Racine native Alyssa Bohm was crowned Miss Wisconsin 2019 in June 2019 at the Alberta Kimball Auditorium in Oshkosh. Alyssa graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science degree in education. She has since been employed as a cross-categorical teacher at her alma mater, J.I. Case High School in Racine, working with special needs students. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in education administration. During Alyssa’s year of service as Miss Wisconsin, she promotes her personal social impact initiative – “Embracing Special Needs, Building Inclusive Communities” — while simultaneously serving as a goodwill ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, the national charity partner of the Miss America Organization.
Alyssa has been advocating for individuals with special needs since her late teens, when she co-founded her high school Sparkle Squad, providing students with disabilities the opportunity to be a part of the cheering squad. She was the co-creator and president of the UW-Whitewater Special Olympics College Student Organization; a five-year volunteer for the Racine “A Night to Shine” special needs prom; and former job coach for Career Industries for individuals with special needs. Alyssa is currently the youngest member in the history of the Special Olympics Wisconsin board of directors. Her passion for special needs advocacy was inspired by her aunt, who has an intellectual disability.
“Alyssa brings a wealth of life experience to her new role as Miss Wisconsin 2019. She has been a tireless advocate for others and, as a multi-year competitor and titleholder, her journey is a testament to the power of hard work, determination and perseverance,” said Jeanne Schmal, co-executive director of the Miss Wisconsin Organization. “Alyssa’s selfless nature, strong work ethic and positive spirit make her an excellent role model for children and people of all ages throughout Wisconsin.”
Alyssa plans to utilize her position as Miss Wisconsin to be a voice for those with special needs and to advance her efforts to create opportunities for their success. “My mission as Miss Wisconsin is to enhance inclusivity within our communities,” said Alyssa. “I will expand opportunities for individuals with special needs to succeed, build positive relationships and foster happier and healthier communities through engagement and education.”