If there’s one thing that Miss America does well – it’s encouraging young women to be strong!
Miss Pennsylvania Ashley Schmider believed in that same premise! At Duquesne University, Ashley was involved in the “Strong Women, Strong Girls” mentoring program. There, she served as an Executive Director, helping to grow the chapter to over 50 mentors and earn a “Mega Chapter” status. The mission of SWSG is to support positive mentoring relationships between college women and pre-adolescent girls – Which is pretty perfect for the Miss America program.
From the SWSG website, Ashley says the reason she got involved in the program is because she had support growing up – but she knows not everyone her age, does.
In that same article, Ashley offers the following advice:
“I want to tell young women that you can dream bigger than you ever thought before. What I thought was possible has truly exceeded anything in my life. And now I’m here sitting before you with this Miss Pennsylvania crown, and it’s something that I never even thought I would achieve.”
In addition to her work with SWSG, Ashley graduated Summa Cume Laude with a degree in Economics – and with her additional Miss Pennsylvania and Miss America scholarship earnings, she plans to get her MBA from the University of Pennsylvania. With that set-up, Junkies know Ashley has a bright future ahead of her – as do several young women who received significant mentoring opportunities through her leadership at SWSG!
And now – who do Junkies think has the best chance at being named Miss Pennsylvania 2016?
And don’t forget – When it comes to our predictions – As we always say…
If we say your name, we hope you prove us right!
And if we don’t say your name, we hope you prove us wrong!
GOOD LUCK LADIES!!! Junkies LOVE Mississippi!!!