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Dawn Parks was Miss Illinois Teen USA 2022



A native of Chicago, Dawn Parks was crowned Miss Illinois Teen USA on 30 May 2022 and represented Illinois at the Miss Teen USA 2022 pageant in Reno, Nevada. Dawn is studying Culinary Arts and Business to bring her plans to become a restauranteur to fruition. She plans to show the girls and women of the world, a leading example of a woman thriving in a male-dominated industry.

2022 bio:

Miss Illinois Teen USA 2022 Dawn Parks is currently a culinary student at Joliet Junior College Culinary Arts. She aspires to become a world renowned chef. The young food creator graduated from Rich Township High School, where she served as a leader, scholar, and mentor. She was a member of the National Honor Society, Scholastic Board, Student Agency Board, captain of the softball team and member of the pom team. She’s also passionate about giving back to the community. Earlier this month, she had the opportunity to speak to 8th graders at Michelle Obama School of Technology and the Arts.

Miss Teen USA pageant photos

The Miss Teen USA pageant is once-in-a-lifetime event few get to experience. Here are Dawn’s official Miss Teen USA photos.

State pageant photos

The on-stage moments, the tension of the final two and the glory of the crowning, here are Dawn’s state pageant photos.

Professional photos

Lights, camera, action!  Professional photoshoots are one of the perks that comes from winning a title.

Candid & Appearance photos

From events straight after her crowning to her final appearances before she passes on her crown, here’s a look at all the appearances Dawn has made during her reign, as well as other candid photos during her year.

Farewell photos

All beautiful things must come to an end, no matter how bittersweet. See Dawn’s farewell walk and other candids from the weekend she crowned her successor Vivica Lewandowski as Miss Illinois Teen USA 2023.

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