HEIGHT: 5’ 7”
Cassandra Searles was born in Fort Rucker, Alabama, to a small military family. She was raised by her single mother along with her two siblings. When she was sixteen, she moved to Washington where she fell in love with the evergreen trees and fresh air. After graduating from high school she started a career with Sterling Bank where she has been working for the past six years. Wanting more than just ajob she enrolled at Bellevue College for her Associate's degree and then transferred to the University of Washington-Bothell. She graduated in 2012 earning her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration with a dual concentration of Management and Marketing.
In these hard financial times it is more important than ever for young people to understand the job market and money management. Cassandra is working with Junior Achievement where she hopes that her work and real life experience will help young people succeed and thrive in a global economy. Cassandra's other philanthropic efforts include Habitat for Humanity, Race for the Cure, Walk MS, and The Big Climb for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
"Everyone wants to be beautiful and pageants are a way for women to show off their hard work when it comes to internal and external beauty."
HOMETOWN: West Union
HEIGHT: 5’ 10”
Chelsea Lynn Welch graduated from Brown University in 2012 with a 3.9 GPA and a Bachelors of Science in Human Biology. While there, she served as a Presidential Host and as captain of the Brown University Cheerleaders. She currently attends graduate school at the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia. She is also part of the Peace Corps Masters International program and plans to serve in the Peace Corps upon graduation. Her career ambition is to solve our generation’s greatest environmental challenges as the Secretary of the Interior.
Chelsea represented West Virginia as the 2007 Miss West Virginia Teen USA and was in the top 5 at the 2007 Miss Teen USA Pageant. In her spare time she enjoys biking, taking road trips, and searching for the nation's best cupcake.
"I highly value the opportunity to be a role model for young women."
Source: Miss USA