Rachel Ann Gollhardt is a motivated and motivating 17 year old. She is from the small town of North East,
Pennsylvania in the heart of a rural community situated on the shores of Lake Erie. There she has been raised to
care about her community, her world, and herself. She believes in making every day her best day!
Winning the 2011 Miss Teen American Spirit national pageant has been a blessing for her. It allows her to meet
and enjoy people from all over the country she loves. Rachel also realizes, however; that the title is as much of a responsibility as it is a privilege; and knowing that it will have a major impact on her life, she hopes that she can make an even bigger impact on the lives of others. Because of that belief she offers herself in service.
Rachel’s crowd-pleasing presence enables her to speak in an entertaining and intriguing manner. She’s equallly capable of following a pre-submitted script or ad-libbing, as the situation requires. She has the unique ability to relate to the youngest of oldest in the crowd. Her engaging demeanor and sincere enthusiasm are attributes to any event. She is aptly comfortable to entertain a packed house of thousands through her speaking topics or vocal performances.
Always professional and positive, Rachel is willing to research and represent any appropriate topic for her. Below
you will find where Rachel has specifically enjoyed extensive experience to date:
- She has been a long-time advocate for under-age drinking prevention and the affects that environmental
pressures have on decisions teens make. Notably, she was selected as the 2010 National Role Model and
Spokesperson for the OJJDP’s EUDL Conference in Anaheim, CA to lead media opportunities, workshop
presentations and the youth talent show where she performed “Roxy” from Chicago
- She has been nationally recognized for her educational program, Carbon Cops, which educates K-2 graders
about depleting natural resources and ways they can contribute to reducing their impact on the environment. For
her club development she received a 2010 National FCCLA gold medal and is currently working with the EPA for a
2011 Earth Day special presentation of the club as well as receiving a special PA Department of Education
Recognition Award, and the 2009 Waste-Watcher Award from the Professional Recyclers of PA organization.
- She believes in the power of a strong self worth and self value, and encourages others to look beyond the shine of materialism to see what is shining within themselves. She has experienced the destruction peer criticism
has and is able to show through her achievements and community service that success can be attained. By gifting perhaps a song, a pack of pencils, or a few hours of service, it is through giving of yourself you shine.
- She desires to become a public servant in elected positions within the government and advocates to others to be aware and involved in their communities through the political process (without noting any particular party affiliation).
- She was a Girl Scout for 11 years and received her Gold Award. She believes in the community service values and self exploration importance taught through the scouting experience.
- She has received various awards and recognition for her vocal performances. She performed on the
Carnegie Hall Stage in 2010 and will be attending a university on a vocal scholarship in the fall of 2011. She is a soprano with an extensive repertoire of music including the National Anthem.
References are available upon request.