MOVERS & SHAKERS
Mover & Shaker of the Month
Isabella Porta By Paula Green
sabella Porta was recently named Miss Teen Gibsonia International 2020. She graduated from Aquinas Academy in 2019, where she attended from kindergarten through 12th grade. She is currently enrolled at Duquesne University and is double-majoring in Modern Languages and Mathematics. Isabella aspires to be a future leader in the FBI. She knows what it takes to be in charge because Isabella is a LeadersNow International Professional Association member. This organization serves the needs of young women who aspire to become leaders within their schools, communities and families. Isabella joined LeadersNow in 2013 and is currently serving as an assistant director for the LNI Summer Leadership Training Program. “I began LeadersNow International in the 6th grade when it was offered as a monthly meeting at Aquinas. I have been a member for seven years. I assist the group’s founder and president, Annie Lang. We work on various projects to expand the organization and educate the members already in the program,” said Isabella.
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“In June, I competed at the Pennsylvania International pageant. At the state level, I received an award titled the Erin Joy Landis Award. This award was a check for $500 already made out to an organization I was involved with. At this pageant, it was necessary to have a platform. My platform is Mentoring the Female Leaders of Tomorrow. My platform parallels the morals and motives of LeadersNow International. The judges who selected the recipient of the award researched each participant and her associated organizations. The judges chose LeadersNow Intentional to receive the award,” Isabella said. Isabella has also been involved with other organizations. “I was a Rhythmic Gymnast (national level) for 13 years with Pittsburgh Northstars. And at the age of 15, I became the youngest Rhythmic Gymnastics coach in the nation. I began competitive dance in the 10th grade and placed nationally as well. I also work at my dance studio LDI DanceWorks,” Isabella added. She resides in Gibsonia with her parents Laura Valles and Anthony Porta. n