Michaela Edstrand is a senior at Omaha Skutt Catholic High School. She has been involved with her school’s debate team and has played on the tennis team. Currently, she is on the yearbook staff, serves as the secretary of the Student Council, and is the head of her school’s service club, Operation Others. Outside of school, Michaela enjoys being a marketing representative for one of her favorite local boutique, Four Sisters Boutique. She also enjoys volunteering. She volunteers for multiple organizations that serve the special needs community such as The Ollie Webb Center “Just Friends” program where she serves as a mentor to a seventeen year old young lady. She also volunteers her time as an ambassador for Smart Girls Society, an organization dedicated to educating young girls and parents about the safe use of social media and devising ways to prevent bullying and boost confidence among young girls.
One way Michaela has discovered to boost confidence is through volunteering in her community. Michaela began volunteering her time when she was 14 at a local daycamp for children with special needs. She learned that volunteering didn’t just change the lives of other people for the better, it changed her life in a positive way as well. She has put in hundreds of volunteer hours during her high school career and was awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award in May 2017. She has also received a service award from her high school as well. Michaela feels that giving back to your community and encouraging others to do the same is a positive way to embrace and embody the Miss USA system motto of “Confidently Beautiful”. It means to find what you are passionate about and use that passion to make positive changes around you. To Michaela, there is no greater feeling than helping someone become their best self.
Michaela’s future plans include attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln after her graduation from high school in May. At the moment her major is undeclared, but after spending time in Atlanta last summer and New York last fall working as a Jovani It girl with the Jovani company, she developed an interest in marketing and communications. She also has developed an interest in public relations and event planning after volunteering with different non-profits organizations. Her dream job is to one day be the head of public relations for a non-profit who focuses on the needs of young women.
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