Miss District of Columbia 2016
During her reign, Shannon’s goal is to deliver love around the world through letters. Her platform, Letters of Love, is an outreach initiative she founded that allows her to visit students to write letters of thanks to our military, share hope with hospital patients, and respond to special requests. As a trauma survivor and someone who lost a parent, she has been healed by her faith in God and from others who have shared words of encouragement and compassion. She believes in the power that these valuable letters can hold for the recipients.
As Miss District of Columbia International 2016, Shannon encourages military appreciation and delivers letters to the USO and raises awareness of safe driving and seatbelt safety as an advocate for the Trauma Survivors Network. Shannon also works with the Washington Metropolitan area Go Red for Women organization, a movement of the American Heart Association, to create awareness of women’s heart and health issues. When traveling outside of the country she promotes the Miss International pageant system and encourages young women to follow their heart and pursue their passion.
Education has always came first on her list of priorities and at 20 years old she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Studies with a minor in Public Relations from West Virginia University. Less than a year later she decided to continue her education and earned a Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Management from the University of Maryland University College then completed a Master of Science Degree in Management specializing in Human Resources. She was chosen as the Commencement Speaker during graduation at the Xfinity Center in College Park, Maryland. Today she is a Student Mentor for the WVU Eberly College of Arts and Sciences to help the transition from graduation to the workforce and a member on the UMUC Alumni Association Board.
Committed to pursuing her dreams as a dancer and sports fan, she is on the Baltimore Ravens Playmaker Squad for her second season and is a Dancer on the Washington Redskins Training Program. In her free time she volunteers as a Peer Visitor for the Trauma Survivors Network at hospitals throughout the DMV. She was casted in a Reality TV Show The Fashion Hero filmed in Mexico in 2014. Before becoming a Delta Flight Attendant in 2015, she worked as a Program Analyst at the U.S. Census Bureau for five years and a radio intern on 98.7 WMZQ for The Boxer Show stationed in Washington D.C. aired around the country. She is based in New York City as a Flight Attendant and resides outside the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. She enjoys boating, road trips, motorcycles, skydiving, skiing, scrap booking, and spending quality time with her friends and family.
Miss Maryland International 2016
Throughout her reign, her goal is to create increased awareness surrounding the need for quality learning opportunities for our early learners regionally and nation-wide. She serves as a Tigerlily Foundation Ambassador to advocate for, encourage and empower women of all ages before, during and after breast cancer. She works full time for ZeniMax Media—the parent company of several gaming studios all across the globe developing and deploying risk-management initiatives throughout the company. In her free time she enjoys working out, reading, volunteering in the community, shopping, knitting, hanging out with friends and maintaining an online store “Polka and Dot”. The motto that grounds and motivates her is “be the change you wish to see in the world”!
In May of 2013 Mia joined the ranks of Virginia Tech alumna, with a Bachelor’s of Science in Sociology with double minors in African and African American Studies.
During her undergrad years Mia worked as a teacher’s aide in local elementary schools, as a resident advisor, a journalist for the local radio affiliate WUVT Blacksburg, and ran her own locally renowned blog, Southern Fashionista—which includes her adventures exploring the fashion and entertainment world of Southwest Virginia and Washington, DC.
Following graduation she spent a year with AmeriCorps, serving with a dropout prevention organization in Washington, DC developing a searchable resource guide for all 8 wards of the District; coordinating community events for students; and sourcing and funding resources for students’ success. Following the completion of her term, Mia was inspired to continue a life of service and joined a finance firm on-contract in Columbia, MD developing funding proposals for mixed-use real estate proposals. Incidentally, many of these projects included the maintenance and upgrade of educational institutions.
Encouraged by a forming trend in her life, Mia enrolled in Montgomery College’s AAS program for Early Childhood Instruction and Education, with the goal of forming her own education institution. With this degree in hand in May 2017, and a nonprofit board of industry experts, Mia is well on her way to enrolling students of her own early childhood institution which will open Fall 2018.