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2018 Miss Oregon USA Contestants

Alexis Wallace

Alexis Wallace

Washington County USA

As a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) survivor, Alexis is passionate about educating the public on the seriousness of disability and the long term effects. Alexis has spoken nationally about this subject as well as traveling the state of Oregon as a voice for injury prevention through ThinkFirst Oregon. Along with being a TBI speaker, Alexis has traveled throughout the Northwest as an emcee and dancer for Radio Disney. Alexis works for a Portland advertising agency and is finishing her B.A. from Portland State University.

Alyssa Nagy

Alyssa Nagy

Corvallis USA

Alyssa has begun her final year at Oregon State University as a Marketing Major. After graduation, Alyssa plans to pursue a career in brand management for an up and coming winery in the Willamette Valley! Aside from school, this true Oregonian has a big passion for the environment and recycling! She even helped her old school win a “Green School” award or starting a shoe and battery recycling program

Arielle Freytag

Arielle Freytag

Willamette Water Trail USA

Arielle works in her field of studies as a music and entertainment journalist. She enjoys interviewing musicians and celebrities about their community involvement. This inspires kids and teens to get involved in their own communities. She studies Korean and one day aspires to work as a liaison in the South Korean entertainment industry. Arielle’s passion is volunteerism and her latest project is Happy Birthday Blessings, where she donates complete parties to disadvantaged or ill youth.

Blanca Olivas

Blanca Olivas

Marion County USA

Blanca is a jewelry consultant and a certified diamontologist. Some of her goals consist of having her own brand of clothing and owning a chain of stores. She studied psychology but soon realized it wasn’t her passion. She went on to pursue her goal of fashion designing. She now enjoys being a personal stylist. Blanca enjoys keeping herself busy in her community, one of them is her passion for learning different cultures of religion.

Caitlen Monnone

Caitlen Monnone

Benton County USA

Caitlen is a 22-year-old graduate of Oregon State University with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science. She hopes to work for a Geographical Information Systems company as a Geospatial Analyst. Outside of Geography, Caitlen’s passion lies in her personal platform “Caitlen’s Crusade: Supporting Victims of Childhood Trauma.” Her love of adventure has taken her to fifteen countries, backpacking expeditions, and intimate wildlife experiences. Her Goldendoodle, Hansel, is a constant companion from hikes to gardening.

Jacquelyne Egbe

Jacquelyne Egbe

Rose City USA

Jacquelyne, 26, is a first Generation Nigerian-American and a Licensed Cosmetologist at the Chic Salon & Spa located along the South Waterfront Downtown. Her Goal in Life includes building a hair school to help with the development of the economy in Nigeria, expanding on her Cosmetic business “Umachi Cosmetics”, becoming a sought-after hairstylist, and building a chain of luxury hotel & spas. She lives by motto “happiness, health, & wealth”.

Kayla Knock

Kayla Knock

Forest Grove USA

Learning classical ballet and boxing at the same time sounds challenging, but Kayla enjoys the grace and poise she gained from ballet, with the strength and agility from boxing. But, Kayla doesn’t stop there. She is a NCAA swimmer, and qualified for the Northwest Championships finals every year. Her passions motivated her to major in public health and nutrition at Pacific University, where she is on academic scholarship. Kayla also loves volunteering for the Ronald McDonald House and baking healthy treats for all the families who are staying there.

Laura-Ann Ross

Laura-Ann Ross

Rogue USA

Laura-Ann is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys everything Oregon has to offer. She is an avid hiker and enjoys fishing the rivers near her home. She is a wildland firefighter during summer and goes to school full time in the winter. Laura-Ann has an Associate’s Degree focused in Forestry and is currently pursuing a Bachelors in wildfire ecology and forestry management at Oregon State University.

Manju Bangalore

Manju Bangalore

Benton County USA

Manju is a senior at the University of Oregon where she is studying physics and math. From Corvallis, she often visits home, particularly to see her puppy, Murphy. Manju has conducted research at the University of Oregon and interned at both the White House and NASA. She founded and served as the Executive Director of a local nonprofit for over two years. In her free time, she enjoys flying planes and acting.

Natalie Tonneson

Natalie Tonneson

Multnomah USA

An Oregon native, Natalie sticks to her roots enjoying all outdoor activities, and living a healthy lifestyle. She works at Nike, is a youth Zumba Instructor and represents Sports and Lifestyle Unlimited Agency as a model. Her free time is filled volunteering, and discovering her new favorite restaurant in Portland. If crowned Miss Oregon USA, she plans to empower youth to take charge of their health, and live the life they imagine.

Samantha Hamel

Samantha Hamel

Clackamas County USA

At 20 years old, Samantha works at a veterinary clinic as their youngest supervisor. She is also completing a criminal justice degree and plans on becoming an animal cruelty investigator while inspiring women to pursue their dreams in male dominated careers like law enforcement. She enjoys spending time with her Cockatoo “Frosty”, and visiting rescue animals on her parent’s farm. Samantha hopes to return to Costa Rica where she volunteered after graduating early from high school.

Sara Donahue

Sara Donahue

Columbia River USA

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Sara is currently working in the cosmetics industry as a product developer & marketer. Born & raised in Hood River, Oregon, Sara is an advocate for getting outside & staying active. She enjoys volunteering for organizations that inspire people to do the same, while also helping them to discover their passion. She loves adventures, like windsurfing, riding in helicopters & small planes, & skydiving. Sara is honored to represent the Columbia River Gorge of Oregon.

Sara Hirshman

Sara Hirshman

Douglas County USA

After graduating from the University of Florida with a degree in History and a minor in International Relations, Sara permanently moved to the west coast and ultimately settled in Oregon to be near her family. Using her travel experiences, Sara is writing a budget friendly travel guide hoping to inspire all young adults to experience other cultures and peoples of the world. Sara also volunteers as a piano instructor teaching underprivileged youth music.

Shandee White

Shandee White

Eugene USA

Shandee is a 25 year old student who is inspired to be a nurse in the labor and delivery department. She is one of the friendliest people you will meet. She lights up every room she enters and she always makes you feel like best friends. She may only be 5’3 but she has the confidence and attitude of 6’3. With her glass half full attitude, she knows anything is possible.

Stephanie Matheson

Stephanie Matheson

Rose City USA

Stephanie is earning her Masters in Teaching for Secondary Social Studies at George Fox University. One of her biggest passions is giving back; Stephanie has thousands of community service hours both locally, across the State and Country, as well as internationally. As Miss Oregon USA 2017, she wants to empower others – She wants to be an advocate for youth mentorship and mental illness awareness. In her spare time, you can find Stephanie outdoors exploring the wonders of Oregon.

Summer Pilcher

Summer Pilcher

Milwaukie USA

Summer is attending college pursuing a dream towards a degree in broadcast journalism, while working full time as a personal stylist and always staying active. She traveled across Europe in her free time opening her eyes to different cultures. Then adjusted to a new family dynamic with a gifted little girl added to her family. She learned that she loved helping children in the foster care program, and making them feel loved. Summer is a strong independent, charismatic young woman chasing her dreams.

Tiffany Ingram

Tiffany Ingram

Happy Valley USA

Tiffany is a 27-year-old Pharmacy Technician and Undergraduate Student on a lifelong mission to help youth lead happier, healthier lives. Growing up in Portland, she caught colds often and struggled with her health. By age 22, she felt inspired to help children and teenagers improve their lives. When she isn’t helping people, Tiffany loves going on adventures and being immersed in the great outdoors. Above all, she loves creating beautiful memories with her loved ones.

Toneata Morgan

Toneata Morgan

SUNSET BAY

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Tracing her roots to Oregon’s original settlers in the 1850s, proud dairy farmers, loggers, and fishermen, Toneata Morgan now makes her home in the coastal town of Coquille. Toneata is 21 years old and will graduate in 2018 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, and a Minor in Film and Television Studies.

A busy actress and model, she can be seen in several popular reality TV series, including “Beauty and the Geek Australia,” “Growing Up Hip Hop,” and “Master P’s Family Empire.”

Toneata is also an entrepreneur as CEO and designer for All Legs, her active-wear company. Her ultimate career goal is to build a fashion empire, starting with her All Legs active-wear, while continuing acting and modeling. Through entertainment content and long-valued morals, Toneata wants to inspire a movement among millennials towards an inclusive, more caring, and connected community nationwide.

Giving back is extremely important to Toneata, so she has dedicated All Legs to taking action with every sale, contributing to charities promoting causes that matter to women, such as cyberbullying, including the Kind Campaign and the Cybersmile Foundation.

In honor of her late father, a Purple Heart Veteran who died when she was just one year old, Toneata also supports the Wounded Warrior Project, the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and other veterans’ causes.

Consequently, as her Miss Oregon USA 2018 platform, Toneata is passionate about educating youth about cyberbullying and supporting our veterans and the military. She looks forward to speaking at schools and other organizations where positive role models are needed to encourage young people to go after their dreams and goals, and to honor those veterans whose sacrifices have made our way of life possible.

Toneata has many awards and honors, including being on the Dean’s List at her university; in the Top 15% of her high school class; Ambassador, National Society of High School Scholars, and winner of her county’s 2014 VFW Voice of Democracy Speech Competition.

For fun, Toneata enjoys exercise/fitness, kayaking, hiking, camping, swimming, boating, ATVs, horseback riding and, of course, shopping / fashion.

Toneata sets goals, works hard, and dreams big. She seeks to honor her state as “the first Miss Oregon crowned Miss USA, then competing for the title of Miss Universe.”

Vasti Arias-Montero

Vasti Arias-Montero

Salem USA

Vasti, 19, is a Political Science and Early Childhood Education major at Oregon State University and Chemeketa Community College. She is currently working for the Salem-Keizer School District, and hopes to open a community indoor soccer facility. In her free time she can be found jogging, reading, and spending time with friends and family. She gives special thanks to her sponsors: Hizzi Salon, El Nopal, El Perico, Emilio’s Bakery, Don Pedro, and Genesis Carpet Cleaning.