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Rachel Starnes

Age: 16
School: Academy of the Holy Cross
Position: Midfield

In Her Own Words

Her Story

Rachel remembers as a little girl watching Mia Hamm play soccer and joined the Blast in its first year, when she was 9. Outgoing and social, she brought photos of her friends with her for the trip.

June 26: "My coach thinks I'll go crazy if I get a bug in my face. Some things will be hard. I'll have to get used to it."

June 28: "I just want you to know that holding your cellphone makes me feel happy!" -- Rachel borrowed Coach Ian Oliver's phone to wish her best friend happy birthday.

July 2: "I've already decided on the first five restaurants that I want to go to the day I get home. Cosi, McDonalds, Maggiano's, Chipotle, and Coldstone."

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