Eryn Grace LaLonde was raised in “The Friendly City” of Bradenton, Florida. She attended The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee to both pursue and attain a Bachelor of Science Degree. Preceding this notable accomplishment, Eryn earned an Associate of Arts, while maintaining placement on the Dean’s List of the State College of Florida Sarasota-Manatee - a direct result of her dedication, perseverance, and focus on academic excellence. Her tenacity remained consistent as she progressed to the University of Central Florida, where she is currently working diligently to secure a Master of Healthcare Administration degree. Her successes throughout her educational journey were rewarded with various scholarships, including the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Scholarship, the Anna Maria Island Privateers Scholarship, the F.A.C.T. Scholarship, as well as the Women's Resource Center Scholarship and the Manatee Community Foundation Scholarship.
Eryn’s inherent hard work has spanned far beyond her education; she has freely given her time to volunteer more than 3,500 hours of community service. These hours include various festivals, events, parades, and fundraisers. Eryn has always been persistent about being involved in her community, as well as encouraging others to come alongside her to help. She believes in the true definition of humanitarian - not only being a person who works to make other people’s lives better, but also to offer time, care, and help without expecting anything in return. She accepted the opportunity to travel to Guatemala on four different occasions to dedicate her time to a malnutrition center, working with One More Child (previously Orphan’s Heart). She was also a Children’s Miracle Network Ambassador, an active Feeding Empty Little Tummies (F.E.L.T.) Volunteer, as well as a volunteer with Florida Baptist Children’s Home in Lakeland, FL.
In addition to being focused on humanitarian efforts, Eryn has also proved herself as an effective and deserving leader various times; she was the Hernando Desoto Historical Society’s Sisterhood of the Crown Corresponding Secretary for two years; an Ovarian Cancer Awareness Chair; a member of the Health Service Administration Student Association, the Graduate Health Network, Healthy Knights, and Crown to Crown at the University of Central Florida; and member of the Sigma Alpha Lambda Honor Society, the American Medical Student Association, and Relay for Life at the University of South Florida.
At a soaring 6’6”, Eryn does not mind standing out, and allows her height to help her leave positive and lasting impressions on those she meets. As the Second Runner Up to the 2015 Miss Florida’s Outstanding Teen “Teens in Action Award”, and the Hernando Desoto Historical Society’s 2017 Queens Court, she is motivated and encouraged to continue her course through pageantry, hoping to help more people, inspire more young women to find and embrace their voices, and encourage others to see and embrace the joy of serving others.