Resident Media Director
"If you want something, don't be embarrassed about your goals."
Beautiful, intelligent, and a believer in social responsibility, Miss Illinois U.S. 2012 Nancy To has a passion for giving back. A native of the Chicagoland area, she discussed growing up as a first-generation American of Vietnamese background and how this motivated her to become the woman she is today. An avid believer in developing one's dreams into realities, she discusses how her current roles have developed over time.
A physics and health science teacher at Josephinum Academy, empowering young minds is a personal goal of hers. "We didn't have much growing up...so I feel I can reach out to my students," Nancy mentioned. "My platform is education and empowering women." Nancy believes that everything happens for a reason, and the opportunities she's had through Miss Illinois U.S. have allowed her to foster some of the changes she wants to make. "We need to empower (women)...teach them to become balanced."