Junior Lissi Przybys crowned Miss Bellefonte during underclassman prom
The newly-crowned Miss Bellefonte has a role model who she’s looked up to since the age of 9. Junior Lissi Przybys said it’s because of longtime baton coach Arimani Caprio that she wanted to someday be Miss Bellefonte.
“It’s very exciting,” Przybys said. “When I was younger, my baton coach was Miss Bellefonte and she was just someone I always looked up to – captain of her team and (treasurer) of her class – and was everything I wanted to be.”
During prom on April 28, Przybys was elected Miss Bellefonte after being voted by teachers at Bellefonte Area High School. Eligibility requirements allow students to apply for the title if they have at least an 85 percent GPA. A list of their accomplishments and extracurricular activities are also included that help teachers make their pick.
Now, Przybys has a responsibly of acting as the school’s representative when in the community. She will attend school and community events, including the Flaming Foliage Festival held annually in Renovo.
Przybys is the vice president of the Class of 2019 and National Honor Society, a member of Spanish Honor Society, holds a class cabinet position, is the student chair of the prom committee, is on the softball and majorette teams, is a part of marching band and regularly is involved in community volunteer work.
“My life goes by 100 miles an hour, but it’s really rewarding to see everything that may be stressful at times, but has a positive impact on others,” she said.
The position is new for Przybys, but she already has a few words of wisdom for young women wanting to have the same title: “Have a good attitude and get involved in extracurricular (activities) for a purpose – not just to be Miss Bellefonte, but because it’s something you have a passion and dedication for.”
The Miss Bellefonte term will last for one year before the next girl is crowned. The 2017-18 Miss Bellefonte was senior Sierra Pletcher.
*By Brit Milazzo, public relations director, BASD