Miss Pennsylvania International 2017

Kaitlyn Lucas

What does Intuition mean to you?
When I think of intuition, the word itself brings me back to when I decided to compete for my state title. Having just been diagnosed with Pericarditis, I knew I wanted to help others reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease. I got that “gut feeling” of knowing that this was a way I could do just that.

Share something that people would never guess about your family?
One thing that people would never guess about my family is that I was the only child to grow up without a father figure in my life but I do not see this as a negative as my mom and I are extremely close and I would not be the strong, independent woman I am today without the upbringing that I had.

Describe a Dream date?
My dream date would be a nice, romantic evening that would include lots of conversation and laughter. Whether it may be a dinner out or a walk on the beach, the activity itself does not matter to me as long as we would be enjoying our time together.

What look describes you and why?
I would describe my look as classy. My favorite pastime is scaling the racks of Nordstrom and Lord & Taylor for all the best deals! But don’t get me wrong, I do love to rock yoga pants, sneakers, and a t-shirt for a more relaxed look when heading to gym.

What do people first notice about you?
I would say that the first thing people notice about me is my personality. I have been told that I can light up the room with my positive, upbeat attitude. As a medical assistant for Pulmonary and Critical Care patients it is important to have these characteristics because my patients have chronic issues they deal with on a daily basis and a simple smile can go a long way.

  • At The Capitol

    On March 20th, 2017 I was able to attend Pennsylvania Lobby Day with the American Heart Association as my first official appearance as Miss Pennsylvania International 2017. During this event, I had the opportunity to hold private meetings with senators and their legislative counsel to explain why a bill should be passed that all high school students should become CPR certified as a requirement for graduation. I also was taken to the Senate floor where I met senator Pat Browne (16th District) for a picture and then recognized during Session.

  • Woman Of Heart

    Miss Pennsylvania International 2017 was invited to attend the American Heart Association Go RED for Women Experience where she was recognized as the winner of the AHA Woman of Heart Award in the category "Heart Expert". The Heart Expert award honors a female professional in the fields of health care, nutrition, exercise or education who has made an outstanding contribution to promote heart health among women.

  • March For Babies

    On April 30th, 2017 I was honored to walk with Team Lehigh Valley Health Network at the March for Babies! Each year in Pennsylvania, 13,291 babies are born prematurely. The March of Dimes organization raises funds to improve the health of mothers and babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. Each one of these plants pictured was made in remembrance of an infant who's life was taken too soon.

  • Fight Eating Disorders

    On April 29th, 2017 I spent my day walking to end eating disorders in Philadelphia with the National Eating Disorder Association! Each year 15,000 people across the state of Pennsylvania walk to symbolize coming together as a community and promote the message that no one is alone in the fight against eating disorders! Pictured here is a little girl who was in awe of my crown as she had never met a real life princess before!