Courtney Hammons: #kddidit

In high school, I remember fantasizing about my college experience. I wondered who I would be and who I would become. I was a dually enrolled Louisiana Tech student at the beginning of my junior year at a small town high school in Choudrant, Louisiana. So, I had been looking forward to my Tech experience for quite some time. At the beginning of my senior year, I was eager and driven with a go-getter attitude ready to work toward my goals: being a part of sorority life, becoming Miss Louisiana Tech, and aspiring to be Miss Louisiana.

I grew up as an only child, so I always knew I wanted to be in a sorority because I wanted to surround myself with women I could call sisters. Kappa Delta has given me leadership opportunities, friendships, and overwhelming support in conquering my goals. In fact, my KD sisters supported me every year at the Miss Louisiana Tech and Miss Louisiana pageants.

The Miss Louisiana Organization (MLO) has empowered, equipped, and validated young women for over 90 years. The MLO not only provides its representatives with a voice to make positive impressions on the lives of others, but it also serves as a springboard for successful careers in every profession. Since 2016, I chose to immerse my pageant career in being an advocate for the nonprofit Feeding America, and am a voice for the 1 in 8 people in America that go to bed hungry. My personal platform, “Feed the Food Bank,” has given me opportunities to be the student operator for the Good Nutrition Mission food pantry on Tech’s campus and visit food pantries and food banks across the state.

As a future dietitian, my mission is to break the cycle of malnutrition and food insecurity by feeding the food banks, which I believe will help build a healthier stronger America.

The desire to participate in the MLO began when I was fifteen; I first competed in the Miss Louisiana’s Outstanding Teen (MLOT) program. Initially, I participated because I saw it as an opportunity for me to showcase my talent, piano presentation, and gain scholarships to further my education. However, after I met Miss Louisiana 2011, Hope Anderson, I quickly recognized the impact I could personally make on the lives of those in the state of Louisiana. I remember how she had the ability to make me feel like I was the only person in the room. We’re actually great friends now, and I will cherish her friendship and her encouragement in my ambition to follow in her footsteps as Miss Louisiana. I hope to have the same impact on another fifteen year old the same way she did for me.

My love for Louisiana Tech began when I was 2 years old. My dad was a nontraditional student and went back to school after I was born. Watching him obtain his Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Tech inspired me to pursue higher education at Tech as well. Since my love for Tech began long ago, I knew I wanted to represent at the capacity of Miss Louisiana Tech. I have looked up to past Miss Tech’s for years, and I wanted the opportunity to be a role model for younger students on campus. I wanted this opportunity so badly because being an ambassador for my university was something I was already passionate about and actively pursuing.

I competed in Miss Tech my freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior years of college. I placed second runner-up my freshman year, first runner-up, my sophomore and junior years, and finally winning the title my senior year of college. Competing in Miss Tech the last 4 years made my crowning moment so sweet. I remember crying tears of joy because I knew it was finally my time, and with the scholarship money, I would be debt-free from college. It was humbling to have the support of my family, friends, and KD sisters along the way. All glory to God.

I know the meaning of perseverance and tenacity because of my Miss Tech experience. It has taught me to never give up, to be self-reliant, think independently, and to be myself with fearless authenticity because in the end, it is the person you become, not the things you achieve that are most important.

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to represent my beloved Alma Mater, the Alpha Chi chapter of Kappa Delta, and every single Tech student and KD sister on the Miss Louisiana stage this summer. AOT and GO DOGS!


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