Michaela Abelgas, 23 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. 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 the University of Florida Pharmacy School, a prestigious Top 10 Pharmacy School, where she will pursue a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree this Fall.
Michaela is a 5-time National titleholder from some of the biggest and most prestigious pageant systems in the United States including National American Miss, International Junior Miss, Royal International Miss, Miss American Coed, and USA National Miss.
Currently, she is the reigning 2018 USA National Miss, having won the coveted National crown at the National pageant held last July in Orlando, Florida. As the USA National Miss, she plans to use her crown and banner to promote their national platform - Crown CARES. She sets out to influence and inspire others and show them the benefits of public service, high academics, and pursuing their dreams.
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 and President of Abelgas Pageant Consulting - mentoring and guiding young ladies in their journey towards the crown. She takes pride in having helped numerous girls capture state, national, and international titles and realize their dreams.