MISS COLUMBUS DAY 2017 – Olivia Michael
Hi everyone, I’m Olivia Michael Miss Columbus Day 2017! A graduate from The College of New Jersey with a major in Marketing and a minor in Communications, my ultimate goal is to become a broadcast journalist. My career to date has included internships at CNBC’s World Headquarters, the TODAY show, MSNBC, and CNN. My platform of “Arts for Everyone” aims to bridge the age gap and provide the arts to people of all socioeconomic backgrounds. As a result, I’ve worked alongside people from all different walks of life. I perform at retirement homes and rehab centers across the state, host arts and crafts night at children’s hospitals, visit schools and shelters for abused women and their children, and have partnered with community programs such as the YMCA and Free Arts to make the arts available for all. Some fun facts about myself- I’m half Cuban and thus bilingual (Spanish/English), I have a younger sister named Melanie, I have a small Maltese named Winnie, and I am a major foodie! Being Miss Columbus Day and a part of the BBF family has allotted me incredible opportunities. My title has opened doors to sharing my platform with large audiences, traveling the state, and meeting leaders and influencers from all corners of NJ- all of which have equipped me with life skills and blessings that have prepared me for my future.
MISS ATLANTIC COUNTY 2017 – Jacqueline Algarra
I am 22 years old and student at Holy Family University. Ill be graduating with my Bachelors in the Sciences of Nursing (BSN) in December. I plan to peruse a Masters Degree to become a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner after graduation. I currently enjoy seeing family and friends as well as kickboxing to stay in shape when I’m not in classes. I also enjoy attending church on the weekends as I am a Eucharistic Minister at St. Joan of Arc Parish. Winning Miss Atlantic County has changed my life in countless ways. The Jersey shore has always been my second home, and representing it has been the greatest honor I’ve ever received. Winning has taught me so much about myself through hours of interview and talent practice as well as learning how to speak publically with grace. I have had the chance to visit schools to talk about my platform, The National Eating Disorder Association and Body Positivity to spread awareness about the disorder. I have been able to meet many people at various events including Atlantic City’s current mayor Don Guardian as well as our very own Miss America, Savvy Sheilds. I will forever be grateful to everyone in The Bonnie Blue Foundation, The Miss New Jersey, and The Miss America Organization. Being Miss Atlantic County has taught me so many valuable lessons and the scholarships I’ve received have allowed me to further my education.