ORLAND PARK, IL — Miss Teen Orland Park is heading south on Saturday within the hopes of upgrading her already honorable title to Miss Illinois Teen USA.
The current Carl Sandburg Excessive Faculty graduate, Victoria Eakins, will compete for Miss Illinois Teen USA on June 26, on the Braden Auditorium at Illinois State College in Regular, Illinois.
The competition can have 30 members from throughout the state. Usually, there are 70 members enrolled, however as a result of coronavirus pandemic, the 2021 quantity is barely much less. The Miss Illinois USA pageant will happen the next day on the similar location.
Earlier than she heads out to the competitors, Patch performed a Q & A with Miss Teen Orland Park herself. Right here is the dialog Patch had with Eakins:
Patch: How lengthy have you ever been concerned in pageants?
Eakins: For 2 years. Fairly truthfully, my mother was very hesitant to have me taking part in pageants due to the widespread misconceptions about pageants. I satisfied her to let me do my first pageant and signed up for a pageant prep workshop in 2019. There I met so many amazingly supportive and provoking girls. There have been girls turning into medical doctors, entrepreneurs, engineers, academics and way more! Pageant girls are actually a lot greater than a “fairly face.” They’re fierce advocates and public audio system. They develop non-profits, specializing in serving to or educating individuals. The truth is, I developed a non-profit referred to as “Victorious Endeavors”. I converse to teenagers and younger adults on overcoming numerous challenges and offering them with methods. I additionally launched a web-based retailer referred to as “I’mPerfect Pearl” on the age of 16, the place proceeds of the gross sales are donated to numerous charities.
Patch: When did you win Miss Orland Park?
Eakins: I used to be accepted as Miss Orland Park in 2019 and 2020. It has actually been an honor to signify my hometown and to provide again to my group by being concerned in serving the group, in addition to talking to individuals about overcoming numerous challenges by way of my non-profit, Victorious Endeavors. Finally, I hope to not solely signify my hometown, however the State of Illinois by being chosen Miss IL Teen USA 2021, so I can proceed my work on a larger scope
Patch: Is that this your first time competing within the Miss Illinois Teen USA competitors?
Eakins: It isn’t. I competed in Miss Illinois Teen USA pageant 2020 within the fall of 2019 the place I positioned 4th runner-up and was honored to win the title of Miss Congeniality, which my pageant sisters nominated me for. That was my first pageant and an incredible expertise throughout.
Patch: What does this achievement imply to you?
Eakins: To me, it means to have the braveness to problem your self and push by way of even when issues are tough or trigger you to be uncomfortable. I do know it sounds cliché, however it is not all about profitable. (Though that might be nice!) Achievement to me is knowing that nothing in life comes straightforward. It’s possible you’ll fail quite a few occasions at one thing, otherwise you might not be the “finest” at one thing, however you proceed to persist and have the grit to succeed. I can attest to that in my very own life.
Patch: I see you latterly graduated from highschool, do you’ve got school plans?
Eakins: I am attending group school to get my basic training credit. My purpose is to acquire my bachelors diploma in enterprise advertising and gross sales. I am additionally taking an actual property class to get my license.
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