09/15/2011 12:16 pm ET Updated Nov 15, 2011

Cynthia Thompson, Former Beauty Queen, Overcomes Bullying And Teaches Youth

Sickle-like Asian Kama blades swing in smooth motions behind a Chicago Heights home, cutting through the hot summer humidity of a Friday afternoon.

Cynthia Thompson is a 15-year science teacher. She's also a former Illinois beauty queen and a Coors Light girl, not to mention an outspoken Heights resident, who voices her concerns at City Hall from time to time.

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