Commencement Speaker Bio
Performer is one word that describes the many talents of Rebekah, as she is a singer, musician, voice instructor, and forensics coach. “I never wanted fame or fortune from performing, but to inspire others to use their innate skills and break out of their comfort zones,” said Rebekah.
In the spring of 2009, Rebekah had planned to graduate from Shenandoah University with her Bachelor’s in Music, but found that she was lacking three credit hours in a science course. This is how she started her journey with Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC). She enrolled in Professor Ann Simpson’s Anatomy and Physiology class in the summer of 2009, and found it fascinating. Long story short, she is graduating from LFCC with her Career Studies Certificate in Phlebotomy.
Rebecca has paced herself nicely over the past six years, taking time to be a stay-at-home mother and teacher of voice and music. When her daughter started preschool, she leapt back into her own education. In the spring of 2013, she took “Public Speaking” and “Theatre” classes at LFCC. Some of her peers encouraged her to join the Forensics (Speech/Drama/Debate) Team.
“Being part of the Forensics Team has been one of the most memorable experiences,” said Rebekah. Needless to say, with her performing background, she did well. In February 2015 at a forensics competition at Wilkes University, LFCC brought home a first place win overall, and she won the Pentathlon award as highest individual scorer. Three of the highest scoring pieces were a:
- Monologue, depicting Judy Garland’s life
- Persuasive Speech, advocating against captivity of whales at Sea World
- Declamation, entitled “Whisper of AIDS” by Mary Fisher
After two years as a student presenting monologues, poetry, debate, prose, and speeches, Rebekah now serves as a coach to the Forensics Team. One may also find her singing in LFCC’s Spring Show, or judging for LFCC’s Got Talent contest.
Selected as speaker for LFCC’s 2016 Commencement Ceremonies, Rebekah will present another speech. She will share her five simple steps to all graduates on how to start the next chapter in life: 1. Show up, 2. Take risks, 3. Get involved, 4. Keep learning, and 5. Be present.
Rebekah lives in Front Royal, VA with her husband, Brad, and five year old daughter, Hadley.