Rebecca, 18, is the daughter of Norman and Beth Fant of Kennesaw, and while she doesn’t come from a family of politicians, the topic has always been of great interest to her and her family.
“My parents have always been into politics and they’ve always tried to be well-informed,” she said. “They’ve just always been like, ‘be informed and don’t let stuff pass you by, like don’t be apathetic’ kind of thing so I don’t know if it was genetic or just something I liked but I just love politics.”
Rebecca said she is shooting for the 2032 presidential election but in the meantime, she will maintain her position as the student body president at Kennesaw Mountain.
“I remember when I first got here, the student body president gave a speech telling people to get involved and she seemed really cool and I went to my mom and said, ‘I’m going to do this.’ Luck have it, here I am in the same position.”
Working with student government isn’t the only thing that keeps Rebecca busy though.
She is also in the school’s magnet program, participates in the Model U.N, Josue’s and Esperanto clubs, is a member of the Kennesaw Youth Council and the theater program at Kennesaw Mountain and was named Miss KMHS and a Hall of Fame student her senior year.
“Get involved early,” she said. “It doesn’t matter who is watching you, it doesn’t matter who you’re doing it for, the fact is that you’re doing it and you’re making a difference. That’s what should really be driving you.”
Rebecca chose to attend Kennesaw Mountain after her eighth grade year because of the magnet program, although her family’s home is zoned for Harrison High where her sister, Rachel, is a sophomore.
“I really like the math and science classes and the magnet program has provided me great opportunities but it’s the overall thing. Every aspect (at Kennesaw Mountain) is great.” she said.
The Josue’s Club, which Rebecca and a friend started, club members mentor English As a Second Language students at Hayes Elementary to help them pass their CRCT tests.
In this year’s school play, “Life 101” written by theater teacher Coy Dunn, she made her debut on the stage, playing Melba Toast. Rebecca usually works in the background on the technical end helping set up the stage.
“She is this boisterous lunch lady whose greatest pride in life is her meatloaf recipe. It was really funny,” Rebecca said about her character.
Dunn, who has spent lots of time over the last four years with Rebecca in the arts department, said she was well liked and respected by both her peers and the Kennesaw Mountain staff, on and off the stage.
“As the student body president, I do not know of any student that has done as much for their school as Rebecca Fant has done,” he said. “She is an amazing young lady with a heart of gold. Becca does everything to the best of her ability because it is the right thing to do.”
In his 21 years as an educator, he said she was among the very best in his regards.
“She is the type of student teachers look forward to having in class,” he said. “Becca is consistently at the school working or off campus helping the community as she represents her school. Becca has a tender heart, a gracious, humble spirit and an amazing attitude. She has a great sense of humor and is able to laugh at herself. We will never forget her hilarious role as Melba her senior year!”
So, what will become of Rebecca after she graduates on Thursday?
She will be attending Georgia Tech in Atlanta, where she will start in the fall with plans to study international affairs and modern languages.
“Hopefully, I’ll get to have a job in the future in intelligence or traveling with a foreign language but ideally I’d like to get in politics,” she said.
Rebecca said she also plans on getting involved in Georgia Tech’s student government and doing community service like she did at Kennesaw Mountain.
“It’s really just the feeling you get,” she said about volunteering. “It’s one of those things where we try to foster a community where we just want to help everybody else. When you see the results of what you’re doing, you know it’s worth it. You’re doing something you know that someone will appreciate.”