Our Town: South Tahoe High School senior is looking ahead to the future
As a second-generation Tahoe resident, Candace Prescott is in no hurry to leave the mountain.
Prescott is 18 and a senior at South Tahoe High School. Born and bred as a Tahoe kid, she lives with her family – mom, dad, younger brother and sister.
Prescott believes family is very important. The clan celebrates every achievement and holiday together with extended relatives. Her mother taught her that “friends come and go, but your family is always going to be there in the end.”
Thanks to a passion for civics class, Prescott recently began reading the news and paying more attention to local and national events. But the sports page is her first stop, because she knows kids involved in all types of sports and all types of activities. Prescott credits her upbringing and exposure in team sports to having such a wide variety of friendships. She has been on the varsity soccer team at STHS since her freshman year and has been offered scholarships to go to college as a player.
She credits the game with taking her on the road to see how others live off the hill. Prescott has enjoyed meeting various people and also has a sense of gratitude for living in the mountains. Things such as clean tap water and easy beach access are just two examples she gives – although travel definitely is on her list of important things to pursue as an adult.
After a “senior summer” of traveling and fun (she always has wanted to see Mexico), she still expects to hit the books this fall, just as she always has. Prescott will attend Lake Tahoe Community College and take classes in dental hygiene to get started. She expects to miss soccer after a year or so and find a way to return to the game.
For now, she’s excited to be taking civics during an election year and be able to really understand more about how things work. Prescott agrees that local government decisions make an impact on us more so than in larger communities, but it still is fun to see how the bigger stories play out as well. She is at the end of the year and trying to make it through graduation so she then can take on her schedule for fun, and life to follow.
Her plans for the future aren’t too far-out to be realistic. That is a personality trait that also coincides with her favorite sport – Always keep the goal in sight.
“As a determined, hard-working woman who knows what she wants and how to get there.”
“Kids can only go to the beach in the summer or ski in winter, which is way too expensive. The movies are in the casinos, and there is no shopping that is geared toward youths – it’s too expensive for real people and kids.”
“My grandpa. He is really smart and a good debater. He went to law school. I go to him for my questions about government and news events.”
“Music – it fits whatever state of mind you are in. If you feel moody, you can tone it down. … If you’re feeling energetic, you can listen to something loud.”
“Nothing really, because if you change your past, you change your future. I wouldn’t be who I am right now, and I am happy now. Everyone has regrets, but it’s what makes us stronger.”
“My civics teacher, Mr. Allmeroth – he’s got his own personal life, but he always brings fun to the class and teaches to the best of his ability. He makes the class very interesting and energizing.”
“I think her name is Rosa Parks. She wouldn’t give up her seat on the bus and move back. That was such a brave move. I think civil rights and women’s rights are so important and really intertwined.”
“Brianna Scurry of the United States women’s national soccer team, because she could teach me a lot. She is a champion and strong in her heart and her head.”
“A gold medal, because I love sports, and it is the ultimate sport achievement.”
“The Iraq war for sure, and all that goes with it (Guantanamo, torture, etc.). Because we (the United States) are supposed to help people, not hurt them. But now we can’t just leave, because ‘we broke it, we bought it.’ “