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Shanon Lersch

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Ph.D. candidate in education policy at DePaul, Chicago Luvabull, DePaul dance team coach
From: Sauganash
Lives in: Lake View
Resumé notes: Shanon was Miss Illinois USA 2008 and a 2009 Sports Illustrated swimsuit model.

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“My mom was Ms. St. Louis, and I’m sure that had a lot to do with my being in pageants. But she was never a pageant mom. It was always: ‘Go out there. Have a good time. If you don’t, we’ll go swim in the pool.’”

“I have two different size feet, so I sometimes fall into things. I spill drinks. When I was in college, on the dance team at DePaul, I was going up for a toe touch and I accidentally kicked the University of Kansas coach in the crotch.”

“I love the entertainment business, but at the same time, I’m also a bookworm.”

“I used to get nervous when I danced at games. Now I see it as an adrenaline rush. I’m more nervous one-on-one, or with a small group, because you can see individual reactions; you can’t look away. With 20,000 people you can just look at someone else.”

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