Laurel Stiekes is an ambitious 16 year old from Moosic, PA. She is an 11th grader at Triboro Christian Academy where she maintains a 4.0 GPA and is on the High Honor Roll. Her extracurricular activities include varsity soccer, basketball, and cheerleading as well as performing in theater productions and service projects with her classmates. Laurel plans on beginning dual enrollment classes in the fall, eventually pursuing a Doctorate in Physical Therapy, specializing in pediatrics.
Outside of school, Laurel enjoys playing the piano, studying ballet and lyrical dance, training for her 3rd Degree Black Belt, and being an active member of her church youth group.
Laurel’s pageant career began at the age of four. She has had the privilege to hold many titles on both state and national levels. She enjoys traveling, meeting new people, and encouraging other girls to pursue their dreams through pageantry.
Actively involved in her community, Laurel has a heart for serving others. A four time recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service at the Gold Level., she has dedicated well over 1000 hours in giving to those in need.
Her role model is Henri Landwirth, a Holocaust survivor and founder of Dignity U Wear and Give Kids the World. Other organizations Laurel gives her time to are the Ronald McDonald House, Backpack Kidz, Hugs in a Handbag, and the UNM national platform, The Crown Cares.
One cause near and dear to Laurel’s heart is The Pajama Project. Since its beginning in 2008, over 800 paint cans, filled with perfectly packed pajamas inside, have been decorated and delivered to pediatric patients in Ronald McDonald Houses and hospitals across the country, hoping to encourage those on their journey to recovery.
Laurel’s words to live by are “Don’t Stop Believing” believe in your passion, your purpose and most importantly, God’s plan for your life. Trust Him – His way is truly perfect. Prov. 3:5-6
Laurel is on Instagram and Facebook. Be sure to follow her year of adventure as the UNM National Teen!