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I am Miss Laurelwood 2019 and founder of "From a New Perspective: Inspiring Autism Acceptance". This summer, I will proudly compete for the coveted Miss Pennsylvania crown.
Syracuse University, B.S. Communication Sciences & Disorders
Undergraduate Student Clinician - Gebbie Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic; Teaching Assistant & Communication Partner for International Graduate Students; Member of the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society; Member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars; Member of and 2015 fundraising chair for Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority, Pi Chapter
In the near future, I will be attending graduate school to obtain a Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology. I wish to work hands on with children to improve their language and communication abilities.
In August 2018, I began my second year of national service through AmeriCorps as a reading teacher for Juniata Elementary School. To date, I have served over 2,500 hours through AmeriCorps. I currently work with children to foster skills in reading and language through Leveled Literacy Instruction.
Although academics and baton twirling took me to New York for college, I was born and raised in a small city in Central Pennsylvania. I grew up with three brothers, so my childhood consisted of playing backyard baseball, riding bikes and playing in the mud (some of my fondest memories, at that). I credit all of my accomplishments to my incredibly supportive parents. Without them, I would not be the young woman that I am today and I certainly wouldn't be as big of a dreamer. It's because of my upbringing and constant reassurance from my mother and father, that I know I can do anything I set my mind to.
I began baton twirling at just 3 years old. It began as an extracurricular activity, but quickly, I fell in love with the work and personal growth required to be successful. For me, it has been so much more than just a hobby and has greatly determined my work ethic. As a young girl, I idolized many collegiate baton twirling athletes that also grew up in my hometown, and dreamed of one day twirling for a Division I marching band, just like them. I twirled as part of a team and competed individually, became the feature twirler for my baton school and Junior High School, and after years of diligent practice and countless prayers, I was chosen as the Syracuse University "Orange Girl" Feature Baton Twirler for the "Pride of the Orange" Syracuse University Marching Band. The Orange Girl is an over 70 year old tradition at the University and a position I was honored to hold since my Freshman year in 2013. Ultimately, this was the most rewarding experience, opening many doors and introducing me to many important people in my life. In fact, it's one of the major reasons why I first got involved in the Miss America Organization. I now teach baton as an assistant baton twirling instructor for Carol's School of Baton.
Accomplishments and Awards:
Miss America Organization: Miss Liberty 2015 (NY); Miss Congeniality at the 2015 New York State Sweepers Local Scholarship Competition; Non-finalist talent award at Miss New York 2015; Miss Syracuse 2016 (NY); Preliminary Talent Award at Miss New York 2016; Second Runner Up to Miss New York 2016; Miss Central NY 2017 (NY); Top 11 at Miss New York 2017; Miss Laurel Highlands 2018 (PA); 2018 Miss Laurel Highlands Organization overall interview, overall talent, overall evening gown, and overall lifestyle & fitness in swimsuit award winner; Fourth Runner-Up to Miss Pennsylvania 2018; Miss Laurelwood 2019; 2019 Miss Laurel Highlands Organization overall evening gown and overall talent award winner
College: 2016 Syracuse University Spirit Award at the 44 Stars of Excellence Gala; 2016 Janet Kay Smith Music Tradition Award; 2017 Featured Twirler Distinguished Service Award; Dean's list; Graduated with honors - cum laude.
Career: Gold Level President's Service Award for serving over 2,000 volunteer hours as an advocate for autism acceptance and an AmeriCorps volunteer.
High School: 2012 Altoona Area High School Homecoming Queen; Pennsylvania's Homecoming Queen Scholarship Competition Second Runner Up in the state; local, state, regional, and national baton twirling champion.
One of my most proud accomplishments to date came about in the Spring of 2017. I co-wrote and printed my first children's book titled Building Blocks, to aide in sharing the perceptions of children with autism and to encourage peers to accept and celebrate diversity. I now use this as a tool to complement my platform "From a New Perspective". I hope to one day see this product published, so that its message can reach its maximum potential.