MERCER COUNTY, Pa. (WYTV) – One Mercer County teen hoped to reign supreme in the 2021 Miss Pennsylvania Teen USA pageant. However she did not win the crown in the Miss Pennsylvania Teen Contest this Saturday night.
19-year-old Nikyah Jefferson did place in the top 15. She also won the best evening gown performance and was named Miss Congeniality.
“My platform is called 22:6, after Psalm 22:6. Train up a child so he or she will no depart from it,” Jefferson said. “I want to be an elementary education teacher and I want to be a special education teacher as well.”
Yvonne Burke of Doylestown won the event.
Youth development is Jefferson’s passion. Currently she works with preschoolers at the the Buhl Club in Sharon.
It’s been quite the rewarding and interesting experience.
“For instance I helped a child use the bathroom for the first time on the toilet, it’s just the little mile stones that help children through there life, I love it,” Jefferson said.
Jefferson, a graduate of Farrell High School, had been preparing for the pageant for a year now.
Her inspiration for the stage comes from her mother.
“She competed for M.s Pennsylvania USA like over 20 years ago, we were cleaning out the attic one day and I was like, I wanna do that one day,” Jefferson said.
Jefferson says her community played a big part in her success so far.
She hopes to one day leave her own mark on the people around her.
“I just want to teach the children in my community, teenagers and adults it’s OK to step outside your comfort zone and just be you. God made you who you are,” she said.
She’s packed with ambition. She’s Miss Nikyah Jefferson and hopes to make her community proud.
“That’s your super power: nobody is you, so go out there and do what you want to do, go after it,” she said.