MEET THE 2020 MISS CALIFORNIA USA®
Allyshia migrated to the United States with her single mother when she was only a few years old. She spent her childhood growing up on a rural farm in Florida where she developed a passion for equestrian sport. When she wasn’t on a horse, Allyshia was working at her family restaurant where she credits her strong work ethic, commitment to serve, and people skills too! At 15, Allyshia left home to attend a European boarding school where she obtained advanced level qualifications in business, psychology, and philosophy of religion and science. She then returned to the states and started her own business before matriculating at Auburn University where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in business administration and entrepreneurship.
After university, Allyshia chased a career in media and landed her first job working for ABC network in Los Angeles, CA, where she currently resides with her English bulldog, Bentley. Allyshia is passionate about female empowerment- specifically in business and entrepreneurship and has her own non-profit organization, Care to Create, which supports this agenda as well as various other causes close to Allyshias heart. Before entering Miss California USA, Allyshia had waited 8 years to naturalize and become a US citizen, allowing her to be eligible for the competition. Allyshia hopes to inspire others to chase their dreams because she believes that everyone can achieve their fairytale ending if they work hard enough for it.
MEET THE 2020 MISS CALIFORNIA TEEN USA®
Zoe is captain of her competitive kayak racing team, has medaled at USA Sprint Kayak Nationals, and is a member of the Olympic Development Team. Zoe has discovered her passion for the outdoors through kayaking and encourages and advocates for a healthy lifestyle in our youth. She has started a campaign called “GOGA” which stands for “Go Outside, Get Active” where she volunteers her time to help our youth put down their devices and find their passion for the outdoors, whether it is running, hiking, etc.
Zoe is an officer for the National Honors Society at Coronado High School, as well as a recipient of academic achievement awards in foreign language and history. She has maintained an above 4.0 GPA. Zoe will be attending a University in California in the Fall of 2020. Her love of public speaking has led her to pursue a career in broadcast journalism!
Zoe wants to encourage all girls to embrace every aspect of themselves. She is a pageant girl, an athlete, a student, and much more. It would be easy to categorize herself as only one of those things, but she embraces all of them! Zoe wants girls to not let society put them in a singular box, but to explore and strengthen all sides of who they are. In her free time, Zoe loves to seek adventure, travel, and live life to the fullest.