Hey there everyone! Sorry things got so busy in the last few days but I wanted to conclude my blog series of my journey to Miss Teenage Canada. This week was exciting, busy and SO MUCH FUN! I thoroughly enjoyed every minute and taking part in this life changing experience is something I always will look back on and smile about.
On saturday we had a full day of rehearsals making sure everything was ready for the big show! Our wonderful choreographers Sean and Hollywood worked hard to ensure we were completely prepared for everything that was coming our way. Saturday evening was the Talent Gala. This was such a special night, not only because all 54 delegates got to dress up, showcase their talents and enjoy one last fancy meal together but because we got to perform for our families and friends and get to spend time with them after a week of being away. I can’t believe all of the amazing talents that were in our group of girls, there was tap dancers, opera singers, piano players and even a hula dancer! I performed my solo from my school’s production of Grease and I had so much fun! The crowd was so great to perform in front of. Once I was done my heart wouldn’t stop pounding and I just wanted to go again! I don’t think I’ve ever had so much fun while singing for a crowd!
After the talent show was over we had 30 mins to see our families! I pretty well ran out of my chair to see everybody. I had 14 people there to support me and I was so thrilled to see everyone. It was hard to say goodbye but I knew I’d have lots of time to see them the following night!
The day we had been waiting for, SHOW NIGHT! We woke up early and headed to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre so we could rehearse on stage and have our hair and makeup done. It was my goal for the entire day to take it all in and enjoy every moment because I knew that this day and this experience was a once in a lifetime opportunity.
When the day turned to night my heart began to beat faster and faster. I was so excited to take the stage with 54 other amazing girls. Throughout the week we had all grown so close that we felt more like sisters, I’m so proud of all of the girls. Everyone represented there provinces so well and it’s a very good feeling knowing that I now have friends all over Canada that I can go to if I need to. When we were lined up on the sides of the stage before opening number all I could think about was how I had been preparing myself for this week for what seems like forever and now it’s almost over. Before we went on our choreographers Sean and Hollywood told us to take in this moment, because this moment will never happen again. So that is exactly what we did. The whole night seemed like it went by in the blink of an eye. When they were calling top 20 I never expected my name to be called. My legs couldn’t stop shaking when I made my way to the centre of the stage. The top 20 then went on to do our bathing suit walk and then returned to find out who would make top 10. To hear my name called again made my heart pretty well stop. I couldn’t believe it, and then being called for top 5 was equally as exciting. Next up was impromptu questions. I was so impressed by how poised and confident all of the girls were when they answered. All of the girls did so well throughout the evening I’m sure it was a difficult decision for the judges to make.
This week I had one of the greatest experiences of my life, not only did I get to take part in the Miss Teenage Canada pageant but it’s with pleasure that I can say I received Miss Teenage Canada 3rd runner up and Miss Teen Top Fundraiser 2016. I am beyond thrilled with both of these titles. Miss Teen Top Fundraiser is a title that I am incredibly proud of. My fundraising and volunteer work is something I am very passionate about and love doing. I have been volunteering ever since I was a little girl and plan to continue on this enriching path. My fundraising journey for Miss Teenage Canada began May long weekend and since then I organized 18 fundraisers for Free the Children and Alberta Fire Relief. In total I made $14 403 and in reward of receiving this title I will be going on a trip with Free the Children to Ecuador. I’m so excited to take on this journey because I get to take my love of volunteering and move it to a global scale. My platform of Childhood Cancer Awareness is something that I am incredibly passionate about and have been raising awareness for what seems like forever. I loved having the opportunity to raise awareness of this charity in front of our nation.
Receiving the title of 3rd runner up was one of the most exciting feelings I have ever had. My heart dropped hearing my name called for top 20, then 10 and then 5. I never expected for this to happen, but words can’t describe how grateful I am for this experience.
Although the most rewarding thing I received this week was life lasting friendships and memories. Every single delegate was beautiful inside and out and I will carry all of them in a special place in my heart. We’re all winners in this pageant, because what we get out of this pageant is so much more than just a title. We get confidence, friendships, memories, smiles and life changing experiences.
I couldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for the Miss Teen Ontario East pageant. This pageant with a purpose has changed my life for the better and helped shape me to become who I am today. This has been the best experience in my life and I have grown so much because of this. The pageant has opened so many doors for me and allowed me to make life long friendships and memories. With the Miss Teen Ontario East pageant I am a part of more then just a pageant committee, I am a part of a beautiful family that I can proudly call mine.
Thank you to my family, friends and community for your love and support, knowing you were all cheering me on this weekend means the world to me and I couldn’t have received Miss Teen Top Fundraiser without your support. I also had the 3rd highest amount of votes for the Peoples Choice Award and I’m so touched that 293 of you took time out of your busy day to vote for me. It was truly touching to know you were all live streaming and cheering me on during pageant night. I’m truly thankful to live in the amazing place that I do.
To my MTOE family and my new MTC family I love you all, thank you so much for this experience. This has been an amazing time in my life that I will never forget.
Thank you and GO GOLD
Kathleen, Miss Teenage Eastern Ontario 2016