Miss Lancaster County 2019
Non-Finalist Talent Winner
Miss Pennsylvania 2019
Growing up overseas, the daughter of a Marine and 4th generation missionary child from Kenya, Courtney discovered the power of a voice as a child living in Okinawa. Through her experiences on this Japanese island and interactions with family members from Ecuador and India, she realized that language is what brings us together, but when barriers like accents cause misunderstanding, it can tear us apart. Today, after traveling to over 20 countries on 5 continents, she uses her voice to make a difference in our world.
She graduated from Lampeter-Strasburg High School and recently received a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology with minors in Spanish and Cross-Cultural Communications from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She became a pioneer in the field of speech-language pathology by presenting her ground-breaking research at several conferences including the National American Speech and Hearing Conference in Boston, Massachusetts and is currently working on publishing her research in an international journal. Her goal as a licensed speech and language pathologist is to use her expertise in accent modification to empower others with tools to communicate effectively and advocate for themselves so they can reach their American Dream, no matter where they come from. She currently works as a full-time speech-language pathologist for the Eastern Lancaster County School District, empowering children through communication every day. She hopes to obtain a Doctorate of Philosophy in Speech-Language Pathology to specialize in communication for marginalized populations.
Courtney's social initiative is Communicating Beyond Borders: Impacting the World, One Voice at a Time. In her free time, Courtney volunteers as a communication specialist for refugee and immigrant families. Courtney tutors these families in English communication so they are better able to reach their American Dream. As Miss Lancaster County 2019, she will represent Lancaster at the Miss Pennsylvania Competition in York on June 15 and will continue to advocate for the marginalized served by Church World Service and the Children's Miracle Network. She is truly grateful for the opportunity to represent her hometown and is looking forward to a great year of pouring into the lives of those in Lancaster County.