Remembering Rachel


Courtesy of Dan Salamone

Senior Rachel Salamone dives to catch the ball at a Crush soccer game last year. Salamone passed away on Oct. 12, 2020. She was a varsity soccer player and yearbook editor.

Jack Den Houter and Ben Den Houter, Guest Writers

While she may have been small in stature, Rachel Salamone was big in all the ways that matter and for those who knew her well, her presence left an indelible mark on their hearts. Rachel passed away on Oct. 12.

Born in China, Rachel arrived at her new home in the U.S. just one day shy of her first birthday. Her love for nature began from a young age, as she enjoyed accompanying her father on hikes and outdoor adventures. Her family moved to Ann Arbor when she was a toddler, and she became an integral part of the Thurston, Clague and Huron community. 

Rachel was a fierce competitor and an amazing athlete. From her early years at Thurston’s playground to her games with MPSA Crush and Huron Women’s Varsity Soccer, her drive, dedication and work ethic earned her the respect of coaches, teammates and opponents alike. Rachel excelled in baseball and cross country, but soccer was her true passion. As a Crush youth soccer coach, her teammates recall her talent for connecting with players and her strength as a teacher. 

Rachel was multifaceted. She enjoyed music, videography and gaming, and utilized her photographic talents as a Huron sports photographer. Noted for her blunt honesty, intelligence and sarcastic humor, Rachel could light up a room. With compassion and a unique ability to make others feel valued, Rachel had a gift for creating meaningful connections with people from all walks of life. While her friends fondly recall her propensity to call them out when needed, her unconditional friendship, support and genuine kindness positively impacted those around her. Rachel’s influence upon the lives she touched is immeasurable, as she inspired others to be kinder, better versions of themselves.