Trinity High School sophomore and Forest Park resident Dominique Nicole Brady was recently selected to participate in the National 2005 Miss Jr. Teen pageant competition.

She will be competing in Arlington Heights Sept. 10 for her share of over $20,000 in scholarships, prizes and gifts, as well as a 5-day trip to Orlando, Florida to represent the Chicago area at the Cities of America National Competition.

Brady, a straight-A student at Trinity, said she was recommended for the program by her teachers in the Upward Bound program at Triton College, which allows selected high school students to participate in college classes.

Brady said she has taken classes in Spanish, English, and Geometry at Triton.

To qualify for the pageant, Brady had to interview with Pageant Coordinator Patty Neidert. Among the questions she was asked, she said, were whether she would be phased if she lost, to which she answered no, and how she would best describe herself in one word, to which she replied “energetic.”

She has never competed in a pageant before, but said she looks forward to the opportunity to “gain some confidence, meet new people and have fun,” and to “start saving for college” if she wins.

Brady has received quite a few awards during her academic career, including the Good Citizenship Award, Concert Band Award, Girls Softball Award, National Junior Honor Society, and Black History Month Achievement Award.

Her athletic endeavors include softball, track and volleyball.

She said she has not yet decided whether she wants to be a doctor or a lawyer.

She will compete in the Miss Jr. Teen division, and modeling routines will include casual wear and formal wear. She will also be interviewed by judges during the pageant.

Contestants in the pageant rely on sponsorship from community businesses, individuals and organizations to pay for training and rehearsal. Those interested in sponsoring Dominique should call Pageant Coordinator Patty Neidert at 800/569-2487.

“Seth Stern