2008
Student performs community service to prepare for national pageant

Student performs community service to prepare for national pageant
June 4, 2008

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

This pageant was not made for television. There is no swimsuit competition, no embarrassing talent competition and no Bert Parks singing “There she is…” The American’s National Teenager Scholarship Organization (ANTSO), founded in 1970 and based in Nashville, Tenn., sponsors competitions in which the contestants are judged on their academics, their extracurricular activities, their record of community service and their personal expression. That was what attracted Benedictine University student Chrissy Sitarski, who will represent Illinois in the 2008 ANTSO National Miss competition July 24-29 in Nashville. “I had competed in other pageants,” said Sitarski, a graduate of Lake Park High School majoring in nutrition with a minor in biology at Benedictine. “But I did an ANTSO pageant two years ago and I loved it.” ANTSO is the premier pageant scholarship program in America. Awarding nearly $5 million annually, ANTSO promotes strong scholastic ideals, solid leadership principles and high character growth to young women. All national and state winners have the opportunity to serve as positive role models to other young people across America. Sitarski said she is able to use her title to help others through personal appearances and by drawing attention to various charitable causes. She recently helped out at a Lions Club Pancake Breakfast in Itasca and participated in the annual Relay For Life benefit for cancer research at Benedictine University. “I really enjoy helping young children,” Sitarski said. “The way their faces light up. I can’t wait to go out and help them. Having a title enables me to help others even more than I could have otherwise.” Sitarski is also very active in her church, Trinity Lutheran Church in Roselle, where she serves as an usher and lector. This is the first year ANTSO is sponsoring a National Miss division for young women ages 19-25. Pageant coordinator Jennifer Telwar said that everyone involved in the pageant has been impressed with Sitarski. “She is very active in her community, which is so important,” Telwar said. “She is very articulate, organized and detail-oriented, attributes that indicate she is someone who has their act together. She also has a lot of personality.” That personality will come in handy in the fall when she begins to carpool with her younger sister, Michelle Lynn, who will be a freshman at Benedictine University. “We’re always joking about carpooling together,” Sitarski said. “But it’s a good thing.”

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.