Teen of the Week: Westrick dances toward service, success

Parkersburg Catholic High School senior Macie Westrick is active with her school and community and hopes to one day become a psychiatrist. (Photo by Michael Erb)

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg Catholic High School senior Macie Westrick is always looking for ways to serve her school and community, and hopes to carry that desire over into a career in psychiatry.

“I’d like to go to Ohio University and major in pre-medicine,” she said. “I’ve always known that I wanted to help people. I feel it’s really important, your mental health, and I’d like to help people with that.”

Westrick is president of the PCHS Student Council, is a member of the Interact Club and the anti-tobacco group RAZE. She also is a member of iBelieve, a leadership organization that gathers together students from the tri-state area.

“It’s about student leadership in high school and stresses the importance of secondary education,” she said.

Westrick is a varsity cheerleader at PCHS and is a member of National Honor Society. She recently was named Miss Belpre 2017, and said she uses the position to promote her hometown.

Parkersburg Catholic High School senior Macie Westrick has been dancing since she was 2 and performs a variety of competitive dance styles. (Photo Provided)

“I’ve lived in Belpre my whole life,” she said. “I like to be involved with the community of Belpre and help out whoever I can.”

Westrick’s other passion is dance.

“I really enjoy competitive dancing,” she said. “I like to do ballet, tap, jazz, tumbling, lyrical, hip-hop, the whole bit.”

Westrick said she has been dancing at Gels Dance Centres in Vienna since she was 2 years old, and credits her dance teacher Katrina Ray Stenson with much of her success.

“I’ve known her for most of my life,” Westrick said. “She wants the best for all of her students and she’s willing to help in any way she can.”

Westrick said her mother also has been an invaluable and positive influence in her life.

“She’s always been there for me and always pushes me to do my best,” she said.


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