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  • Alabama ( May-2023 )
  • Phoenix, Arizona, USA

About (Summary)

I am a 21 year old from Phoenix, Arizona currently majoring in criminal justice and double minoring in cyber criminology and political science at the University of Alabama. I am part of the Accelerated Masters Program where I am getting my master's degree in criminal justice at the same time as my undergraduate studies. I have maintained a 4.0 GPA for the past 3 years in college and will continue to have a 4.0 GPA while finishing my master's degree. My second semester I was one of nine students to be accepted the Cyber Corps Scholarship for Service program at the University of Alabama to train to be the next generation of cyber security professionals. I made a commitment to work for the federal or state government for three years after graduation to be apart of the program. Last summer I interned in the front office of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and this upcoming summer I have an internship with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington D.C. I was apart of the mock trial team for four years in high school and was accepted onto the Alabama mock trial team to further my studies of the law. I have been competing in pageants since I was 11 years old and have had the honor of holding the Miss Arizona title twice. Currently I am the United States of America's Miss Alabama 2023. This opportunity has allowed me to participate in many community service events around my home state including being the lead speaker at the National Guard Youth Symposium spreading awareness against cyber bullying, packing food for families at Feed My Starving Children, and participating in the events that support sickness such as the CARES walk against cancer and the Kidney disease walk kidney. Coming from a household where my mom has served 28 years in the Arizona National Guard she has showed me that you can be a strong woman leader in a male dominated field. This has inspired me to work hard to pursue my own career goals in a male dominated field to show all young determined women you can be successful in anything you set your mind too.


University of Alabama
Criminal Justice, Political Science, Cyber Criminology
2020 to 2023
Xavier College Preparatory
High School
2016 to 2020
Rio Salado Community College
Associate of Arts
2016 to 2020
Rio Salado Community College
Associate of General Studies
2016 to 2020
The University of Alabama Graduate School
Criminal Justice
2022 to 2024

Your Major

Criminal Justice, Political Science, Cyber Criminology

Language Proficiency

English (US)

Honors and Awards

Presidents List
Made a 4.0 GPA
CyberCorps Scholarship for Service
Scholarship that helps with my education and training for a future in the cyber security field after graduation
Yellow Ribbon Scholarship
For dependents of a soldier who deployed after 9/11
Alabama Collegiate Scholarship
Award Received based on High School GPA
Julia Tutwiler Crimson Scholarship
Received based on High School GPA
Perpetual Fund Scholarship
Honor Roll all 4 years of high school
Essay contest winner to lay the wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington D.C.
Mock Trial MVP
Miss Arizona Jr. Teen United States
National American Miss Arizona Jr. Teen
Outstanding Spokesmodel Award
Won because of my speech and presentation
United States of America's Miss Alabama 2023
Currently the Miss Alabama titleholder for the United States of America's Pageant System

Grad School Interests

I am currently a graduate student at the University of Alabama getting my master's degree in criminal justice and criminology.

Intended Job Path

I intend on working for the Federal or State government in a cyber security related field for 3 years after graduation. After this commitment I plan to go to apply to the FBI Academy and become a Special Agent.

Job Experience

I worked at the Chandler Harkins movie theatre in high school as an usher, concession cashier, and box office cashier for almost 2 years before COVID-19 closed the the theatre.
August, 2018 to March, 2020
Worked as a server for Texas Roadhouse.
February, 2020 to July, 2020
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Intern
Worked under the Director and Chief of Staff in the front office in Arlington, Virginia. Learned about cybersecurity, organized events for HBCUs in the area, helped plan the National School Safety Summit, and did research on cybersecurity for the Director.
June, 2022 to August, 2022
Student Intern at the University of Alabama's Join Electronic Crimes Task Force
Helped assist law enforcement with cyber investigations
January, 2021 to May, 2021


Volunteer Facilitator for the Reading Allies program at Oakdale Elementary School. Help children learn how to read, write, and use phonic sounds.
Reading Allies
September, 2022 to May, 2023
Lead Speaker of the National Guard Youth Symposium on Anti-bullying.
US Army National Guard
May, 2020
Miracle League Baseball Games where children with disabilities have the chance to play baseball and have fun.
Miracle League
September, 2022 to November, 2022
WAKE UP Anti-bullying conference lead speaker
WAKE UP Summer Program
July, 2020


I have been competing in pageants since a very young age and plan to continue them into my adult years. I am a strong believer that pageants have taught me the skills I have today and continue to help me practice interview skills, public speaking, and confidence. I would not be the person I am today without pageants. I also love mock trial and getting to learn more about the law. Mock trial has taught me how cases work and how to create a good case for my clients.


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