Hometown: Tinley Park
Q: What is the craziest thing you have ever done?
A: When I was in junior high, a group of my good girl friends and I were having a slumber party. We were trying to pull an all-nighter, but by 1:00 AM we had run out of fun things to do. You can only play "Truth or Dare" so many times. While sitting in a circle on the floor of my friend's room, we decided that it would be a good idea to give each other hair cuts. We began looking through magazines to see which hair style each of us wanted. Then, without hesitation, we started snipping away. We soon learned that none of us were as qualified as we thought. My hair turned out the worst, and we kept trying to fix it by cutting more hair off. Lets just say I don't think my friends nor I have a future in the cosmetology field.
Q: Do you cook and/or bake anything? If so, what are your special dishes?
A: I wouldn't consider myself a chef, but one thing I am known for in my family is my Three-Cheese Spaghetti Bake. I learned how to make it in my high school cooking class. Anytime I make it for dinner, my family loves it and they eat every last bite. Unfortunately, this dish is not part of my pre-pageant diet!
Q: If you were handed 10 million dollars, what would you splurge on?
A: Although I have had the opportunity to do some traveling already, seeing more of the world is one of my life goals. I would especially like to take my entire family to Italy. My great-grandmother is originally from Italy, and I think it would be a great learning experience as well as a fun family trip. I would also use the money to donate to The American Cancer society because my aunt Karen battled cancer, and it is a cause that I'm passionate about.
Q: If you could meet one celebrity, who would it be and why?
A: I would like to meet Tyra Banks. I am a huge "America's Next Top Model" fan because I like how the winner isn't always necessarily the most perfect girl. They recognize girls who are unique and who have traits that stand out. I think this sends a good message to young women because it allows them to be more comfortable with their individuality. Because I want to have a career in the entertainment industry, she is definitely a role model for me.
Q: What is unique about you (something no other contestant can say about themselves)?
A: I think some of my family traditions are something that set me apart from other contestants. One in particular is our annual "Egg-Cracking Contest" which takes place on Easter Sunday. Everyone decorates a hard boiled egg, and we compete against each other by hitting one egg against another. The player that has an uncracked egg at the end, is the winner. It's fun to see the different things that people do to make their eggs stronger. One year my cousin put clear nail polish on both ends of his egg to make it harder to crack. I have yet to win this contest, but next year I'm coming back with a vengeance!