Rachel Hodson is honored to be the reigning 2017 National American Miss Illinois Teen.
In honor of her late father, who told her “if you can read, you can do anything,” she created her own foundation, Rachel's H.E.A.R.T. (Helping Empower Adolescents through Reading and Tutoring). Throughout her year of reign, Rachel has used her crown as a voice to bring attention to illiteracy rates in America and spread the importance of early literacy. Because of her passion, over 2,500 books and hundreds of school supplies are in the hands of children from underfunded schools and shelters. When Rachel is not organizing book drives, she loves spending her time tutoring students and reading to local elementary children each week. She believes that her God given purpose is to encourage upcoming generations to find success and excitement in school. Education is the one thing no one can ever take away.
Rachel is eager to continue to work with her foundation in college. She will be attending Illinois State University on a full ride academic scholarship. In five years, she will earn her Master's degree in Accountancy and Computer Science.
She is excited and motivated to make her mark on the business world and in the hearts of the children she works with.