Education: Fordham University
Acacia Courtney is majoring in Communications with a concentration in Journalism, and minoring in Theology. She is the founder and president of Racing for Home, Inc., a certified 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing and retraining thoroughbred ex-racehorses for new careers beyond the racetrack. A life-long animal lover, Acacia wants to enter the racing industry professionally as a broadcast journalist specializing in horse racing.
Acacia promotes the personal platform of “The Monday Campaigns: A Guide to a Healthier World,” which advocates for small, easy-to-adopt changes that can result in major health improvements. She believes that the United States is becoming unhealthier as a nation, and it is the core goal of her platform to address the way we approach the concept of health. The Monday Campaigns is a nonprofit health initiative that encompasses the entire approach to health consciousness. Acacia advocates for Meatless Monday, Move It Monday, and Kids Cook Monday, encouraging alterations to our daily lifestyle that can be influential in creating a healthy body, a healthy mind, and a healthy world.
Acacia is an accomplished dancer and performs ballet en pointe during the talent portion of competition, but is also proficient in jazz, musical theater, and international ballroom dance styles. She has studied at Steps on Broadway, the Joffrey Ballet School, and American Ballet Theatre, and was named a semifinalist in the 2009 Youth American Ballet Grand Prix Ballet Competition out of 90 contestants. She was also selected as a dancer in the opening number of the 2011 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show on CBS.