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Bringing Communities Together

Theresa Dickerson is the current Miss Laurel Highlands 2019, a local titleholder in the Miss America Scholarship Organization which grants young women the opportunity to earn scholarship money for college as well as provide a platform to serve their local communities. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in English Writing, a minor in Spanish, and a certificate in the Conceptual Foundations of Medicine. She plans on furthering her education in medical school.

Her social impact is called Project Girl Undefined: Empowering Girls through Education which has a goal of helping to provide girls, internationally and locally, with the resources and support needed to fulfill their academic dreams, combat gender inequality in the classroom, and increase the number of women in underrepresented academic fields.

As Miss Laurel Highlands 2019, Theresa Dickerson serves as the goodwill ambassador CMN Hospitals in the local Pittsburgh area. Last year, Theresa Dickerson was awarded the 2018 Pennsylvania Miracle Maker Award for her volunteering and fundraising efforts on behalf of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. She has dedicated over 100 hours of service to the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and wants to continue her support of CMN Hospitals one day as a pediatric surgeon. 

Below is what she has done as Miss Laurel Highlands 2019: 

Pittsburgh Women’s Leadership Experience

EmpowerHER Workshop with Girls Hope Pittsburgh

White Haute Winter Gala Benefiting 5 Sparrows Efforts Against Human Trafficking

Breakfast with Santa at Glory Inn 

United Way’s ‘Holiday Hope Drive’ Donation Drop Off

Overly’s Country Christmas

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Child Life Volunteer 

Salud Para Los Ninos Clinic Volunteer 

Supported the Protecting GIrls Education Act 

Heart Health Red Dress Luncheon

2019 Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Champion Kickoff Event 

Project Prom Volunteer 
CMNH Pitt Dance Marathon Fashion Show

Judged Pitt Greek Sing for CMNH

Girls World Expo Volunteer and Performer

Pitt Dance Marathon

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh UPMC Ball 

Earth Day: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Childrens’ Books Drive for Pennsylvania  CMN Hospitals 

Ava Twist, Scientist Reading at Mary S. Biesecker Public Library 

Norvelt Elementary School Reading

Crestview Elementary School Reading

Millie's Ice Cream for Miracles CMN Hospitals Fundraiser

Walk for Kindness Participant and Doner

Penn State Children's Hospital Telethon Volunteer