Miss Lancaster County 2020
Strong, passionate, confident, resilient, and a leader are a few of the characteristics capturing Kayla’s essence. However, this was not always the case. Prior to Kayla’s involvement in high school athletics, she was a shy young woman who felt she did not have a voice and who was content to fade into the background. It was not until Kayla became a member of her high school’s varsity cheerleading team that she experienced immense personal development. It was through the sport of cheerleading Kayla began to embody the characteristics of strength, passion, confidence, resilience, and leadership. Cheerleading exposed Kayla to the importance of living a healthy lifestyle to ensure she was able to perform at her best. Becoming physically active transformed Kayla – her body became physically strong; her mental state became stronger, to the extent Kayla was able to overcome crippling depression and anxiety.
Kayla has always been a thinker and a planner. As she entered her senior year in high school, she began to analyze her passions in relation to career development. One passion stood out – the passion for health and fitness, which was sparked by her participation in cheerleading. This realization inspired Kayla to pursue an education in the field of Public Health. Following her graduation from Upper Perkiomen High School, Kayla enrolled at Temple University where she is currently a senior studying Exercise and Sport Science with Nutrition and Psychology minors. Kayla plans to obtain a master’s degree and a PhD in Sports Performance Psychology. This will allow her to use positive psychology, resilience training, and mindfulness techniques to serve athletes by focusing on their mental health. It is also her mission to educate future generations on the importance of living a healthy lifestyle, which she plans to achieve by eventually becoming a college professor.
Kayla’s passion for health and fitness is evident through her advocacy of her social impact initiative #ChooseHealth. Kayla is passionate about educating others on the importance of living a healthy lifestyle in order to prevent diseases such as coronary artery disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and some forms of cancer. Kayla’s healthy lifestyle approach focuses on four key pillars: proper nutrition, physical activity, mental health, and abstaining from risky behaviors such as smoking. She implements these pillars through her volunteer work with Relay for Life, Grace Cafe, local food banks, and through presentations to students regarding topics such as vaping and e-cigarette use. As Miss Lancaster County, Kayla will represent Lancaster as she competes for the title of Miss Pennsylvania in the summer of 2021. In addition to competing for this prestigious title, Kayla will continue to serve the community, while advocating for the Children’s Miracle Network and encouraging others to #ChooseHealth.