Keisha Abelgas is a Filipino American who migrated from the Philippines to the United States when she was only seven years old in pursuit of bigger dreams, better opportunities, and a brighter future. She is the proud daughter of Ryan Abelgas and Katherine Abelgas of New Port Richey, Florida. She is the youngest of three siblings, Michaela Abelgas a pre-dental student at the University of Florida and Red Abelgas a pre-med student at the University of South Florida. Keisha is currently a dual enrollment student at River Ridge High School and Pasco Hernando State College. She is set to graduate high school on June 2017 with an Associates in Arts degree and plans to obtain a medical degree from Stanford University and pursue a career as a renowned pediatrician.
With education as Keisha’s top priority, she is involved in several clubs and organizations in school such as Student Government, National Honors Society, Interact Club, Thespians and Drama Club, and Future Business Leaders of America. Two of her greatest passions are theater arts and public speaking. With a love for performing, Keisha considers the stage her second home. She has performed in numerous stage plays and musicals and has consistently been recognized for her top notch delivery. Her latest stage play was the Broadway version of the Little Mermaid where she played the main villain, Ursula and received great reviews on her exemplary performance. Keisha has represented her school at the District and State Thespians competition and has won the coveted State Critics Choice award from amongst 7,000 delegates. In the area of public speaking and job interview, Keisha captured top honors at the Future Business Leaders of America State and District Finals.
With a big heart for others and a fervor for volunteering, Keisha has participated in several cause-oriented programs through her organization, Crowns and Tiaras for a Cause where she is the Vice President and Co-Founder. She has participated in the Operation Christmas Child Program and helped gather over 3,000 gift-filled boxes for less fortunate children around the world. In honor of her great grandmother who passed away with dementia, Keisha initiated a program centered on her platform on Alzheimer’s Awareness, Strolling Down Memory Lane. She regularly visited nursing homes and memory care centers where she creates scrapbooks with the patients afflicted with Alzheimer’s to help jog their memory. In addition, being a victim of bullying herself when she first migrated from the Philippines, Keisha has a strong conviction to help put an end to bullying so no one would ever have to experience the harrowing feeling of being bullied. Keisha started her own “Stand Up to Bullying” campaign where she conducted numerous anti-bullying sessions at various schools and daycare facilities within her community. She is actively working on making her nonprofit organization, Crowns and Tiaras for a Cause grow into a nationally recognized organization.
In her spare time, she enjoys baking cakes and pastries for her family and friends. At home, she is dubbed as the “Cake Boss”. She also serves her church as a Sunday Mass Volunteer and Summer Camp Counselor promoting responsibility and spiritual growth of the campers. Keisha loves to meet new people and can chatter your ear off with all three languages that she speaks.
During her reign, she plans to use her crown and banner not as an accessory but as a microphone to influence and inspire others and show them the benefits of public service, high academics, and pursuing their dreams. While traveling across the country experiencing new adventures, growing as a person, and meeting new friends, she will continue to promote USA National Miss and its national platform, The Crown Cares.