SXU Student Crowned 2013 Columbus Day Queen

The Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans (JCCIA) crowned Victoria Martello, a senior at Saint Xavier University (SXU), as the 2013 Columbus Day Queen. The 20-year-old Oak Lawn native beat out 12 other contestants at the pageant held Sunday, July 21 at the Alta Villa Banquet Hall, 430 N. Addison Road, Addison. The Columbus Day Queen represents the Italian-American community at various public events during the calendar year. Martello will also be featured at the annual Chicago Columbus Day parade, Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, along with this year’s parade chairman Tony Durpetti, owner of Gene & Georgetti restaurant.

“Victoria is a wonderful young woman and I look forward to working with her,” says Durpetti. “Her two most important values are family and education. Victoria’s family has a strong presence in the Italian-American community and she excels in education as a Dean’s List scholar at SXU. She is an excellent role model for young Italian-American women.”

Martello is a second generation Italian-American who is majoring in psychology and specializing in Child Life at SXU. She is also the founder and president of the Italian-American Society at SXU. Martello is also the Student Government Executive President at SXU.

The Columbus Day pageant is an annual event. Contestants must be 18-25 years old, be of at least 50 percent Italian descent and single/never married. This year’s pageant was co-chaired by Jim Glimco and Mauro Glorioso. The JCCIA’s executive director is Jo Ann Serpico, the president is Frank Cerrone and president emeritus is Dominic DiFrisco.

For more information about the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans, please contact Lissa Druss Christman at 312.943.1955 or email her at