by JENNIFER FRAKES | photos by Soul of Photography 

Sports, Spirit, and Support

student03For Rayna Higuchi, recent high school graduate and member of Canyon Crest Academy’s (CCA) Student Athlete Council, bringing together student athletes was all in a day’s work. “The Student Athlete Council at CCA works on improving the relationships between sports teams and the rest of the school community. We also try to recognize athletes who have worked hard for their teams and go out of their way to give back to the community. Many CCA athletes are involved in charity organizations, and we think that is important to recognize,” explained Rayna. This field hockey and lacrosse player also enjoyed her time with the Student Athlete Council because it allowed her to cheer on her friends in other sports, something she feels is an important part of the high school experience.

Rayna is also passionate about academics and is headed to MIT in the fall. Her current plan is to major in environmental engineering. “I’m really excited about going to MIT since it’s been my dream school since tenth grade. I love environmental science and engineering because of how interconnected the field is with the world. No problem ever stems from a single issue, so learning about solutions and how pieces of the puzzle fit together is really interesting to me,” revealed Rayna. Her ultimate goal is to become an attorney focused on environmental policy. “My mother is a former attorney, and she is definitely part of the reason why I want to follow that career path. My mom has a moral code that I respect and also has the strength to follow it through,” stated Rayna.

“I love environmental science and engineering because of how interconnected the field is with the world.” 

In addition to her sports and academic endeavors, Rayna enjoys cooking, reading, hiking, and watching movies and television shows. She also loves the Solana Beach community where she has lived her entire life. “I really love how beautiful and clean the city is and how we have the best weather anywhere,” said Rayna. As she embarks on her journey to MIT, it is certain that this bright young woman will continue to make a difference and pursue her dreams.


Name: Rayna Higuchi (17)
School: Canyon Crest Academy
Grade: Graduated in June 2016
Parents: Rebecca Schmitt and Robert Higuchi
Sibling: Tace Higuchi (22)
Favorite Spot in Del Sol: Solana Donuts

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