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Outstanding teen is from Arlington Heights
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Andrea Novak

 

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Published: 7/3/2009 12:00 AM

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A 17-year-old from Arlington Heights has been crowned Miss Illinois' Outstanding Teen 2009 and will compete for the national title in August.

Andrea Novak, who will be a senior this fall at Wheeling High School, faced 17 other contestants. She won the overall talent award for her dance-twirl routine, one of the scholastic achievement awards and one of the academic excellence awards.

Contestants were evaluated on talent, scholastic achievement, active wear, evening gown and a private interview. Novak was awarded $1,300 in savings bonds to go towards her education as well as a $2,500 scholarship by Dolphin Entertainment to participate in an L.A. Experience workshop where she will learn about the entertainment business.

Novak is in the top 10 percent of her class, is a member of the Silver Knights Baton Twirling Corps and has won numerous awards for baton twirling. She also is a member of the National Honor Society and her school's Orchesis dance group, poms squad. She plays flute in the band. She is a downhill ski racer and a NASTAR gold winner.

Her platform is "Strengthening Teen Values: The Key to Adult Success" in which she focuses on helping teens and pre-teens make good valued-based decisions with their lives in order to become strong and successful adults.

During her year of service, she will be supporting the Miss America organization's national platform, Children's Miracle Network, to raise funds for children's hospitals in Illinois.

Miss America's Outstanding Teen hosts its national competition to encourage and reward the talent, communication skills, community service and academic achievement of girls between 13 and 17 years of age. Novak will go to Orlando, Fla., Aug. 5, and the finals are on Aug. 15.

Information on her preparation and appearances is at www.missillinois.org.