Teen excels in school and sports but puts faith first

April 30, 2005
COMING DAILY IN METRO: This is one in a series of stories about members of The Gazette’s Best and Brightest Class of 2005. When the Rev.
Bill Carmody of Holy Family Church took a group of students hiking on Barr Trail to Pikes Peak, Erin Ravin joined in, even though she hadn’t trained for it. “Normally, I don’t let those who haven’t trained go, and I was leery,” said Carmody. “But to my amazement, she was the most physically fit of the group and made us all look out of shape.” That’s Ravin in a nutshell, friends, family and teachers say. Jan Schuetz, counselor at Widefield High School, puts it this way: “She’s a planet of unflickering light in a galaxy of so many. She’s bright, personable, focused and the epitome of ethics and values.” Ravin is No. 1 in her senior class academic ranking, and she plays volleyball, basketball and tennis. She gave up basketball her senior year to study to become Catholic. Confirmation classes clashed with basketball practice, Ravin says. Since then, her faith has become the focus of her life. “I’d always felt a part of me was missing,” Ravin said. “I was close to my grandfather Sherman, we’d go on bike rides, and he’d tell me stories and encourage me in school. When he died, people said he had gone to a better place. That made me start thinking about it. “My family was never religious, but I saw how happy some of the kids were with church, so I tried several, but Catholic just suited me.” She now knows, she says, that even before being baptized, she had put faith in action by volunteering at a nursing home and planning the school’s Culture Club fair, which highlights acceptance of student diversity. ERIN RAVIN Widefield High School Parents: Barbara Schara and Irving Ravin What’s next: Boettcher scholarship to study English at Colorado College. If you had to lose all your material possessions except one, what would you keep and why? “My rosary beads. With that I’d still have my hopes and prayers and reassurance that even when it feels like there is nothing else in the world, I’d still have that reminder of God.” Other stuff: Beehive Senior Center volunteer; elementary and high school tutor; church volunteer; Culture Show volunteer; community cleanup projects; volunteer baby-sitter; Community of Caring club; Link Crew freshman mentor; Student Council treasurer; Culture Club president; Science Club secretary.
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