It’s no surprise that senior Riley Mucher aspires to become a nurse. She is always thinking of others. In fact, that quality spills over to her role on the WCS varsity girls’ soccer team. This season, Riley broke the school record for career assists in girls’ soccer. It’s an accomplishment, five years in the making, that shows the character of this senior.
“I focus on helping my team, and letting them know they can count on me,” said Riley. “I like to share the wealth.”
Riley’s benevolent attitude on the soccer field has led to Coach Scott Laubenheimer recommending that she be more selfish when she gets the soccer ball. Instead, she continues to pass it off. The two-time LCAA All-Star started her fifth and final varsity season just three assists shy of tying the school record, a milestone that she thought was attainable. The record of 38 career assists was set by Arin Belden, a 2000 WCS graduate. On September 11, during a home game against LeRoy, Riley was not only able to help her team earn a 4-2 victory, but she also joined the WCS record books.
In her senior year, Riley is focusing on preparing for college and her nursing career. She is enrolled in the Health Careers Academy through the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership this school year. The program gives students the opportunity to earn 15 college credits through Genesee Community College while gaining valuable on-site experience at Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville and other medical facilities.
“I was excited to hear about this option because I’ve been taking Advance Placement classes at WCS already. I thought Health Careers Academy would allow me to get those 15 college courses out of the way,” said Riley. “It’s a good experience because I’m meeting different people. I’ll also have less college debt.”
Riley is undecided on what area of nursing she would like to focus on. Health Careers Academy requires that students complete job shadows and internships, so the experience will help Riley narrow down her interests. As a lifeguard in the Village Park during summer breaks, Riley has found that she really enjoys working with kids. She also works at The Cloisters Assisted Living facility in Warsaw as a dietary aid, and enjoys working with elderly patients.
“I enjoy working with both kids and the elderly. They are so sweet and you can learn from both groups,” said Riley. “I think nurses get to be more involved in the personalized care of patients and that sounds appealing to me.”
In addition to playing on Warsaw’s varsity soccer team, Riley also plays soccer during the offseason. She runs track and is a member of the National Honor Society. She serves as the Class of 2019 co-secretary. Her top two college choices right now are SUNY Brockport and SUNY Binghamton. Riley would like to look into volunteer opportunities once she heads to college. Ten years from now Riley hopes to be employed as a nurse in a hospital and possibly working to become a nurse practitioner. Right now, she is looking forward to spending time with friends and family, as well as attending Health Careers Academy. And, of course, there are always more records to break. Riley is the daughter of Colin and Emily Reagan and Corey and Barb Mucher.