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July 29th and 31st


The Accomplishments
Of Today's
Teens ®

Miss Teen Illinois International®

Dawn Parks - 1st Runner-Up

What Superhero would you like to be and why?
Pipi Longstocking. She has superhuman strength, but she looks for non-violent ways to solve problems. She protects children from bullies. Most importantly, she is true to herself.

What according to you is a true friend?
One who does not judge you for your choices but loves and supports you through them. An ear when you need someone to listen and a shoulder when you need someone to lean on. A beacon of truth when you do not want to hear it, and someone who defends you before all audiences.

How do you handle criticism?
I receive it and make sure I hear and listen to what is being said. Usually, that later provides an opportunity to be better. Being open minded to receive and process the critique is far better than being offended.

When was the last time you tried something new?
Very recently, I tried plant-based meat replacements and found them utterly amazing. I had my doubts, but you cannot say you don’t like something unless you try it first. I am proud to be brave enough to try new things and to be able to speak to them from experience.

Do you think crying is a sign of weakness or strength?
Personal strength and good mental health can be found in expressing and managing your emotions. Crying is such a freeing release; emotions are a gift to help us process and move on stronger.