Katrina Nishioka was selected as Miss of Illinois in February of 2021. She then competed at the National Pageant in Atlanta, Georgia in November of 2021 where she was crowned Miss of America 2022.
Born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, Katrina is a Senior at Loyola University Chicago. As a Presidential Scholarship Recipient, she is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources and Management where she will graduate in December of 2021. Immediately after graduation, Katrina plans to continue her studies at Loyola to obtain her Master of Business Administration (MBA) with an anticipated graduation date of February 2023.
While not actively studying for school, Katrina is extremely involved in developing her professional career and participating in extracurricular activities. As an aspiring Human Resources professional, Katrina spends much of her free time working in the Human Resources office at Loyola University Chicago and as a Recruiting Associate for a small startup company. She also enjoys spending time volunteering with her co-ed service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega. During her time with Alpha Phi Omega, Katrina has put in over 150 services hours volunteering across Chicago! She has served on the executive board for five consecutive semesters and is currently the President.
Even though Katrina is very busy at school, she still finds time to give back to the community. She especially enjoys volunteering at local organizations including Feed My Starving Children, Bernie’s Book Bank, Lake County Honor Flight, Ronald McDonald House, Make-A-Wish, and many more. She also enjoys volunteering for her local town pageants as this is where she became involved with pageantry. She enjoys serving as a board member, coach, emcee, judge, and pageant coordinator!
While holding the title of Miss of Illinois, Katrina developed her platform: Katrina’s Call to Care – providing support to children everywhere. While actively working to support foster care children through a book and pajama drive, she realized that there were still so many children that needed assistance in a variety of different ways. As the new Miss of America, Katrina is excited to expand her platform to a national level, continue her volunteer work, and bond with her sister queens!
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