Dancing since the age of 4, Michaela loves performing and being on stage. One of her greatest joys is using her talent of dance to make people smile. At the age of 16, she was honored to be invited to join a professional dance company, Master Works Touring Company. She has had the opportunity to dance in Israel, Time Square, and as summer entertainment for Beach Street in Virginia Beach. With a desire to one day become a Sportscaster she is working towards her BA in Journalism at Old Dominion University. Her passion for dance has led to her minor in Dance and Performing Arts.
Michaela started participating in pageants at the age of 6. She has been blessed to hold the titles of Miss Virginia Princess; Miss Supermodel; Miss Preteen Star of Tomorrow; Portsmouth Seawall Preteen, and teen; Miss New River Valley, and was the state and national Preteen winner for Miss America Coed. As Miss Portsmouth Seawall’s Outstanding teen Michaela placed 2nd runner up at state and won the Dominick Fink Dance Scholarship Award. As Miss New River Valley she was the non-finalist talent award winner.
Branching out to use her other talents, Michaela has appeared in Supermodel and Pageantry magazines, and has had guest appearances on the television shows FBI Criminal Pursuit and Alaska: Cold Blooded Killers. She has also won local, state, and national titles in dance, pageants, and modeling.
Michaela’s motto has always been “the greatest blessing is to be a blessing”. This motto led her to understand the importance of service from a young age, and led to the creation of her platform “Making it Matter”. With her passion for dance, feeding the hungry, and her love for people, Michaela is leading by example and hoping to help others to follow.
Michaela recently received the honor of being crowned Miss Virginia 2016. She will be her state’s representative at the Miss America pageant to be held in Atlantic City, New Jersey, September 11th.