photo of CWC student Rebekah Hutchison

Rebekah Hutchison was in India when she decided to apply for CWC. The Riverton native was in India working with the nonprofit humanitarian organization, Youth with a Mission, where they helped bring awareness of clean water. Hutchison also worked in hospitals, orphanages and in girl’s homes. She also worked to stop human trafficking, did street cleanup and helped rebuild homes that were damaged after an earth quake in the Himalayas.

“It helped me understand a little more about what I wanted to do and gave me global perspective,” Hutchison said. “It helped me understand how I could help.”

This sparked Hutchison to study communication and international studies in hopes to study the subjects abroad. Hutchison is a student ambassador and is on the cross country team.

Cross country helped me meet people and stay active. It was nice to have some healthy competition with myself. I think sports helps understanding and practicing self-discipline which translates well into the classroom. You run even when you don’t feel like running. You study when you don’t feel like studying. ”

A big supporter and reason Hutchison decided to attend CWC was Professor Maygen Cassity.

“She helped me get settled and is really passionate about what she does,” Hutchison said. “It translates in the classroom really well. It’s very effective. She genuinely cares and she’s very encouraging.”

Hutchison wants to go back and do similar work that she did with YWAM to be a voice for the voiceless and bring awareness to situations.

She was nominated by her cross country coach Al Lara.

“She is a 4.0 student and as a cross country runner she had a goal to break 30 minutes for the 5k and by the end of the season she ran 22:10; outstanding,” Lara said. “She also was a great team leader and always added team spirit to everyone.”