Rachel Barcellona • Miss Florida
Today's Young Woman
The Miss International® System has established itself as an organization with integrity, high ethical standards, and consistent application of its rules and regulations. It is our goal to provide ladies everywhere the opportunity to compete in a pageant system that maintains the highest of moral values.
Elise's commitment to her mission is a very personal one: At the age of 9, she watched her grandmother pass away from Alzheimer's Disease. Elise decided that her life's work would be furthering mental health, so in addition to raising funds and acting as a legislative advocate for the Alzheimer's Association, Elise also became a licensed counselor, committing herself both personally and professionally to the issues that surround mental health.
In a world of increased stress and demands on our time, Elise Banks is determined to encourage everyone to develop healthy lifestyles that contribute to good mental health. Her platform, Healthy Mind - Successful Life, is an outreach initiative she founded to help others understand the power they have to create mental health, and to help remove the stigma of asking for help. During her reign, Elise’s goal is to create more awareness of mental health issues, helping to find tangible ways for all individuals to lead productive and healthy lifestyles.