JACKSON TWP.  Courtney Lynn Storey has been successfully working on a number of goals she has set for herself. She would like to be a news anchor at one of the Cleveland news stations. To meet that goal, she’s in her second year at Bowling Green State University majoring in broadcast journalism and communications and meteorology.

Another goal she recently achieved was being crowned Miss Akron Canton on Oct. 1. She will compete in the Miss Ohio in June and if she wins there, will go on to compete in the Miss America pageant in September.

Storey is a 2016 graduate of Jackson High School where she was a cheerleader and captain of the team her junior and senior years. She also ran track for four years in high school.

"I competed in the Miss Ohio Teen pageant a few years ago and then I sat out for year before trying for the Miss Akron Canton," Storey said.

Her duties for the year include getting out in the public and promoting her platform which is Freedom Isn’t Free; Honoring Those Who Have Served. She’ll be visiting Veteran’s Administration (VA) hospitals and local senior living facilities as part of her platform.

Both of her parents are army veterans. Her mother, Margaret, served 23 years in the U.S. Army and retired as a Major. Her father, Duane, served six years in the U.S. Army. Storey is applying to become a student advisor for military students at Bowling Green. If selected, she’ll be employed by Bowling Green and the VA.

She’ll also be visiting kids at the Akron Children’s Hospital and is planning a teddy bear drive.

"I’m planning to hold a teddy bear drive to collect bears to take to the kids at Akron Children’s Hospital. The drive starts Nov. 6 and I’ll deliver the bears the week before Christmas," Storey said.

The pageant is hosted by the Miss Ohio program. She received a $1,500 scholarship along with the crown. Storey beliees that winning the crown opens a lot of doors for her future.

"I’ll be meeting a lot people and getting involved with the community more and when you are involved like that you never know who you will meet," said, Storey, who added that she is excited about being crowned Miss Akron-Canton and is looking forward to the next year. "It’s been heart-warming to see so many people support me along the way. I thank my parents for everything. This has taught me how right my mother always is because she encouraged me to go for it. While I did hesitate on whether to compete again, I knew it would be good for me. I listened to my heart and made a dream come true."