Miss SNPJ 2013: Strabane, Pa., Lodge 138
Miss SNPJ 2013 KRISTEN CUSHMAN is a member of Strabane, Pa., Lodge 138. She is the daughter of David and Peggy Cushman, and the granddaughter of Edward Cushman, the late Dorothy Cushman, Jane Verno and the late Robert Verno.
Kristen is a 2006 graduate of Chartiers-Houston High School, a 2010 graduate of Allegheny College with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and a 2012 graduate of Western Kentucky University with a master’s degree in experimental psychology. She was awarded the Guy Emerson Buckingham Prize for showing the greatest promise for a distinguished career in psychology.
In high school and college, Kristen was involved in soccer, basketball, concert and marching band, student government, cheerleading, and community service. While in college she served as secretary for a dance ensemble involved with the Special Olympics and volunteered at the local YMCA. In 2010, Kristen traveled to Harmons, Jamaica, to help construct homes in a impoverished village and to volunteer in their school.
Kristen has participated in both Youth Circle 19 and Lodge 138 bowling leagues and tournaments. She has volunteered for and participated in Lodge-sponsored golf tournaments, spaghetti dinners and various banquets. She has also participated in the Lodge 138 annual Duck Race, National SNPJ Bowling Tournaments and Lodge meetings.
Kristen attended Youth Roundup as a camper for seven years and as a counselor for six years. She represented Circle 19 at TEL Workshops and served as an adult team leader for five years. She has attended the Young Adult Conference for the past seven years, and was honored to earn the title of SNPJ Miss Activity in 2007.