Rachel Marie Blasingame was a straight
A, National Honor Society student as a junior, at Mesquite High
School. Rachel shared her talents through her appreciation of
music, theater, and her concern for others. She played the
viola in the orchestra and planned on singing with the Mesquite High
choir. She was a thespian, winning awards for her work in
theater. Rachel also was a member of the American Sign
Language Club. Her true talent was realized through her
selfless desire to help other people.
Rachel was a leader in
her church youth group at Valley Creek Church of Christ and she attended summer church camps. Rachel loved being
involved in youth retreats, devotionals, and attended mission trips
with the church. Her spirit of giving included participating
at Special Olympics, homeless shelters, and in children's
libraries. Rachel read her bible under the covers at night and
made notes in it from cover to cover. She read until the pages
fell out and she had to laminate the outside pages.
was involved with the Shattered Dreams program at Mesquite
High. She wanted to be part of persuading students not to
drink and drive. It was ironic that an intoxicated driver took
part in ending her life.
The Rachel Blasingame Scholarship Fund, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, was created to assist deserving High School Seniors in meeting tuition requirements at Abilene Christian University. Each spring, a golf tournament is held to provide funds for the scholarship program. To date, these efforts have provided $170,000 in scholarships and assisted 145 freshman to attend ACU in the 12 years since Rachelís passing. Her spirit continues to live on by fulfilling college dreams for others.
Rachel with Tabitha Leonard