Hello! I am Sophia, your Miss Teenage Eastern Ontario 2017! I am 18 years old and will be graduating high school in June. I live in the beautiful Madawaska Valley, which is about 2 hours away from Canada’s capital. I come from a tight knit family with 8 siblings. Yes, I am the fourth of 9 kids! I have 6 sisters and 2 brothers; Felicity (age 24), Christian (age 22), Sebastian (age 20), Anna (age 16), Selina (age 14), Megan (age 12), Trinity (10), and Nadia(age 7). I completely adore my large family! There is never a dull moment in my house! Some people find it hard to imagine what it’s like to have a family with 9 kids, but I can’t imagine my life without them. Currently I am the oldest child at home, my older sister and 2 older brothers have already graduated high school and now live in Ottawa where they go to school and work. My beautiful mother, Becky, is raising 6 of us who are currently at home. It is the biggest job I can imagine, but she does it with strength and optimism, while loving each and every one of us unconditionally. So, now that you have a better idea of where I come from and a little about my family, I will tell you a bit more about myself.
When I got into high school I was eager to get involved with extracurricular activities and meet new people. I’m very outgoing and open to new things so I was quick to join clubs, sports team, introduce myself to new people and learn as much as I could. In grade 9, I tried out for every sports team I could. I made the basketball team, volleyball, track, and badminton teams. I continued to play on those teams throughout my years in high school and enjoyed them all! I was captain of the basketball team in grade 9, 10, 11, and 12. Balancing sports and my academic classes was not an easy task, but with determination I survived the heavy workload and it made my high school experience very memorable. Sports teach you valuable life lessons that provide you with useful tools for everyday life, such as, how to work as a team, be a leader, accept defeat and be to be a humble winner. High school sports has enriched my life and has provided me with special memories and wonderful friendships.
I love the outdoors and I am always eager to explore the beautiful Madawaska Valley that I call home. My friends and I always enjoy taking a trip out to Algonquin Park in the fall and summer. We spend a lot of our time in the summers going for hikes, canoeing, fishing, beach volleyball, tubing, swimming, and being with nature. It’s a great way to unwind and relieve stress from our busy summer work schedules. I am a very active person and I love nature, so hiking and exploring is a perfect fit for me. In the winter, I like to stay active by snowboarding and going skating at the outdoor rinks in my area. My sister Anna and I went on a trip out to British Columbia this past March break. It is such a beautiful
province and the scenery is absolutely gorgeous. We went on many hikes, walks by the ocean, and got a taste of what it is like to live by the mountains. We were also lucky enough to drive up to Whistler and see the Olympic Village and the Olympic rings! It was a trip of a life time.
In addition to sports and recreation, I also have a great love for music and the arts. I picked up a guitar at a young age and I fell in love with writing and learning new songs. I love singing, playing piano, hitting the drums, and even try a bit of ukulele and bass guitar. My love for music inspired me in grade 9 to join our school’s music program. I have been in the program every year since and I love everything about it. In grade 9, my three friends and
I started a girl’s band. We all sing and we play various instruments, so we have a vast selection of songs that we can perform. We learn the popular cover songs to perform for various concerts throughout the high school and the community. We are called Phoenix, and still practice together to this day! The love of music and performing runs in my family and each one of my siblings sings and plays an instrument. It’s a great way to bond as a family and a perfect way to relieve stress after a busy day at work or school.
It feels like high school flew by, and I cannot believe my senior year is quickly coming to an end. I have learned many skills and gained plenty of knowledge the past four years and I will graduate knowing that I have made the best of my high school experience. I am excited to continue my education at the University of Ottawa in the Fall of 2017 as I strive to achieve an Honours Bachelor of Social Science in Criminology degree.
The future is so exciting and holds so many unknown adventures! My first big adventure being a delegate in this year’s Miss Teenage Canada Pageant. I never would have thought I would have had this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I am going to absorb every moment of this unique experience.
Until next time,