Current Titleholders

T. Abigail Hoppe


Miss Three Rivers Outstanding Teen 2016

Abigail Hoppe

Age: 17
Talent: Spanish Fusion Dance
School Attending:
Platform: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Placement at State: Overall Interview Winner, Winner of Miss Oregon’s Outstanding Teen 2016

T. Claire Sparks


Miss Cascade’s Outstanding Teen 2016

Claire Sparks

Age: 17
Talent: Contemporary Ballet
School Attending:
Platform: Creating Universal Access to Good Nutrition and Fitness
Placement at State: Overall Fitness Winner


Miss City of Bridges 2016

Taylor Ballard

Age: 23
Talent: Dance
School Attending: Graduate of Portland State University
Major: Communications
Platform: Confidence Under Construction
Ultimate career & education goals: I would like to obtain my MBA in marketing. My goal is to work in the communications department for an athletic company.
Why I chose my platform and why it matters: I chose my platform, Confidence Under Construction, because it is something I have struggled with my entire life. I have learned how to build confidence in myself so I can accomplish my goals. I want to help build confidence in others so they too can be successful.
One piece of advice for girls who compete: I highly encourage anybody and everybody to give the Miss America Organization a try. This is my third year competing and my first title; anything is possible with perseverance and dedication. I have gained many skills through pageant preparations that I have been able to use in my daily life. Among those skills I have built upon, I have gained confidence and trust within my abilities. 
Placement at State: Participant Scholarship


Miss Willamette Valley 2016

Bailey Pilant

Age: 22
Talent: Vocal
School Attending: Portland State University
Major: Communications
Platform: Eating Disorder Awareness
Ultimate career & education goals: Masters in education and Peace corps
Why I chose my platform and why it matters:  My platform is very personal to me as I have recovered from an eating disorder. Eating disorders are a growing mental health issue in developed countries, yet are underfunded and under-educated. Due to this many men and women are not seeking help which leads to health complications and possibly death, which is why it is so important to start talking about it.
One piece of advice for girls who compete:Be your best self because you are unique. Have fun and cherish every moment.
Placement at State: Participant Scholarship


Miss Portland 2016

Alexis Mather

Age: 20
Talent: Opera
School Attending: Portland State University
Major: Psychology
Platform: Be a Mentor Your Way

Ultimate career & education goals: Obtain a Masters degree in Psychology, eventually open an office to counsel children and families facing divorce. Minor in music to incorporate music therapy into my practice and continue my platform of mentoring through music.
Why I chose my platform and why it matters:  Making a difference in kids’ lives and helping them accomplish their goals opened my eyes to the impact that I had through mentoring. Be a Mentor Your Way allows people to use their own life circumstances or special talents to positively encourage youth in their lives. Family changes and two working parents mean kids have less parental involvement than in the past. Now more than ever, we need people to step up and be a mentor to the children of our future!
One piece of advice for girls who compete: The reward through competing is not the crown or the title, but rather the journey and experiences along the way. This organization has many valuable life lessons to offer young women who have a willingness to learn with an open mind. Always be prepared for the unexpected while keeping in mind that everything happens for a reason.

Placement at state: Preliminary Talent Winner, Winner of Miss Oregon 2016


Miss Mt. Hood 2016

Gabriella Sturgill

Age: 20
Talent: Jazz Dance
School Attending: University of Portland
Major: Finance
Platform: A Better Community – Service, Mentorship, Education
Ultimate career & education goals: I want to graduate from University of Portland a year and a half early with my degree in finance, and then go on to become a financial advisor.
Why I chose my platform and why it matters: I choose my platform because I feel that it is really important to make a positive impact on the communities we come from. I feel that everyone can make a difference and get involved in something they are passionate about.
One piece of advice for girls who compete: Always be yourself because that’s the best you can be.
Placement at State: Top Seven Finalist


Miss Three Rivers 2016

Alexandra Amber

Age: 22
Talent: Vocal
School Attending: Portland State University – Fall 2016
Major: Psychology w/ a minor in Spanish

Platform: Fit for Life

Ultimate career & education goals: I would like to obtain a Master in Business Administration. This will allow me to pursue my career goal of becoming an executive director of a local non-profit.
Why I chose my platform and why it matters: Healthy lifestyles are something that many people in America struggle with. I struggled with my health when I was a teenager because I thought skinny was the same thing as being healthy. Fit for Life is about educating people on what healthy really looks like and providing them with the resources and support to make a lifestyle change big or small.
One piece of advice for girls who compete: If you’re going to compete, do it against yourself. You will never be a better her than she can be and she will never be a better you than you can be. Constantly working to be your best self is what makes you shine and more importantly makes you a winner regardless of whether or not there is a crown on your head.
Placement at State: Top Ten Finalist


Miss Cascade 2016

Jenn Albertson

Age: 24
Talent: Lyrical Dance
School Attending: University of Oregon
Major: Business Administration-Entrepreneurship Track Minor in Psychology
Platform: STAND for America’s Youth – Breaking the Cycle
Ultimate career & education goals: CEO, Fundraising Consulting Firm
Why I chose my platform and why it matters:  Our youth are our future. Currently over 700,000 of those children are victims of abuse – and that number only accounts for those who were able to report their abuse. STAND for America’s Youth addresses this epidemic by developing three main areas in at-risk youths’ lives: Physical and mental health, education and leadership.
One piece of advice for girls who compete: Come in with an open heart and cherish every minute of the journey!
Placement at State: Preliminary Fitness Winner, Overall Fitness Winner, Miracle Maker Award, First Runner Up