York High graduate Brittany Smith became the newest member on the list of Famous People from Elmhurst by being named Miss Illinois 2013. The former Miss Northern Suburbs won the talent competition by performing the Irish step dance “Reel Around the Sun” and will go on to represent the state of Illinois in the Miss America competition to be held in September in Atlantic City. There were a total of 33 contestants in the pageant.

Brittany, a medical assistant from west suburban Elmhurst, was born and raised right here in Elmhurst. She developed her interest in Irish dancing while in high school at York, and has competed at the regional, national and international levels. In 2007, Brittany placed 36th in the Scotland World Championships. She has performed at the Indy 500, and also had the honor of leading the 2011 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. She is currently a professional dancer with the Chicago Rush Adrenalin Dance Team.

A 2012 graduate of Purdue, Brittany was awarded a degree in Health and Kinesiology. Her interview question during the pageant dealt with the under-representation of women in the sciences and engineering. Her answer highlighted the need to encourage more women to enter these fields, and support their choices. She included herself as an example, and described her plans to pursue graduate study as a Physician Assistant. According to her bio on the Miss Northern Suburbs website, Brittany “hopes to motivate and inspire others to maintain healthy lifestyles, both mentally and physically.

As Brittany’s experience shows, Elmhurst is truly an exceptional place to raise a family. Our small-town values underpin an array of cosmopolitan opportunities giving us the best of both worlds. If you’re ready to make the move to Elmhurst, stop by the office at 190 North York Road, and let’s get the ball rolling. If you prefer, visit our website or give us a call at 630-441-5570. With our local knowledge and professional expertise, The Gracik Makinney Group is the best first step to take on the road to Elmhurst.