Rachel says she had "dabbled" in pageants in the past, but they weren't her main focus. "I've also had other passions like basketball, softball, acting, singing and just being a kid. Being me," she says.
Beverly, Rachel's mom, says Rachel never got swept up in pageantry. "Rachel is just such a down-to-earth—always has been—such a down-to-earth child. She really liked doing pageants because she could be with other kids," Beverly says. "She never cared about winning. She cared about going and doing."