MRHS grad is Miss Earth 'Water' 2021
Last updated 1/26/2021 at 2:33pm
Alyssa Magalong, formerly of Security, was named Miss Earth USA Water 2021 (2nd Runner-up) during the final national competition aired Jan. 17 on the VIP Pageantry channel. The pageant took place at the Chapin Theater inside the Orange County Convention Center of Orlando, Fla. The national competition included the categories of community service, interview, multimedia, swimwear, runway and evening gown.
Magalong joins the top 5 national court with Marisa Butler of Maine (Miss Earth USA 2021, Winner), Alyssa Klinzing of California (Miss Earth USA Air 2021, 1st Runner-up), Kennedy Thomas of Alabama (Miss Earth USA Fire 2021, 3rd Runner-up), and C'yana Denby of Maryland (Miss Earth USA Eco 2021, 4th Runner-up).
Prior to the national competition, Magalong served as Miss Colorado Earth 2020 where she promoted and continues to promote her platform, "Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose – Recycled Projects." She is most proud of her efforts for her Think Global, Act Local Project where she and over 35 volunteers across Colorado crocheted and repurposed more than 7,500 clean, plastic grocery bags that were made into sleeping mats for those experiencing homelessness. Sleeping mats were donated to The Action Center in Lakewood, and she was able to partner with the city of Louisville to advocate for a plastic bag tax and the use of reusable grocery bags.
"I would like to thank my family, friends, sponsors and the Colorado community for your continued support," Magalong said. "I am excited to be a voice for Mother Earth and to continue to make a positive impact through environment and sustainability advocacy. The Miss Earth USA organization truly is more than a beauty pageant. We are a 'Beauty for a Cause.'"
In 2012, Magalong graduated from Mesa Ridge High School where she was the Senior Class president and athlete on the volleyball and track & field teams. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Western Colorado University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication and double minors in business administration and sociology. While at Western, she received academic and athletic scholarships and played NCAA Division II Volleyball. Magalong is currently a certified personal trainer, youth volleyball coach and model.