Miss Teen Pennsylvania International 2017

Leigha Pertz

What would your name be if you could change it?

Staying true to my Greek heritage, I would have to say Anna. I am a spitting image of my great, great grandmother, Anna, who had the same deep olive toned Greek skin as I have.

What is your favorite day of the week and why?

Everyone likes to joke about how "terrible" Mondays are, but I feel they are so unappreciated. As a fresh start to a new week, so many wonderful things happen on any given Monday. Statistics show that thousands of hugs will be given, "I love yous" will be said, and ice cream cones will be sold on a single Monday. How could ONE day of the week that holds all those wonderful things be so bad?

Share your favorite movie as a child?

My favorite childhood movie was The Wizard of Oz - by far! I'm not sure if it was the fact that I looked like Dorothy or skipped along the yellow brick road with them in my living room, but either way I couldn't watch it enough.

What is your favorite sport and why?

My favorite sport is basketball due to the fast pace of the game. Only being 5"5' (just a little peanut), I am amazed by the height of some of the players!

  • UPMC Walk - Pittsburgh!

    I was so delighted to be a part of the 2nd annual UPMC Walk for Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh! $787,520 was raised and will be donated to UPMC, helping children regionally, nationally, and internationally. I send out so many huge THANK YOU's to all of those who came out to help UPMC push new frontiers in medicine and improve the lives of these kids. God bless you all!

  • Easter in Dubois!

    What a beautiful morning it was for the Dubois Jaycee's Easter Egg Hunt! I loved watching the kiddos meet the Easter Bunny. It warmed my heart to award the kids and families pictured with brand new bikes. I wish everyone a safe and happy Easter! Don't forget the reason for the season!

  • Mel Blount Celebrity Roast

    I am beyond honored to have been a part of the 2017 Mel Blount All Star Celebrity Roast, benefitting the Mel Blount Youth Home and Youth Leadership Initiative. The impact his homes have had on the development of children in the area is immeasurable. I was also touched to hear the story behind Joey Porter, his wife, and their daughter Jasmine. The work you have done is a true testimate of your character. To Mel and TiAnda, thank you for this incredible opportunity. You have the most beautiful family and vision for our youth. I am truly blown away by your work- you are children of God.