Remember our 2016 titleholders!
MISS LANE COUNTY KAYLA GORDON
Our 2016 Miss Lane County titleholder, Kayla graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Public Relations and a minor in music. Nominated by instructional faculty, she earned the PR Duck Award as the outstanding PR student of the graduating class and the Centurion Award for dedicated service as a student leader. She has a passion for community activism and enjoys volunteering with nonprofits through the Miss Oregon Program. Kayla is training her Australian Labradoodle puppy, Ollie, to be a therapy dog so he can accompany her on children’s hospital visits. Kayla currently works at a marketing and brand management agency in Eugene as an account assistant and social media coordinator. She hopes to pursue a graduate degree in health communication and work with nonprofits in the future. A true Oregonian, she enjoys exploring and hiking the Pacific Northwest on weekends. Kayla’s platform is Action for a Safer America. During her year of service, she will raise awareness of the complexity of gun violence in America and promote gun safety. Kayla is a graduate of Umpqua Community College, where the deadliest mass shooting in Oregon’s history took place just last year.
MISS UNIVERSITY OF OREGON FRANCESCA DAIZOVI
Our 2016 Miss University of Oregon titleholder, Francesca is a 20 year old Junior at the University of Oregon earning a degree in Environmental Studies and a minor in Business Administration. She works as a Peer Adviser with the Office of Academic Advising and enjoys helping students succeed in their academics. She worked at the United States Embassy in Berlin, Germany in the Economics Section as an intern during her summer of 2015 where she accompanied diplomats in international meetings and helped brief diplomats on the Greek economic crisis. Francesca is an active member of the fraternity Alpha Chi Omega, which hosts a philanthropy each year that promotes awareness about sexual violence.
Francesca is heavily involved with her platform, Mentoring Matters, in the Eugene/Springfield area where she mentors young women in the community. She believes that having strong role models for future generations is the best way to empower young girls and inspire them to go out and work toward achieving their goals. She says that anyone can be a mentor, with or without the title. As long as you can inspire a person to be the best version of themselves, you are a mentor.
Francesca finds herself getting lost in books stores and coffee shops and loves taking day trips to the Oregon Coast. With her love for the outdoors and the Pacific Northwest, you will find Francesca hiking up mountains for a workout more than you will find her in the gym. Oregon is the state she will always call home, and the University of Oregon is the university she will always root for. Go Ducks!
MISS LINN-BENTON SHIVALI KADAM
Our 2016 Miss Linn-Benton titleholder, Shivali is a junior majoring in Chemical Engineering at Oregon State University. She works as a Teaching Assistant in College of Engineering and as a University Honors College Ambassador. She is also in the MECOP program and will begin a six-month internship for CH2M in the spring. In her free time, she enjoys making vegan food, playing with her cat, Desiré, and singing with OSU’s female a capella group, Divine. Shivali’s platform is Mentorship Programs for Women in Engineering. She is passionate about helping young women interested in engineering find the support and opportunities they need to be successful in this field. Shivali also wants to challenge traditional stereotypes related to femininity and engineering.
MISS LANE COUNTY OUTSTANDING TEEN CHARLIE EMERY
Our 2016 Miss Lane County Outstanding Teen titleholder, Charlie is a Thurston High School Sophomore dedicated to volunteering and helping wherever and whenever she can. Charlie plans on earning a degree in psychology and then pursuing her career goal to become a police officer and eventually a detective. Charlie is captain of her cross country team, the sophomore representative for her schools Student V.O.I.C.E council, and has recently began competing in pole vault and the 300-meter hurdles for Thurstons track team. Charlie enjoys scuba diving and volunteering as a scout on Lane County Search and Rescue. In her free time, Charlie likes to hike, bake, create new nail designs and hangout with her best friend, her therapy dog, Patrick. Charlie’s platform is Depression Awareness and Acceptance. She recently became very passionate about changing views of mental health issues, mainly focusing on depression, and educating on how to help yourself while depressed or another person while they are depressed. In her year as Miss Lane County’s OT, Charlie plans on hosting a walk/run to spread awareness about depression, speaking and educating throughout Lane County, and using social media to help with sharing her platform.