Perez named Miss Lehigh Acres USA | News, Sports, Jobs
A Lehigh Acres resident was recently selected to represent her community in the Miss Florida USA Competition as Miss Lehigh Acres USA.
Sheyla Ravelo Perez, who has been making festivals since she was 11, was chosen because of her “Academic and professional interests, engagement in their community, their passion for the pursuit of excellence, and their interest in empowering other young women to follow in their footsteps.” according to the Miss Universe organization.
After taking a hiatus for a few years, she decided to start again this year and sent in her application with basic questions like aspirations, goals, and what she’s doing for her community.
Perez said they had a record year of applications with more than 1,000 applications. Around 100 girls were selected from these for the competitions.
“What I really like about them is that you meet so many like-minded women.” she said, adding that she also enjoys the fact that beauty and intelligence are celebrated side by side. “I’ve made some lifelong connections.”
As Miss Lehigh Acres USA, Perez will run for Miss Florida USA, then Miss USA and then Miss Universe. The competition will take place in Orlando from July 16 to July 18.
Two young Florida women will be promoted to either Miss Teen USA or Miss USA and eventually Miss Universe. The package includes more than $ 100,000 in gifts, cash, and scholarships for Miss Florida USA and Miss Florida Teen USA. It also includes things like the official crown and sash, round-trip transport to Miss USA / Miss Teen USA, an official competition gown, official crown portrait, fitness coaching, skin care and hair care.
“We actively encourage young women in the state of Florida to give back in their communities and to work on issues that they are passionate about. Our organization strives to bring new opportunities to women in the fields of media, entertainment, modeling, fashion, beauty and more at our events throughout the year and on the actual competition weekend. “ Robin Ross-Fleming, CEO of Girlbossing Inc., said in a prepared statement.
To prepare for the competition, Perez does a lot of preparation, which includes mental preparation. She has reached out to old public speaking coaches and trained, making sure all of her wardrobe is put together.
Perez is also trying to get more involved in her community by reaching out to coordinators at local events to make appearances, as well as local small businesses to complete sponsorship deals to promote products in exchange for financial support.
“I’m eager to get out of there” She said. “I am honored to represent you.”
The young woman is about to finish her junior year at the University of Florida as a medical student and will be taking the summer off to really get involved in her community.
She majored in health education and behavior with a focus on health sciences and potential minor subjects chemistry and event management.
“I’ve loved science since I was little” said Perez. “I was fascinated by medicine. I fell in love with chemistry. I keep my mind open. My goal is to study medicine and to study medicine. “
As her love for chemistry developed, she thought her experience could really help others, so she reached out to her professor and got her first teaching position as an assistant. It depends on the courses in which she is helping, with which she is helping. Sometimes it answers questions or repeats material.
“It is mostly what my students need”, Perez said, adding that fortunately she has no grading responsibility.
Perez, who grew up in Lake Placid, moved to Lehigh Acres when she was attending school at East Lee County High School.