Thursday, December 26, 2013

blog update

Hey guys! Sorry I haven't posted anything in a while, life has been kind of busy for me! I just recently finished up my first semester at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe Pennsylvania (about 20 minutes from Blairsville where I live). Even though I didn't think I was going to make it through finals...I survived and ended up making the dean's list and I couldn't be happier with that! College is quite the transition from high school but in the best way. I've made so many new friends and my roommate (whom I didn't know before) is terrific! As of right now I'm continuing to study biology in hopes to attend Duquesne after 3 years at SVC to go 3 years there and get my doctorate in physical therapy. However, I've been juggling the possibility of going into the chiropractic field instead! I have a lot of time to decide though so it's not too worrisome to me at the moment. One thing I really love about Saint Vincent is the community service project opportunities they have available for the students. When I'm not studying I've been able to help tidy up local parks and go to local nursing homes to do arts and crafts! I also helped the Salvation Army by ringing the bells outside of the Westmoreland Mall to raise money during the holidays. No matter how busy your life is there's always time to help someone else. I hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas with their families and you're able to enjoy time with friends and relatives during this holiday season!
Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!
Jessica Harper
Miss Teen of Pennsylvania 2012-2014

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Jessi's Blog Update

Hey guys! Sorry it's been so long since I've been able to get this blog updated. My senior year of high school at Blairsville has not been the most calm. Academically, I've been working hard to maintain good grades in my multiple AP classes, while applying to so many colleges! I'm not completely sure of where I'm headed right now, but if I had to pick the future for myself at this moment I tell you that I plan to go to Duquesne University (where I did get accepted yippee!) for six years and major in physical therapy so I could graduate with my doctorate in pt! As far as my Miss Teen of Pennsylvania endeavors go, I was able to ride in the back of a friend's Ferrari during the Ligonier parade in the fall! It was too much fun! It's been tough trying to find a lot of things to help out with, plus I've been so busy with college applications and volleyball. But the spring should be a little calmer while I participate in our schools musical production of South Pacific. Hopefully I'll be able to do more in my community and all around as Miss Teen of Pennsylvania! I have hopes to be in more parades and do a lot more charity work in the months ahead of me. Especially during summer before the big girl world hits me and I actually have to go to… COLLEGE! Ta ta for now!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Sorry for the delay!

Hey guys! I am so honored to have received the title of Miss Teen of Pennsylvania back in July. I met so many wonderful people and I couldn't have been more honored to receive the title from such an amazing girl like Hayley! I apologize for how long it took me to get this blog going. I have never competed in pageants before so I'm new to this all and loving every second of it! I'm really cherishing these upcoming two years and I'm going to work my hardest to get my name out there and let people know about the great things that the Miss Teen of America pageant does to promote and recognize successful young women. But I guess I should really start this thing off right and give you all a little view into my life and what I do! I am a senior at Blairsville High School (located in western PA). I play volleyball, AAU volleyball, and I also run track. I am the salutatorian of my class and I am also the President of student council with a +4.0 GPA and I'm in NHS. I volunteer at my local library and I have helped with many community projects. I love love love to go fishing and be outside! I live in the country with my mom (Cherie), my dad (Rick), my older brother (Tommy, he's a freshman at IUP) and my two dogs Copper and Fritz! Copper is a Golden Retriever and Fritz is a West Highland Terrier. Needless to say my life can be a little crazy but I love it! Winning the MTPA title has really had such a positive influence on my life. It has rewarded me with confidence, new friends, and a generous scholarship that I'm putting into my college fund. I hope to go to Duquesne in the fall of 2013 and pursue a doctorate degree in Physical Therapy! That basically sums up my life and this first blog entry. Now that I know how to work it, I will definitely be updating you guys more often, especially with the Miss Teen of America contest going on now...Eeeep! Wish me luck and I'll talk to you guys soon!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Introducing Miss Teen of Pennsylvania 2012

Hi everyone! This is Sunny (blogmaster and State Director). In July, Hayley passed her title on to the new Miss Teen of Pennsylvania Jessi Harper from Blairsville! Thank you Hayley for such a wonderful job and welcome to the family Jessi!!!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012


It has been a while since I have last blogged, and I know that I am missing some from activities in which I have participated. However, the time has come to pass on the blog space to the new Miss Teen of Pennsylvania. Jessica Harper of Blairsville, because she was awarded the privilege this past Sunday at the program finals in Shippensburg, PA. It was an amazing weekend to say the least. I met so many wonderful ladies and staff members. I had more fun than I have had all summer! My favorite part was the bed check on Saturday night. My friend Johanna and I checked the 3rd level of the apartment building. When we entered the first room, we were pressured by Jessica and her roommates to come inside and join them in eating fruit roll ups.  Of course we agreed! Johanna and I were far too tired to be sane, and so we laughed, talked, screamed, and ate until it was very late in the night. It was a great deal of fun, though! the next two rooms proved to be exciting as well, and we extended bed check by another 30 minutes. We rushed through the rooms after these since most of the girls were sleeping; therefore, we did not get to bond with those girls as we did with the others. I am extremely glad I met Jessica and got to know her a little bit before I passed on my title to her. It made me more comfortable and excited. I simply cannot express my love in this blog for the weekend and what I was able to experience there nor my reign with the MTPA title. The best way I can is for you to watch my farewell speech, which will be posted on Facebook within the coming days. In it, I thank all those people who deserve appreciation for all their hard work, describe what the title did for me, explain some of my activities from the past two years, and provide advice for the girls that participated. It will make a perfect conclusion to my blog as well as it did for my reign. I cannot congratulate Jessica enough for her hard work and ultimate accomplishment. She did very well and deserves this. I look forward to getting to know her, (as she only lives an hour from me,) and helping her make an impact in our community. Thank you for reading my blog over the past two years, and please welcome Jessica Harper as she continues the journey of Miss Teen of PA in her blog.

Monday, January 16, 2012


I thought another interesting blog would be to discuss the different places to which I have sent letters. In these letters, I told the organizations who I was, what I have done, and asked if I could volunteer with their organization. I received one decline and one offer. The others never replied. I was extremely disappointed, to say the least. I sent letters to the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Penguins, The Mario Lemieux Foundation, Children's Hospital, The Red Cross, Birthright, and Toys for Tots. The Penguins said they do not accept volunteers, and the Red Cross offered me a volunteer opportunity. (You will hear about that in one of my upcoming blogs!) Out of seven tries, I received one offer. I am very disappointed, but I have hopes that some may still contact me. I would love to volunteer with these and many other organizations, but it will only work if both parties are willing. I still hope to contact some local schools in order to talk with students and possibly the Pittsburgh Zoo. Check out one of my letters (attached), and please continue to read my blog!
(The attached letter looks different than it did when I sent it! Do not be alarmed by its poor appearance. When I transferred it to another file to attach it, it was altered.)

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