Courtney is a beautiful ray of sunshine! She is involved with Greek Life, Special Olympics, and more! I sat down with Courtney for Her Campus at the University of Miami!
(Courtney’s Official Crown Shot as Miss Massachusetts Outstanding Teen 2014. Photo: Facebook)
Major: Broadcast Journalism
Hometown: Middleboro, Massachusetts
What has been your favorite part about UM so far?
“First off, I love the weather! I also have enjoyed the many opportunities that are available at the university.”
What organizations are you involved in?
“I am involved in UMTV, The Special Olympics college program, Best Buddies, and Greek life.”
(Courtney, center, is a member and host for UMTV Pulse. Photo: Facebook)
Why did you decide to come to Miami?
“I have always loved the school. But it was always more of a dream than a reality. After attending a school that was not for me I knew that Miami was where needed to be. I knew that Miami had exactly what I wanted for my major and has the resources available for me to succeed.”
How/why did you get involved in pageants?
“I have always loved to perform. I attended a local performing arts school in my town when I was younger and the owner was a pageant coach. She had brought up the idea to me and I had never really considered it until I started looking into it. I knew that competing in pageants would help me make a difference in the community and have my voice be heard with my platform, The Special Olympics. I was also able to share my talent and voice my opinion.”
Tell about your time as Miss Massachusetts’s Outstanding Teen?
“My time as Miss Massachusetts’ Outstanding Teen was probably one of the best years of my life. I was able to accomplish so much and spread the word about my platform The Special Olympics, as well as a national platform, The Children’s Miracle Network. I was able to travel around the state and volunteer for many different organizations. One of my favorite things that I was able to do was sing at a Boston Red Sox game in honor of The Special Olympics.”
(Courtney’s crowning moment as Miss Massachusetts’s Outstanding Teen 2014. Photo: Facebook)
How many times did you try for the title?
“I tried twice for the title, but took a year off in the middle.”
How was your experience competing for Miss America’s Outstanding Teen?
“Miss America’s Outstanding Teen was an amazing experience. I learned so much about myself and met 52 other young women who were extremely, intelligent, poised, and driven.The experience taught me independence and time management.”
(Courtney modeling a Tony Bowls evening gown for a photoshoot as part of a week of activities during Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2015. Photo: Facebook)
Tell me about your platform.
“My platform is The Special Olympics. The Special Olympics is an international competition, modeled on the Olympic Games, in which mentally and physically handicapped athletes compete. This is something I am very passionate about because I have a little brother with special needs. I have been involved with this organization for many years and every time I go it is an exciting and rewarding experience. The Special Olympics fosters an environment where people like my little brother don’t feel different and have the opportunity to shine.”
(Courtney and her little brother, Evan. Photo: Facebook)
What about your talent?
My talent is singing. I have been involved in musical theater for a very long time and I love singing songs from musicals.
I can tell you’re close with your little brother, how does it feel being so far away from him?
“It is very hard to be so far away from him. I miss him very much. However, I Facetime and message him as much as I can and he understands that I am away at college.”
You’re competing in Miss University of Miami on March 22nd, why did you decide to enter?
“Having competed in the Miss America Organization before, I know what it can do to someone and how many opportunities it provides young women with. The second I found out that they were having a Miss America pageant here I knew I needed to compete. It will allow me to make a difference and promote my platform.”
What would holding the title mean to you?
“Holding the title would be more than just wearing the crown on my head. It wold mean I have the opportunity to spread awareness about people with disabilities and my platform.”
(Courtney and her brother celebrating at an event for The Special Olympics. Photo: Facebook)
If you had to pick your favorite moment during your time as an Outstanding Teen, what would it be and why?
“One moment that stands out during my time as an Outstanding Teen would be a moment when an athlete from The Special Olympics who I had seen often at events recognized me. It wasn’t the fact that she recognized me, but it was the fact that she gave me a big hug and told me she loved me and all that I do for The Special Olympics. That was the best moment because it was so rewarding. I felt like I had impacted her life and I know that she impacted mine.
Looking at yourself now and when you started at UM, how have you changed? What one piece of advice do you wish you could give yourself?
“I have changed in the sense that I have become more independent and driven. I have done my best to take advantage of every opportunity that comes my way. If I could offer any advice it would be to do as much as possible and don’t hold back. Time will work itself out, but you have to be willing to put yourself out there.”