Cecilia Petrush is a seventeen year old resident of Murrysville, a municipality East of Pittsburgh. She is a senior at Franklin Regional Senior High school where she has been a member of marching band, show choir, musical, National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, and has been listed on high honor roll all of high school. After she graduates high school, Ceci plans on attending college to obtain a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theater.
When Ceci is not in school, you will find her in voice, dance or acting classes, in rehearsal for the next musical she’s in, or promoting her platform, Refashioning Lives: What You Can Share, They Can Wear. Her platform is centered around advocacy for and the collection of donated goods to make a positive impact on the lives of those in need. Through Refashioning Lives, Ceci hopes to spread environmental consciousness, empathy towards citizens receiving donations, fresh starts for those in need, and clean closets for donators everywhere! Ceci is so thankful for her amazing support network of her friends, parents, brother, and two rescue cats and is appreciative of your continued support as she dives into her exciting year as Miss Pennsylvania’s Outstanding Teen 2018!
Platform: Think First America
Hometown: Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
School: The University of Alabama
Kayla Repasky, a 22 year-old native of Gettysburg, PA, is a senior at the University of Alabama studying to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Her career ambition is to ultimately become a Nurse Anesthetist. She is a member of the Phi Sigma Theta Honor Society and the Order of Omega. An accomplished dancer, she received her formative years of training at the Hanover Children’s Ballet Theatre and Company. She has danced in various places around the country including on the Beauty and the Beast Stage in Walt Disney World.
Kayla’s personal platform is Think First America, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that she founded. She has created education programs to promote anti-bullying and to educate K-12 students on how to use technology responsibly and fight against cyber-bullying. She published a children’s book “Buddy and the Bully” to help parents and educators teach kindness and discuss bullying to young children. Kayla has been awarded the Daily Point of Light Award #6292, President’s Volunteer Service Award, and has been designated a Champion Organization with Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center. As Miss Pennsylvania, she will serve as the goodwill ambassador for all five of Pennsylvania’s Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. She is also an advocate for STEM Education.
Tiffany Seitz, Miss Laurelwood, will represent the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania at the forthcoming Miss America Scholarship Competition. She will also receive more than $8,000 in direct scholarship as well as several in-kind scholarship opportunities.
Seitz, 23, is a resident of Freeport, PA. She is a graduate of Grove City College with a Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship and minor in Communications. Her social impact platform is “Adoption Advocacy – Restoring Hope, Transforming Lives.” Tiffany was tested cocaine positive and addicted at birth, and not expected to survive. She resided in foster care before eventually being adopted, so her platform is extremely personal, driving her passion to educate the public about fostering and adoption, ultimately helping children in the system to find forever homes and keep their dreams alive.
At the Miss Pennsylvania Scholarship Competition, Tiffany performed a Musical Theatre Jazz Dance to “Moving Lines” from SMASH. She was a preliminary award winner for Evening Wear / Social Impact.
Riley Evans, Miss Moraine State’s Outstanding Teen, is the new Miss Pennsylvania’s Outstanding Teen and will represent the Commonwealth at the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Scholarship Competition in Orlando, FL.
Riley, who is 16 years of age, will be a senior at Bethel Park High School this fall. A dancer, Riley’s social impact platform is Dancer Against Cancer, raising awareness about cancer and how people can volunteer their time and money to help those living with cancer.
Says Riley: “I’m blessed to be able to represent Pennsylvania and this great organization, and look forward to making a positive impact throughout my year of service!”