Miss America 2.0

Mikhayla Hughes-Shaw

Iowa 2018

Mikhayla Hughes-Shaw

State:  Iowa

School: University of Iowa

College Major: Journalism and Mass Communications; Certificate in Critical Cultural Competence

Scholarship Winnings: $13,000

Social Impact Initiative: How About H.O.P.E. – Suicide Awareness and Prevention (Helping Others and Providing Encouragement)

Miss America empowered me to: speak my truth! There is something so powerful about sharing your story with the hope of helping someone share theirs. This program, the title, and crown are tools to inspire change.

Bio: Mikhayla is majoring in Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Iowa, working toward a career in broadcast journalism. She is a violinist and a mental health and suicide awareness advocate. As someone who previously battled depression and suicidal thoughts, Mikhayla’s campaign “How About H.O.P.E. – Suicide Awareness and Prevention” inspires change in our mental health culture through sharing personal stories and encouraging compassion. Mikhayla believes the Miss America Organization provides a prime avenue to open discussion on the topic of mental health and assist in ending the suicide epidemic.

Photo credit: Yachin Parham