Michaela Abelgas, 22 years old, hails from Jacksonville, Florida. She is a Filipino American who immigrated from the Philippines to the United States when she was ten years old in pursuit of bigger dreams, better opportunities, and a brighter future. She is trilingual, being able to speak Tagalog, Cebuano, and English. In May, 2018 she graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and a minor in Mass Communications. She was accepted into a prestigious Top 10 Pharmacy School, University of Florida where she will pursue a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree this Fall.

Knowing the importance of giving back, she has initiated several philanthropic projects through her organization, Crowns and Tiaras for a Cause where she is the President and Founder. She is also the founder of Bully Proof Shield, an anti-bullying campaign that she has brought to over 3,000 students across the country. Michaela has conducted several anti-bullying sessions through classroom visits and community presentations to school-aged children, their teachers, and their parents. It is her goal to create awareness and promote a bully-free and safe environment.

Pageants has opened a lot of doors and opportunities for her, enabling her to indulge in her passions. She has traveled to several different states to emcee various state and national shows and events. With her extensive pageant experience, she now works as a pageant coach, mentoring and guiding young ladies in their journey towards the crown. She takes pride in having helped several girls capture the crown and realize their dreams.

In her downtime, she loves video editing for her Youtube channel, traveling across the world, and stepping out of her comfort zone as a thrill seeker. She has parasailed, cliff jumped, bunjee jumped, and swam with whale sharks!

As the USA National Miss 2018, she plans to use her crown and banner to influence and inspire others and show them the benefits of public service, high academics, and pursuing their dreams.

Be sure to follow Michaela’s year on Facebook @unmnationalmiss and on Instagram @usanationalmiss2018