NINE MILE FALLS, Wash. — Wrestling is a big part of Rachel Koolstra's life. Her brother wrestled and the sport has always fascinated her.
"I've always felt drawn to it, but at first I was told that that's not what girls do," she said.
Without telling her, Rachel's mom signed her up for the wrestling team at Lakeside High School her freshman year, making her one of only two female wrestlers on the team. Lakeside does not have a separate women's squad.
The first year was hard work but worth it. She came back to the team every year after.
"Because I had something to prove," Rachel said. "I wasn't quite sure what I was proving at the moment, but I knew it was something I wanted to stick with."
And stick with it she did, all the way to a college scholarship. She'll be attending Lindenwood University in Belleville, Illinois, wrestling and studying sports management.
As Rachel's last year came to a close, she was excited for her accomplishments to be celebrated in her senior yearbook.
She didn't find what she was looking for.
"I was looking at the wrestling section, because I was like, 'It's my senior year, I went to state, I'm going to be in it.' I was really proud of all that," she said. "And there were no pictures [of me] on either of the pages, and I read the paragraph, and... my name wasn't even in there."
The paragraph she's referring to lauds the team's "six" seniors, listing them by name.
"The problem is, there's actually seven students on that team that are a senior," said Dan Koolstra, Rachel's father. "The seventh one that is not included happens to be a female. And her name is Rachel. She's my daughter."
Rachel says she understands yearbooks sometimes have errors. This one just seems a little too blatant and it comes after years of similar seemingly minor slights against a black woman in a predominantly white male sport, she said.
"A lot of people tend, whether they know it or not, they tend to share or express indirectly how they're not really for women's wrestling," she said.
Dan Koolstra says some people have recommended asking for a yearbook addendum but he wants the whole volume reprinted.
"Rachel's not an addendum. Rachel doesn't go to the back of the yearbook," he said.
The family has contacted a lawyer and filed a complaint with the NAACP.
Rachel says it's more than about just her. It's about a broader culture that overlooks others like her.
"One day I would like that to change around Nine Mile," she said. "I would like there to be a full women's wrestling team."
The principal of Lakeside High School says the yearbook was not up to standards across the board.
"It's human error, it's a kid business, and we get it, it hurts," said principal Brent Osborn. "It was not the only error in the book even."
He also says he understands why that answer may not be good enough for the Koolstras.
"Absolutely. I'm a parent, and I get it," he said. "Nobody wants their student to not be mentioned and we feel terrible about it."
Osborn says they're working on an addendum to correct multiple errors and omissions, including the error involving Rachel.
"I know it's not the same," he said. "But we're going to do the best we can to honor our kids."
Osborn also acknowledges that women wrestlers have faced other problems at the school, and that while it won't fix the past, he and other administrators are already working to prevent those difficulties in the future.
"And we think that Rachel's a fabulous young lady," he said. "I'm a huge advocate. She's going to do great things."