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Chatting with Miss UNC candidate Rachel McGirt

Courtesy of Rachel B. McGirt

Courtesy of Rachel B. McGirt

In addition to playing on the women’s basketball team and being in the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., the Miss UNC candidate has also started a nonprofit organization with her sister.

Her organization, Healthy Girls Save the World, is a nonprofit aimed at teaching sixth- through ninth-grade girls, especially those in low-income households, about healthy bodies, minds and relationships.

“If I could play a positive part in a young woman’s shaping and her molding into becoming a better person and having holistic, healthy practices, that just really makes me happy,” McGirt said.

“When I was younger, I was taller than everyone. I was overweight. I had a little ugly-duckling stage, and I just didn’t really think that I was capable of doing certain things or that I was beautiful because of the girl standing next to me.”

McGirt said she is running for Miss UNC to show people that with enough dedication, they can achieve anything.

“I want to show people that no matter who you are, no matter what you do at this University, anything is possible,” she said.

Her project is a branch of Healthy Girls Save the World called Tar “HEALS,” which stands for Health, Education, Awareness, Leadership and Service. The project will be a community day designed to educate young girls, parents and students about healthy minds, healthy bodies and healthy relationships.

“We are on this beautiful campus, but there is a community around us that really needs help,” she said.

McGirt is excited at the prospect of bringing young girls in the community to campus and engaging students in the Healthy Girls Save the World mission.

“I think that people should vote for me because I am doing this for a greater purpose,” she said.

“I want to leave a legacy here that anything is possible. If you put your mind and heart into something, you can get it done. I want students to be behind that and support that.”

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