Sunday, June 2, 2013

Miss Oregon: Gabrielle Neilan
Hometown: Gresham
Height: 5’ 5”
Age: 22

The 22-year-old native lass from Gresham is a certified Phlebotomy Technician who is actively involved with three prominent organizations.
"It only takes one drop," a non-profit organization that brings awareness and minimizes the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS, My Father's House, a homeless shelter in Oregon, and the Big Brothers Big Sisters Organization.

"Being beautiful is more than just the way that you look. Radiating who you are is what beauty truly is to me."

Miss Pennsylvania: Jessica Billings
Hometown: Philadelphia
Height: 5’ 9”
Age: 26

Jessica Billings received her Bachelor of Science degree from Saint Mary’s College of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN, where she was an honors graduate in Business/Marketing, with a minor in Sociology. She currently models the latest beauty, fashion and jewelry trends for ShopNBC and travels the world as flight attendant.

In 2007, Jessica was selected by the White House to attend the United Nations World Youth Leadership Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, and later had the opportunity to address the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. Internationally, Jessica has served on a non-government organization (NGO) called the Global Road Safety Taskforce for the World Health Organization.

One of Jessica’s greatest inspirations has been her older brother, Jamey. Diagnosed with autism at the age of two, Jamey has taught Jessica the joys of appreciating the differences in all people and to never take a day for granted. Jessica has served and continues to serve as a sibling advocate for the Autism Society and other organizations designed to enhance the lives of people with disabilities. Jessica is a Special Olympics Award announcer and coach, a sibling advocate for the Autism Society and a sibling workshoppresenter, a trained ABA (Applied Behavioral Analyst) therapist for children with autism, and she has organized teams for the Autism Society’s Steps of Hope annual fundraiser. Her service has earned her the Presidential Call to Service Award.

"I am a real and down to earth girl who appreciates life’s moments as part of a grander scheme that is revealed through day-to-day experiences."

Source: Miss USA


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