Miss Wyoming USA
Miss Wyoming USA 2017
Mikaela Shaw, 23, of Casper Wyoming, is the daughter of Shawn and Jenny Shaw and the older sister of Morgan and John Henry. A graduate of the University of Wyoming, Mikaela earned her degree in Marketing from the University of Wyoming College of Business. Through Mikaela’s studies, she received the opportunity to spend a semester studying abroad at the University of Birmingham (U.K.) where she gained invaluable exposure to foreign culture, customs, and understandings that can only be found across the world. This experience inspired her love for travel which led her to explore ten countries since studying abroad. She also earned the opportunity to complete a market research study in Spain and Portugal through the University of Wyoming upon graduating. Additionally, Mikaela has been very involved in campus and community initiatives. Mikaela is a member of the Chi Omega Sorority, judge for the Wyoming DECA, UW Symphony Alumni, former marketing chair for the American Marketing Association, Alpha Kappa Psi honorary member, Violin Performance Scholarship recipient at the University of Wyoming, and recipient of the Cheney Study Abroad Scholarship.
As an active violinist and ambassador for Music Workshop, Mikaela works to promote the importance of music education. After picking up the violin in second grade, she experienced the valuable benefits that music provides and has not stopped since. Music fosters confidence within Mikaela and is a permanent principal in her academic successes. As other musicians and role models before her, Mikaela wants to be a leader and encouraging figure for young students to become excited about learning and playing music.
Not a lifetime pageant contestant, Mikaela entered the Miss Wyoming USA Pageant in an attempt to challenge herself and broaden her skills. The Miss USA Organization is one of the most prestigious programs in America. It empowers women while allowing contestants to further their education with scholarships. Throughout her life, she has always looked up to women who have displayed these virtues.
In her free time, Mikaela loves to cook. Some of her favorite memories include making homemade ravioli over the Christmas holiday with her family. Mikaela also enjoys taking advantage of the great Wyoming outdoors and exploring everything Wyoming has to offer! She loves playing tennis, going camping, running, snowshoeing, and just recently picked up golf. One of her favorite roles is being the mother to a little brindle whippet mix puppy named Stella. Stella entered her life while Mikaela was volunteering at the Casper Humane Society a year ago.
Mikaela is excited about representing Wyoming at the Miss USA Pageant. She is highly passionate about demonstrating the virtues that make Wyoming exceptional.