Class of 2018
Greater Minnesota Pageant
Director: Katherine Majkrzak
Pageant Date: March 23, 2019
Miss Heartland 2018, Rachel Eron, has a strong passion for the medical devices industry and hopes to continue her career at a surgical robotics company. She volunteers on campus with the Institute for Engineering in Medicine 3D Printing Core, segmenting MRI's and 3D printing replicas of organs as pre-procedural models. Her favorite project was working with a young boy who was born without a hand. She worked on a team to help build him a prosthetic arm through a non-profit organization called E-Nable. As a teaching assistant in the Computer Science department, Rachel thinks the best part of teaching Python and Java is seeing concepts click in a student's mind. Rachel is the co-president of Minnovate, an innovation club on campus. She leads their Industry Readiness Program sponsored by the Medical Device Center. This semester she taught fifteen freshman and sophomores a multitude of industry skills and helped them build a complete prototype. Currently, she is a Solutions Engineering Intern at Vital Images: A Canon Medical Group. Last summer she was a Design Engineering Intern and a Quality Engineering Intern at Baxter Healthcare. Fun fact: in Fall of 2017, Rachel held two jobs and a full credit load!
Rachel's platform is "Shape Up on Social Media." Rachel hopes to share her story of a poor social media decision and how it affected her life to explain why social media conduct is so important. It is possible to lose scholarships, jobs, and many opportunities due to poor social media conduct. Social media is how we are portrayed to the world, hopefully if we begin to change how we act on social media, we can become better people in the process. Rachel speaks often to Rotary's and student groups, she loves to share her message with people of all ages.
This April, Rachel was on the board for Sk8 to Elimin8 Cancer: A Scott Hamilton Foundation. Twelve ice rinks across the Midwest worked together to raise over $7,000 for cancer research with a majority of it going back to her hometown's cancer center. Rachel loves spending time with her family and dog, Oakley. She is a certified scuba diver. She loves to bake and her favorite cake she's ever made was a Ranch bottle cake, (it wasn't Ranch flavored though). Rachel and her mom worked together to design and sew her evening gown for a previous pageant. Her nickname in her family is "Francine" after her grandpa Fran because they are so similar.
Rachel has been an avid figure skater for over sixteen years. She is a US Figure Skating Association Gold Medalist in Senior Moves in the Field. Skilled in ice dancing, Rachel is currently working on her Argentine Tango. She skates once a week now to keep up skills and enjoy herself. Rachel plays underwater hockey! Now you're probably saying, that's a joke right? In underwater hockey there is a three pound puck on the bottom of a nine foot deep pool. There are six players on each team and a goal at the bottom of the pool on either side. Players wear a snorkel, goggles, fins, and have a stick around the length of a butter knife. They dive down to the bottom and play as long as they can until they have to come back up for air! Rachel started playing two years ago when she lifeguarded for the team at the U and decided it was something cool she had to try!
Rachel is a senior at the University of Minnesota: Twin Cities and will attain a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering in May of 2019. She is the daughter of James and Wendy Eron.
For more information, visit Rachel's facebook page: Miss Heartland 2018 - Rachel Eron.
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