high levels of soccer and see Falls Park (Picture Below). After arriving back home, I have been overwhelmed with High School soccer fitness everyday of the week, work, and hanging out with friends. I have been soooo busy! Summer is going by in a flash!


summer update

summer update

Hi everyone! It has been a crazy summer so far, and I can’t believe how fast it’s going. So much has happened already. I have spent a ton of time with my friends and done a ton of cool stuff. exploring downtown, cedar point, the beach, movies, Crocker park, cavs watch parties, and more. People are always complaining that there is nothing to do in Brunswick/Ohio but there are so many cool things you can do without spending a lot of money! Some ideas are clay park, edgewater/Huntington Beach, whips ledges, canoeing at hinckley, West side market, the Aut-O-Rama drive in, or get cheap (but really good) food in Medina square.

I have also learned a lot of hard but valuable lessons this summer, people aren’t always what they seem, no matter how long you have known them or how well you think you know them, they can surprise you and turn out to be completely different. I have also learned the value of true friends. True friends will stick up for you in all situations, and stay by your side when times are tough. And sometimes it’s better to have a few true friends then dozens of acquaintances. On that note I also think there is something to be said about putting down your phone. Constantly I have been sucked into drama or fights this summer that wouldn’t have existed if it weren’t for group chats or Snapchat, and stupid things have led to huge fights. I will go to check my phone and suddenly realize that 45 Minutes have passed while I was wasting my time on crazy drama. I honestly feel so much better when I check in with a few friends and then just put my phone down and go swimming or read a book. It is SO easy, especially in this day in age, to get caught up in the drama around you. But sometimes you have to put everything in perspective and realize how lucky you are, and how these seemingly huge problems are actually so insignificant.

As the date marking the new school year gets closer, I can’t help but feel a little excited, for cheerleading, homecoming, football games, seeing people that you haven’t seen all summer & even starting new classes! I hope you all enjoy the rest of your day (and summer) lots! Thankyou for reading

– Alexandria

Greetings from the Great Smoky Mountains!

Greetings from the Great Smoky Mountains!

While I love and cherish every minute I get to spend in the theatre, it’s also a lot of hard work – more than one might think. Back in May and early June, I was putting in about 12-15 rehearsal hours a week working on A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum at The Cassidy Theatre as I mentioned before. And that’s aside from the hustle and bustle of working a part-time job, taking voice lessons, trying to maintain a social life, spending time with family, and everything else that comes along.


After the show closed on Sunday, June 25, instead of auditioning for another summer production, I decided it was time to take some time away from the stage to recenter. And the training and practice never stops, mind you. I wake up every single day with one goal: To continue to grow as an artist and in some way work to refine my craft. However, stepping off of the stage for the rest of the summer was something I felt personally necessary. With college auditions coming up this fall, it’s important that I don’t wear myself too thin. So until school is back in session, it’s time for some summer fun!


This week, I am writing from my family vacation in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, where we are staying for a week in a cozy cabin in the beautiful Smoky Mountains. It’s absolutely beautiful here! The area is an absolutely perfect balance of tourist areas and a beautiful scenic view of the mountains in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. You feel secluded and cozy. Yet, you’re never more than five minutes from every restaurant you could ever want, and not to mention the huge variety of tourist attractions. It’s a perfect vacation destination!

One of my favorite encounters – It was bright and early this Monday morning, and I was heading outside to grab something from the car to bring back inside the cabin. Who do I meet along the way? This baby black bear! I wanted so badly to pet it and tell it that it was a good bear, but I used my common sense and stayed away. It was definitely hard to keep away from that cute face, though!
Here’s me on a visit to Cades Cove, a scenic auto tour in the heart of the national park. It offers tours of historic buildings from early settlers and this breathtaking view of the Smoky Mountains! This stunning area never fails to leave me in awe of its natural beauty.
Of course, you have to take advantage of the thrills offered by the various local tourist attractions. So the family and I buckled up and headed out onto the speedway in our go-karts! We had a blast together. I like to tell myself that I came in first place despite the fact that I most likely (most definitely) did not.

Having this time with my family is always something that I treasure. With theatre, school, extracurriculars, a job, and all the other inevitable factors of life, it can be hard to find time for anything at all. So I’ve decided to take advantage of this vacation and the rest of the summer while it lasts; notice the little moments, laugh with the people I love, and create memories that will last forever.


I look forward to returning to BHS in August. I definitely miss my theatre and choir families like crazy! That first time back on the PAC stage is always so refreshing, and going back into the choir room feels like coming home. However, until then, I’m going to make the most of summer vacation.


From here in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, I hope that everyone is having and continues to have a great summer! And please be sure to check back for more blogging before school resumes!!

Summer update!

Summer update!

Hello everyone! I hope you’re having a great summer so far and that you’re making TONS of unforgettable memories. Like I said in my last post, I’m going to be writing about my summer, so here’s the beginning of those adventures!
A couple weeks back, my wonderful mother took a couple of friends and I into the Cavs watch party for game 5. Although there was no such thing as a happy ending that night, it was an experience I will never forget. Soon after that, I had the opportunity to watch a good friend dance on NBC tv at Brew Garden… Her and her sisters were so amazing I had chills the whole time! I’ve been busy pretty much every day so far whether it being “I wanna stay home and read” busy, or “trying to make this summer the best one yet” busy. Of course we can’t forget the countless girls nights and sleepovers with my amazing friends, who I am so very thankful for! I did manage to make my way up to the Brunswick Summer Celebration as well! I ate WAY too many deep fried oreos and drank a little too much lemonade that week. I have no regrets, it was all so tasty. I also won a fish (name is Fred, he’s still alive)! Moving up to the most fun-filled and SUN-filled week of the season, we have the Fourth of July! Starting on Sunday, I went canoeing on Hinckley Lake. It was a great time, except I’m not a huge fan of swimming with fish underneath my feet… The very next day I spent on Edgewater Beach! My friends and I climbed the endless sea of rocks and ate way too much at our parent planned picnic (alliteration, I think I’m funny haha). Overall it was a beautiful day… I came home more thankful than ever, realizing that I have the most amazing mother in the world along with an amazing group of friends to share these unforgettable memories with. Finally, the day has come. IT’S JULY 4TH! Today started with some mother daughter errand running. Then I had to balance my time between three parties! I had so much fun “party hopping” and being able to celebrate with everyone! However, that’s enough about what I’ve done this summer. Now I’m going to share with you some things I’ve LEARNED this summer. I hope to share more of these in my future posts! I think these have made me look at life in a whole new way and I’m hoping they will do the same to you! They’re not just random tweets or quotes you read on the daily, these are lessons I have actually learned this summer and will carry on with me throughout my life.

Number one, life is too short. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. We need to love more and worry less! This really came into perspective for me this summer and I thought it would be a good idea to share. This also gives you a more positive outlook on life, making your days happier and more meaningful.

Number two, it is important to surround yourself with positive people. These people should bring you happiness, love you unconditionally, and respect you! The people you choose to associate with can either inspire you, or can drain you. We need to pick wisely.

Sorry this blog was so long, I just had so much to share with you all! I truly hope you’re having the best summer yet and look forward to hearing more about mine. Thank you for reading.

Sincerely, Andrea.

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