Thursday, September 12, 2013
Lauren Rickabaugh is a 2008 graduate of North Augusta High School and now has a classroom of her own at Strom Thurmond High. She currently teaches math to freshman, and said she is enjoying the new environment.
“My aunt heard about the position, and I put in for it and got it at the end of July,” Rickabaugh said. “So far it’s been good. Having control of the class is new because I was always a student teacher or had other teachers in the room. So now in this position, I’ve had to make all the plans for the classroom.”
Rickabaugh is not new to having a great deal of responsibility. She has been in the practice of juggling a hectic schedule for years. When she was in school, she participated in cheerleading, softball, student council, Spanish club and other activities while still keeping up with her academics.
When she entered college, she continued with her list of activities. She was a math tutor, assistant manager at Firehouse Subs, an athlete and managed to keep an academic scholarship.
Her father, Dan Rickabaugh, never ceases to be impressed with his daughter’s ability to handle anything thrown at her.
“She just continues to amaze me in all the things she juggles, and has been juggling, since she was really young,” Dan said. “She not only has talent in academics and athletics, but in her professional life, as well.”
One of her most noted accomplishments came when she competed in the Miss South Carolina Pageant and earned a spot in the top five displaying her beauty and brains.
She is currently involved with Rotary Club events, going to graduate school at Georgia Regents University, assists with athletics and is a member of True North Church.
“My church family is very close,” Lauren said. “I always meet with the Journey team on Thursday nights. We meet at one person’s house and have different studies that we do.”
Her father said the connection she has with her faith is something that he truly appreciates.
“I’m very proud of the fact that she’s strong in her faith,” Dan said. “She knows that even when things are difficult, God will give her strength.”
According to Lauren, she loves the North Augusta area and does not plan to change her location in the near future.
“Everyone knows everybody,” Lauren said. “It’s also a safe community. Living in North Augusta, you don’t have to really worry about anything.”
Dan said that although his daughter has accomplished so many things in her life, she is still a hard working and humble young woman.
“I just know that she’ll be successful in anything she puts her mind to,” Dan said. “She has such a strong work ethic. We must have done something right in raising her. I’m very proud.”
Heather Wright is a reporter for the North Augusta Star. She is a North Augusta resident and earned a communications degree from USC Aiken.