Media Appearances

Due to pageants, working with Love GIRLS Magazine and community involvement, I am featured in a variety of news outlets. Check them out below:

Harry Show, May 2017

Love GIRLS Magazine was invited to the Harry Show in May 2017 to talk about the important stories we feature in the magazine.  I publicly discuss my struggle with depression and suicidal thoughts in my 2016 cover article, which helped us help more girls who were struggling.

Miss Iowa 2018

http://www.clintonherald.com/news/local_news/miss-clinton-county-dazzles-to-state-title/article_0042a3f4-b353-5c6d-ae87-8c707817495b.html

https://qconline.com/news/local/rock-island-high-grad-is-the-new-miss-iowa/article_32ae70c3-41b0-50bb-8dc5-d7deb03081c3.html

https://wcfcourier.com/lifestyles/miss-iowa-focuses-on-hope-suicide-awareness/article_2141b276-ba72-59b6-bf22-8fd3eea212c0.html

Community Events and Appearances

Kwik Star Opening

https://www.adelnews.com/news/20190102/kwik-star-opens-new-location-in-grimes

Save Our Streets Event

https://qctimes.com/news/local/photos-save-our-streets-community-event-at-the-center/collection_f71b9df6-e26a-550d-b9f5-062402257c5f.html

Miss Shamrock 2019

http://www.emmetsburgnews.com/page/content.detail/id/531060/St–Pat-s-Celebration-Started-With-Crowning-of-Royalty.html?nav=5001

HOPE school tour

In partnership with the Cedar Rapids HOPE Walk and other community partners, I completed a school tour focused on equipping students of all ages with tools to recognize the signs of mental illness and suicidal ideation.  I spoke to nearly 10,000 students in the states of Iowa and Illinois about what to do when you are struggling, how to help someone else and where to seek help in their communities.

https://qconline.com/news/local/education/rocky-grad-will-share-message-of-hope-monday/article_f790e6f9-0768-5839-a906-9289f6867766.html

Miss Iowa 2018 Spreads Hopeful Messages About Mental Health Awareness to Schools

https://www.kwqc.com/content/misc/MissIowaSchoolTour-503901201.html

https://www.kcrg.com/content/news/Miss-Iowa-speaks-about-mental-health-with-students-at-Marion-Library-509241031.html

Radio and Podcasts:

The Beautifull Project by Sarah Stevens

https://www.thebeautifullproject.com/blog/2018/12/23/beauti-the-mikhayla-interview

Real Talk With Ru Podcast

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ep-13-from-hope-to-growth/id1440548201?i=1000428168739

New Miss Iowa leads suicide prevention group, knows importance of help

Miss America 2019 (2.0)

https://www.nj.com/atlantic/index.ssf/2018/09/miss_america_golf_lessons.html

https://www.thetimesnews.com/photogallery/NC/20180906/NEWS/828009991/PH/1/

How About HOPE

In 2015, I started a campaign called How About H.O.P.E. (Helping Others & Providing Encouragement) for mental health and suicide awareness.  In 2019, we gained non-profit status and now provide a space to have honest conversations about what it is like to deal with mental health issues and suicide.

To find out more about How About HOPE, visit: http://www.howabouthope.com.

Hosting the University Of Iowa Out of the Darkness Walk

http://daily-iowan.com/2018/04/23/afsp-hosts-walk-out-of-darkness-on-the-ui-campus/

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