Dare to Excel

This Liberty Christian student is a leader with dreams of being an animator


Rebecca Amann is an active member of the Liberty Christian Academy student body.

She serves on the student council, plays soccer, performs with the drama club, and serves as a teaching assistant for younger students at the school.

And she does all this with an eye on the future and she dreams about a career in animation.

How did you get involved in the student council?

“So when I was a sophomore, they had an issue where all the people on the student council were all seniors and juniors. So the principal was going around class to call being like ‘hey, we need young people who are younger so that when you guys get older, you can teach the younger grades so that we don’t have an issue where nobody on the student council knows what they’re doing,’ and it seemed like nobody really wanted to be a part of it. And so even though back then I was definitely more shy, I wasn’t really much of an outgoing person, I thought being part of the student council seems like it’d be cool. So I raised my hand.”

DARE TO EXCEL: Warrenton senior Bailey Schneider

How did you get involved in soccer?

“It was originally because my brother was playing baseball. So after school, I would have a two hour period where I wasn’t really doing anything. My parents, they didn’t want to have to pick me up and go back for my brother. So I decided, you know what, I want to partake in some sort of sport. So soccer felt as good as any. So I decided to join.”

DARE TO EXCEL: Wright City senior Nathan Bowman

How did you get involved in drama club?

“I’ve always wanted to do drama ever since I was a little kid. I would love participating in the musicals and the plays. So when I got here, at the moment it became available, I did anything I had to do in order to get into that class.”

DARE TO EXCEL: Warrenton senior Phillip Kackley

How have those activities helped you grow as an individual?

“Student council definitely helped me be more outgoing. That made me want to actually join things. It really helped me feel more, for lack of a better term, important because especially back then I was very insecure, very shy. I didn’t really like to talk to the kids in my classroom, but they kind of intimidated me. So being on student council, it definitely helped me boost my confidence a little bit.”

DARE TO EXCEL: Liberty Christian senior Andreanna Scheltens

What are your plans after high school?

“I’ve actually already been enrolled into the Kansas City Art institute. Originally, I was going to do architecture, but the issue is that was more my go to sort of phrase that I would tell people. But when I actually did more looking into it, I decided that wasn’t something I really want to pursue. I wasn’t really passionate about the things that I would actually be doing. But ever since COVID, I started loving to draw and just animation in general, and it really captivated me. So I was like, you know what, that’s what I’m going to do. I’m just going to pursue something that I’m passionate about. I’m not going to worry about getting something. I’m not going to worry too much about doing something that’s more stable. I’m just going to pursue my passions and figure it out from there.”

DARE TO EXCEL: Wright City senior Charleigh Ferrell

How do you think your activities will help when you get into college?

“Definitely drama. It helps me explore my more creative side. Soccer definitely helps me with my team building because I’ve always kept to myself. I do love people. I love being outgoing, but as far as projects go, I like to work on my own. So especially soccer and being on the student council and drama, it helps because I’m a part of this group. I can't do these things on my own. I have to make sure that everyone in the group is involved, that we’re all doing our part. So it definitely helps me operate better as a team member as opposed to an individual.”

DARE TO EXCEL: Warrenton senior Roy Briggs

What is your dream job?

“Definitely working in animation. Maybe even having my own sort of studio, getting to work on personal projects or maybe even making comics. That would be really cool.”

DARE TO EXCEL: Wright City senior Tayla Payne

Favorite class: Chemistry

Favorite food: Chicken Alfredo

Favorite type of music: Heavy metal

Favorite band: Amaranthe

Favorite vacation spot: Myrtle Beach

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