Sonya L. Petty
Ms. American Elegance Sophisticate 2018
Sonya is a native of Chicago, Illinois and has worked as Certified Medical Coder for 20 years and soon to be a graduate from Governor State University with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Minor in Sociology in 2018. Afterwards she will pursue her Masters in Gerontology. She’s the proud mother of Akilah who is an artist, soon to be a carpenter apprentice & interior designer.
Three years ago she began pageantry because there was a need for balance in her life and a platform of service was the solution. Gandhi said “the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others”.
Ever since Sonya was a little girl she was drawn to older people and enjoyed their company. Sonya and her sisters (Lovice & Jacqueline) took care of their mom during her health challenges and after her passing she named and initiated “HELEN”, acronyms of her mom’s name. Her platform is Let’s Talk About H.E.L.E.N, Helping Elders Live Efficiently Now! Helen is about bridging the gap between the young and old, encouraging the community not only to talk about aging and its challenges but for individuals to volunteer within the senior citizen community. It gives support, comfort and assistance to all involved. We are our brothers and sisters keeper and it is our responsibility to care for those who have taken care of us with respect, dignity and love. Wanting to continue her mother’s legacy of moral values and her love for senior citizens is why she enjoys the wisdom and knowledge of older mentors and will continue to advocate for better care, funding and assistance.
Recently crowned Ms. American Elegance Sophisticate 2017-18, she believes through perseverance, strengthening her platform & inner self, was the driving force on making her successful. Alongside her journey was her baby sister Lovice Petty Brinkman who won 1st runner up in Mrs.’s division of American Elegance and National Titleholder of Cover Model 2018. Her sisters have always been by her side and to have one literally next to her during this process has made her crowning even sweeter.
Her goals as a National Queen are to continue her appearances, volunteering, and public speaking engagements.