Miss Lake County’s Outstanding Teen, Samantha Pokorny (Junior Miss Round Lake Area 2012 & Lake County Community Pageant Junior Miss 2013) will compete for the title of Miss Illinois’ Outstanding Teen. She will compete against 28 other teens from around the state for the title. The winner then moves on to Orlando, Florida in late July/early August to compete for the title of Miss America’s Outstanding Teen. Samantha has been very busy throughout Lake County, specifically working with her platform, an organization she formed called “Celebrate Kids.” She collects donations of cake mix, frosting, and other party supplies to give to organizations that serve the less fortunate so that all kids are able to celebrate a birthday. In addition to her work in the community, Samantha is just finishing up her sophomore year at Carmel Catholic High School in Mundelein, where she received superior academic honors, and is a member of the school’s competitive dance team.
Miss Mississippi Crown’s Outstanding Teen, Annika Churchill (Junior Miss Round Lake Area 2013 & Lake County Community Pageant Junior Miss 2014) will also compete for the title of Miss Illinois’ Outstanding Teen. Annika has been very busy working with her platform, “Caring with the Clown: Ronald McDonald House.” She regularly participates in “Meals from the Heart,” a program where groups of volunteers plan and prepare a meal for residents staying at Ronald McDonald House. She has also been an active member of teen advisory board with RMH. Annika even spent her spring break traveling around the state preparing meals and can now proudly say she has volunteered at all of the Ronald McDonald House locations in the state of Illinois. Annika is just completing her sophomore year at North Shore Country Day School in Winnetka and has been very involved in a number of theater productions, including the lead role as Elle Woods in Big Deal Productions’ “Legally Blonde.”
Miss Lake County’s Pre-Teen, Keira Dafnis (Little Miss Round Lake Area 2013), will be competing with 26 other girls for the title of Miss Illinois’ Pre-Teen. She started working with her platform, “SAFE: Stuffed Animals for Emergencies,” while she was still a Round Lake Area Queen. The purpose of SAFE is the collect gently used stuffed animals that are then donated to various agencies to be given out to children in stressful or traumatic situations. Her most recent donations went to the Round Lake Area Fire Department. Keira was also recently named one of the local 2015 winners in the Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program, rewarded for outstanding service in the community. Keira is completing 5th grade at Park School in Round Lake.. She is also entering her 7th season of competitive cheerleading at Ultimate Athletics and just returned from Disney World, where she and her team competed at The Summit, a world championship event for competitive allstar cheer teams.
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