Meet our 2017 Miss and Outstanding Teen titleholders!
NEW MISS LANE COUNTY NICOLE MCNERNEY
Nicole McNerney is a 19 year old junior at the University of Oregon with a major in Public Relations and a minor in Business. Her platform is cancer awareness and over the years has raised nearly $50,000 to support local cancer patients and cancer centers. She has been recognized nationally for her efforts in bringing attention to the need for funding for cancer patients and research. She was one of the 2013 Massachusetts General Hospital National 100 Honorees. She creates Joann Cares Baskets for cancer patients going through treatment to lessen the burden and alleviate pain they experience. Founder of the Talk to Your Folks Facebook page and Defeat Cancer Walkathon.
MISS LINN-BENTON ZOE SPITZER
Zoe Spitzer is a 21 year old born in Vancouver, B.C. and grew up in Portland, OR. She is currently pursuing a business degree at Oregon State University. Her platform is Advocating for Alternative Learning and she spends time volunteering for the Boys and Girls Club of Corvallis tutoring and helping kids focus on their school work. She believes helping kids learn their strengths and effective learning strategies, is crucial to being successful throughout school, university, and their future careers. Zoe enjoys being on stage, she sang When We Were Young for the talent portion at Miss Linn-Benton. This year, she had the chance to fulfill one of her life long dreams of becoming a character performer at Walt Disney World. Getting the opportunity to play a variety of roles and interact with different types of people were some of her favorite memories. In her spare time, she enjoys practicing photography, spending time with her pets, and going on road trips.
MISS LANE COUNTY OUTSTANDING TEEN EMMA MATHER
Our 2017 Miss Outstanding Teen Lane County title holder, Emma is a sophomore at Triangle Lake Charter School. She aspires to become an actress and in her free time she enjoys baking, reading, singing, playing volleyball, throwing the javelin, running hurdles, archery and playing percussion in her school’s band. She is the secretary for the Student Council and is her class’ treasurer. She was a Girl Scout for seven years, earning her Silver Award.
Her platform is the Children’s Miracle Network and the Kids Helping Kids pageants. She has been a coordinator for the Mr. Laker pageant for two years and this year was made the Assistant Head Coordinator. Throughout her reign as Miss Lane County’s Outstanding Teen, she hopes to help the CMN as much as she can and hopes to bring awareness to the community about the importance of this program.
2017 MISS OREGON and FORMER MISS LANE COUNTY HARLEY EMERY
Harley Emery is a sophomore at the University of Oregon majoring in International Studies and Journalism, with minors in Political Science and Arabic. She enjoys exploring the outdoors, creating visual art, playing the piano, and partner dancing. As part of an ongoing State Department Internship, Harley co-founded a refugee advocacy group at the University of Oregon called “No Lost Generation UO” which aims to raise awareness of various refugee crises, volunteers with local refugee resettlement organizations, and advocates for educational opportunities for refugee youth. Harley’s platform is “Global Mindfulness for a More Peaceful World,” which encourages meaningful dialogue on global social and political issues, and relationship-building between communities of different backgrounds. Having spent significant time in several countries in Africa and the Middle East, Harley brings a unique perspective to conversations on cross-cultural communications, world religions, gender issues, and international politics. Harley is happy to discuss or to give presentations on these topics – as well as the Miss America Program and its official platform, the Children’s Miracle Network – at events, meetings, or for school classes upon request.
- Has been a guest speaker at local Rotary and Elks club meetings and events
- Spoke at the Oregon Elks annual state-wide conference
- Presented two workshops to student groups at the 2017 PeaceJam conference