Our Featured Family Day guest is Rachel Pizzolato, a multitalented, award-winning scientist and Patent-Pending inventor, published writer and poet, fashion and runway model, National Champion Trampolinist, as well as, an actor starring in Discovery Science Channel’s – MythBusters Jr. Her inventions have garnered success at the Greater New Orleans Science and Engineering Fair where she won the Grand Award in 2016, 2017, 2018. She has competed in many National and International Competitions such as Broadcom MASTERS (2016, 2017, and 2018) Coolest Projects (2019 & 2020) and ISEF (2019 &2020). In 2016, she was awarded, from MIT, a minor planet named after her called (Pizzolato 33187). Recently, she also won Akron’s Global Polymer Academy’s National Award in Science and Engineering. Also, her writing has garnered awards from NASA and in 2018, she won the AIAA National NASA essay competition for her article entitled, “Astronauts – The Right Stuff Indeed!”
Rachel has walked the fashion runway for internationally renowned designers such as Stevie Boi and Brick Allen and can be seen in print magazines such as Sophisticated Woman and Exalte Magazine. She will also be featured in the June 2021 Smith and Gale Magazine. She has won numerous beauty pageants including the 2018 Miss Pre-Teen New Orleans, 2018 Pre-Teen Miss Louisiana State, and 2018 Pre-Teen Greater Gulf States Supreme. Recently, she placed 1st Runner-Up in the 2021 Miss Louisiana Teenage USA.
Rachel has a passion for science fiction and enjoys performing at comic cons. Rachel can routinely be seen performing at Wizard World, CyPhaCon, Big Easy Con, and STEM festivals around the country. She has a large array of characters that she enjoys portraying including Catwoman, Electra, and Rosie the Riveter, but she is currently working on her own original character that will debut in 2022.
When not working with the SPCA to promote humane treatment to animals, one of her favorite hobbies is talking with kids and encouraging them to dream big and follow those dreams by participating in the activities that they enjoy and are passionate about!!! She feels that it is extremely important to cultivate young minds and show them that there are people out there that are behind them and want to see them succeed! She wants to show them that if they put their minds to something, there is nothing that can’t be accomplished. Rachel wants to instill in them to ask questions and be inquisitive in all areas of their lives. She feels that it is important to encourage kids to explore their interests with a passion! Most of all, she wants to encourage everyone to, “Dream Big!”