USF student crowned National American Miss

ST. PETERSBURG — Courtlyn Nia Burris, daughter of Paul and Chamanda Burris, recently earned the National Title for National American Miss for the All-American 19-20 year old age division.

She was chosen from among hundreds of candidates from all across the United States. The National Queens were chosen on the basis of their academic status, poise and personality on stage, poise and personality in an interview, communication skills and community service.

Courtlyn will be traveling across the country this summer representing the National American Miss Pageant Program. She will also receive an all-expense paid trip to the National Pageant to be held in Anaheim, Calif., during Thanksgiving week to crown her successor. While in California, she will receive a special day in Disneyland® for two and a famous tour of Hollywood for two.

The National American Miss Pageants are dedicated to celebrating America’s greatness and encouraging its future leaders. Each year, the pageant awards thousands in scholarships and prizes to recognize and assist the development of young women nationwide. All activities are age-appropriate and family-oriented. Pageants are held for girls ages 4-20 in six different age divisions.

The National American Miss Pageants are for “Today’s Girl” and “Tomorrow’s Leaders.” The pageant program is based on inner beauty, as well as poise, presentation and offers an “All American Spirit” of fun for family and friends. Emphasis is placed on the importance of gaining self-confidence, learning new skills, learning good attitudes about competition and setting and achieving personal goals. The pageant seeks to recognize the accomplishments of each girl while encouraging her to set goals for the future!

Courtlyn’s activities include volunteering in the community, organizing flash fundraisers and supporting our armed forces. She is a 2013 dual enrolled honors graduate from Tampa’s Brooks Debartolo Collegiate High School and is currently studying psychology at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg. She hopes to become a child psychologist who specializes in meeting the needs of children whose parents are serving in the armed forces.

She is a trained model, actress and spokesperson who also enjoy video gaming, Florida beach activities and interior design. With her passion for mentoring and meeting the needs of children, Courtlyn is available to participate in community events, parades, emcee events and much more.

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