The Town of Garner has for over 50 years awarded the prestigious title of "Miss Garner", the title holders continuing on to the Miss North Carolina contest, and potentially a spot representing the state in the Miss America Pageant itself!
Congratulations to Rachel, who beat off stiff competition to win the crown!
Rachel Chavez is a native of Sampson County but found a special relationship with the people of Garner when she served as Garner's Outstanding Teen in 2009. Rachel decided after she completed her undergraduate degree she would pursue scholarship through the Miss America program in order to pursue her Masters degree. Rachel realized that there was no better place to represent than the town that helped her blossom into the successful woman she is today. Rachel considers education the most important decision in an individual's life and through the pageant industry, maintaining high academics, and over nineteen hundred community service hours, Rachel received over $20,000 in scholarship for her education.
Rachel has worked in Washington D.C where she interned as an assistant for Congressman Bob Etheridge. Most recently, she traveled to the Hill as one of the youngest delegates to lobby Congress for United Fresh Produce Association, representing North Carolina farmers and agriculture. Being raised in a broken home and labeled an "at-risk" student herself, Rachel created her personal platform "Commit. Don't Quit!"
Rachel wants to see economic independence for all people and economic development for job creation in our towns and our country. The only way to make this happen is through investing in the future of our children by showing them that education is the most important foundation of their life. "Commit. Don't Quit!" does this by encouraging youth to not allow their circumstances or environments define who or what they become and pursue higher education.
In just three years, Rachel graduated from The University of North Carolina- Wilmington with a degree in Political Science where she was also placed on the Honors List and Dean's List. She takes pride in volunteering in her community and has numerous hours as an Intern at the Town of Garner, Garner Chamber of Commerce, and various other programs throughout Garner. She plans to continue her education by obtaining her Master's degree in Public Administration and serving as a City Manager. Her ultimate dream is to use her education and talents to give back to her community by serving in the capacity of public office and operating her own non-profit organization.
If you would like to follow Rachel's year as Miss Garner follow her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/officialmissgamer and if you would like to support "Commit. Don't Quit!", follow that page at www.facebook.com/dropoutprevention