- Tell us about yourself and how you began competing in pageants.
I started pageants in 2013. I got a letter in the mail to attend an open call for NAM. The organization’s theme of women empowerment is what lured me in to competing. I have always loved to perform, so it was another opportunity for me to be on stage so I signed up. Year after year the friendships that I made is what kept me coming back. While competing I obtained so many lifelong skills like interviewing, public speaking and community involvement.
- What does it mean to you to be National American Miss Florida?
Being National American Miss Florida is a dream come true. I competed for three years in the Teen age division without winning. I placed every year. My motivation and determination is what truly made me the queen that I am today. Being able to have this platform in order to share my message about Dyslexia has truly been the biggest blessing. I have been able to impact so many lives. This is the last age division at NAM so it is extremely special to be able to finish my time with NAM as a state queen.
- You recently competed for the title of 2017 National American Miss at Disneyland. What was the experience like?
The experience was priceless. I was able to meet my sister queens from all over the country. I was able to participate in several optional contests where I came home with 3rd runner up in the actress competition. This was particularly important to me because I go to school in NYC for acting at Marymount Manhattan College. As the competition came to a close it was a sentimental time. I was ending my time with NAM an organization that I have been with since 2013. This system has challenged me both on and off the stage and has been an instrumental part of my childhood and young adult life. I will miss it with all my heart.
- What does it mean to you to win third runner up in the actress category?
Winning third runner up in actress was so exciting. I study acting at Marymount Manhattan College so it was exciting to see my education come in handy. I first found out that I made Top 5 and then I had to re-compete at the finale where I placed third runner up! The competition was extremely tough so I could not be happier where I placed.
- When you aren’t competing, what can we find you doing?
You will most likely find me volunteering at the Wishes of Literacy where I help with planning events, peer mentoring, online campaigning and much more. I am Dyslexic so it is really important for me to help the community out in a way that is near and dear to my heart. I was to inspire other girls to fight for their dreams and their education regardless of their learning disabilities.