Attending the 2017 Miss Teenage Canada Sponsor Party as a VIP was awesome!!! Not only did I get some pretty cool gifts, I also chatted with many other girls.

I picked out a super cute bangle from Super Adorbs!

We also had a #MTCSongSolo challenge on Instagram. It was awesome to hear everyone’s musical talents!

Received a lovely soap and cream from Golden Glamour Goddesses. They were also offering a discount on spray tans.

Nine West is our official shoe sponsor for the official Miss Teenage Canada pageant!!!Up to the time gifted us with beautiful necklaces!! I show what my necklace looks like in my YouTube video day 1 at Miss Teenage Canada 2017.

Lilly also gave all of us earrings of our choice from Street Chic!

Archer Dental gave us tooth brushes and tooth paste at the sponsorship party. Keeping our teeth nice and white for nationals!!

Standard Telecom set up the official Miss Teenage Canada hashtag, #MTC2017
For all the BTS shoots, updates and all everything Miss Teenage Canada 2017.

Thank you Darren for capturing all the moments at the Miss Teenage Canada sponsorship party. Thank you to all the sponsors for your generosity. Thank you for being apart of this wonderful week in Toronto for Miss Teenage Canada.

 

Day videos
Day 1 at Miss Teenage Canada
Day 2 at Miss Teenage Canada
Day 3 at Miss Teenage Canada

 

Ciao,

 

Grace Alexandra
Miss Teenage Alberta

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A couple years ago at a student council lunch meeting I heard about the opportunity to donate blood. I was all gung ho about donating blood, wanting to know everything! What was my blood type? How do I sign up? Who will this help? Until I was told that I wasn’t old enough to donate.  Feeling a little bit rejected, I kept my hopes high. Even though I wasn’t able to donate blood at 14/15/16 years old I was still very determined to find out my blood type.

It wasn’t until I was 16 years old that my doctor tested my blood and told me what my blood type was, A+ is my blood type! It sounded like I passed that test with flying colours! (pun intended)  About 34% of the population has blood type A+ which makes it the second most common blood type after O+. CLICK HERE to hear about my experience donating blood for the first time!!

 

Ciao,

Grace Alexandra
Miss Teenage Alberta

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Check out my vlog from May 27th  before reading this blog.

Coulee Clean-Up with Lethbridge Area Search & Rescue

On May 28th I had the opportunity to do coulee clean up with Lethbridge & Area Search and Rescue. That morning we all met up at the Helen Schuller Coulee Center. I brought my gloves, put some of my hair back and was good to go! Before we left, I asked if there was any animals I could hold because why not, I love animals. Getting the chance to hold a snake was pretty cool!  Her name was Sophie and she felt silky with her scales laid back towards her tail.

After I said my goodbyes to Sophie we went to the university to clean up in that district. Honestly, I had no idea people littered that much. I don’t litter so I didn’t think it was something people really did. From Tim Hortons and Starbucks cups to Styrofoam. It really opened up my eyes. We need to take care of Mother Nature. Nature doesn’t need people. People need nature. Everyday should be Earth Day! Another thing that opened my eyes was that we found some sleeping bags and coats in the trees. No one was there, but it literally made my heart drop. My eyes widened. How could some one live here? It made me come into realization that homelessness is very much an issue even though we live in a developed country. Just because we don’t come into contact with some situations on a daily basis, that doesn’t mean they aren’t there. Pictures were taken and it was reported to head office. None of us touched or removed the blankets and sleeping bags.  I really enjoyed being apart of the Coulee Clean up with Search & Rescue, it was a good experience.  We also had little contests for fun such as who found the grossest item, biggest item and best piece item.  Megan found the best thing out of the 6 of us, she found $10!  Overall, we had around 10 garbage bags full of junk. We went for slurppies later because it was hot outside, great way to end the day!

 

Ciao,

Grace Alexandra
Miss Teenage Alberta

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It’s hard to pick my favourite place in all of Alberta. Beautiful scenery in Banff, with gondola rides and shopping. Pavan Park, outside of my hometown that’s sentimental. Or even the farm the my nana & papa live, gazing at beautiful yellow fields. There are so many beautiful, special places in Alberta.  Alberta is also home to most of the farmers in Canada, we are even famous for our Beef! When I went to Cuba and Mexico,  lots of restaurants even advertise that they had Alberta Beef.

Out of all the places I could have picked in Alberta from the prairie fields to the city lights, I would have to say Waterton is my favourite!  Waterton is where so many of my special memories were made.  In Waterton there is a wide range of activities such as camping, staying at the famous Prince of Whales Hotel, hiking, fishing, boating, golfing, horse back riding, renting bikes, Cameron Lake, Red Rock Canyon, picnics by the lake, or observing the wildlife and just simply being one with nature.  Interestingly enough, Waterton Lakes National Park has more than 60 species of mammals, 250 species of birds, 24 species of fish and 10 species of reptiles and amphibians. This special place became a national park in 1895 and became the first international peace park in 1932. The history of Waterton consists of explorers, people that wanted to create a safer environment, peacemakers, world shapers and naturalists.

Moving Forward – Waterton Video

As a kid my family and I took countless picnics and trips to Waterton, as it was close to home, it was our go to place. We even took the annual cliché family picture in front of the Cameron Falls every year.  I was 5 when I first learned how to skip rocks.  My mom, dad, brother and I were having a picnic on the rocky beach. I feel the crystal blue glacier water is what makes Waterton so memorable. I will never forget all the times we got ice cream with all my cousins and family. It was absolutely delicious and a must have for every trip to Waterton! The bikes are my brothers favourite. I’ll admit they are fun in spite of not being able to petal up hill very easily. If you ever go to Waterton you have to rent one of the bikes with two people pedaling at least once.

Camp Columbus was the first time I spent a week away from home by myself. I was 10 years old and went with my childhood best friend. It was the first time I came that close to wild bear on a hike and also drenched myself in the glacier water. It was also my first canoe ride since my last canoe ride with my dad three years prior. The water was like glass, no matter how deep the water is or how far out someone is from the shore they can always see the bottom. It amazed me and marked another reason why Waterton is my favourite place in Alberta. At that moment, staring endlessly into the almost seemingly bottomless lake, I felt at one with nature and myself.  At the end of the week we all received a picture with our cabin group that was taken at the top of Bears Hump. The picture was in a frame that our camp counsellors made for us. They put a nickname that described the person on it. I grinned when I got mine because it said “Fashionista”.

I also remember hiking through Red Rock Canyon with my aunties, uncles, cousins, brother, mom, nana & papa and getting soaked!  The sedimentary rocks are unbelievable and beautiful.  After that, we also went for ice cream.  Another time we all came to Waterton, we went to Cameron Lake. There is kayaks, canoes, petal boats etc. that people can rent for fun. It was cooling getting to ride in a petal boat! I enjoyed the scenery and my family’s company. Cameron Lake is stunning at any time of day. A couple years ago my mom, brother and I were in Waterton for a weekend and later on in the day we went to Cameron Lake. We took some pictures. I was wearing my favourite shirt (at the time) light, bright pink with a V-neck from Guess. It is so easy to get lost in the views, especially with the golden sky and the reflections on the lake. However my moms expression looking off into the lake was far from lost.  She looked like she found memories the same way I did on the canoe ride at Camp Columbus. It comforted me because we all carry memories, it’s not always about where we are but who we’re with that is important. Waterton is my favourite place because of all the quality time I spent with my family and for all the amazing memories I had the opportunity to make there.

A month ago we went to Waterton for my step dads family reunion, we were camping.  I’m glad I had the chance to get to know some of Jay’s side of the family.  All the food was great too!  Sunday morning of that weekend while my immediate family was still asleep I went for a walk,  I wanted to go to the water for a bit  just to recollect myself. I still love the glassy look of the glacier water that is cold to the touch and that would slide through my fingers almost like silk.

Next time you go somewhere, consider Waterton. My personal favourite things to do there include having a picnic by the water, eating ice cream by the water, going on a hike and relaxing. I would also recommend going horse back riding at Alpine Stables where my cousin now works, they have around 70 horses and run tours seven days a week. Waterton Shoreline Cruise Co. also has boat rides that cross the boarder to the other side of the international peace park. It’s beautiful and relaxing, I highly recommend the cruise. Waterton is a beautiful place to go because not only can people go hiking, bike riding, boating, swimming, see lots of deer and bears, beautiful flowers, and so much more but because those little trips and picnics bring individuals that much closer to their family. Waterton’s stunning views are surely a sight to see whether its from the Prince of Wales Hotel or Bears Hump!!

Ciao,

Grace Alexandra
Miss Teenage Alberta

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Hello everyone! I love pictures and seeing moments being captured. Rainy days just happen to be perfect time to look at pictures, reflect on life, or even dance in the rain! “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s learning how to dance in the rain.”

Not only was it rainy outside today,

Honey Almond Chicken is my favourite kind of pizza!

this weekend was also my last dance competition for this season. This morning I woke up, gave myself a little pep talk while I was getting ready, then went to the Yates in Lethbridge for dance. My last two group dances today were, Hip Hop: “Ex Crew,” and Lyrical: “Summertime,” the dances went great, high gold for both! Overall this comp. season has been very good, busy and lots of fun. After dance today my mom and I went for lunch, ate some delicious, fresh, well deserved pizza, the whole pizza…..and now I’m at home writing this!

Besides being busy with dance competitions just about every weekend, I wanted to talk about a few other things I’ve been up to as well as a bit more about myself. I’m in my school’s choir and Interact Club.

30th Annual Moonlight Run

The Interact Club is about connecting students to help make a change both locally and globally. I had signed up to volunteer for the Moonlight Run before the pageant happened. Other students from primarily the music program and Interact Club also volunteered at The 30th Annual Moonlight Run hosted by Runners Soul. I wore my sash and crown and had the pleasure of greeting all the runners picking up their “racer packages” both days before the Moonlight Run at Casa. There was a lot of people and it was a good way for me to make my first appearance in the community.

Soon after that I had an interview and was in the Lethbridge Herald. This was the second time I’ve ever been in the newspaper, the first being from a free throw competition I was in for basketball when I was in grade six. So the interview part was a whole new experience!

It was also a new experience getting to be in a cinematography video that one of my best friends filmed. He is wanting to get more into filmmaking/directing. The video will be released soon! My acting skills from taking drama classes and being in the school 2015 Fall Drama Production are finally being put to use. I also got to do a Dance Video with Chris Yauck Photography! This was very meaningful to me as dance has been a big part of my life that I keep near and dear to my heart. Chris is an excellent photographer! He also did a photoshoot for me to get my head & body shot for entering the pageant as well as a photoshoot after I got my title with my crown, sash and gown!!!

Speaking of pictures, another highlight out of my life in the past couple of months was getting my picture on the wall at work! One of the many goals I set for 2017 was to get a job. I’m persistent about achieving anything I set my mind to, so I got a part-time job working the odd shift as a banquet server for LA Chefs Catering & Events. The food of one of my favourite parts about work, but probably the sweetest thing is when there is a buffet and I get to talk to guests about the dessert table! I love being at the different events, hearing speeches and having a glimpse all the guests interacting with each other.

I also had the opportunity of getting to go to Calgary on May 3rd, for McHappy Day!

Jocelyn & Tara from CTV Calgary

I attended the Empty Bowl Benefit at the Calgary Food Bank.  I enjoyed my time there getting to meet local celebrities! It was awesome chatting with media, art director for magazines and social media pages, artists, and athletes. Seeing some of the hand painted bowls, the talent was amazing!!!   So pleased I could be a part of it and support the Calgary Food Bank.

 

 

 

Looking forward to my future events. Keep you posted!
See more pictures on my Facebook Page!

Ciao,

Grace Alexandra
Miss Teenage Alberta 2017

 

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Our new Miss Teenage Alberta 2017, Grace!! I was shocked they called my name. How did this happen?

To rewind, Friday March 10th after school and dance, my mom, younger brother and I drove up to Calgary. The drive wasn’t too long as we live in Lethbridge. Once we got to the Coast Plaza we did some investigating to check out where the pageant would take place. Mom and I also brought some food back to the room, eating a breakfast sandwich for dinner. I went through my pageant papers one last time and that was the rest of my night, dreaming about the possibilities.

Saturday and Sunday I met a lot of beautiful, kind girls. I followed my moms advice to envision what I want, “Your thoughts become things,” she always says. “Dress for the job you want or fake it till you make it!” For training both days I wore a cute dress and comfy shoes, heels. Being myself, I tried my best to learn as much as I possible. I had a lot of fun! It was a new experience and everything was very exciting!!

Sunday night, March 12th, at the Coast Plaza in Calgary, I found myself anxiously standing on the stage for the Miss Teenage Alberta 2017 pageant. At the crowning, my name wasn’t called when most of the other girls were being called. From where I was standing I could see my nana, papa, mom, step-dad and brother. My mom and nana looked nervous with their hands over their mouths possibly thinking that I might not get a crown. While they were calling finalists, in my head I was putting things into perspective. That regardless of what could possibly happen, I tried my best and was confident in myself. To me that’s what mattered. Being able to go home from this weekend knowing I tried my best, gave me the true sense of accomplishment within myself. When they were calling the runners up part of me was also thinking, please don’t call my name. My name still wasn’t called. One of the ladies standing beside me said, “Grace you got it,” and sincerely smiled. I responded with a slight grin, shaking my head, “Who knows,” because in this life nothing is promised, but anything is really possible. When they called my name to be Miss Teenage Alberta 2017, I was so excited!!! And shocked!! In fact, so shocked that I forgot what I was supposed to do!

I’m an ordinary girl with extraordinary dreams. Going into the pageant I didn’t know what to expect as I’ve never done a pageant before, it ended up being an amazing experience!! I’m truly grateful for this opportunity and all the supportive people in my life that helped make it happen.

You may have seen me in my sash and crown greeting racers for the Moonlight Run in Lethbridge or you may have read about me getting my crown in the Lethbridge Herald. I’m very excited for future events and upcoming appearances I’ll be making in my community. Looking forward to my new role, all the people I will meet and the memories I will make as Miss Teenage Alberta 2017. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to participate in the Miss Teenage Canada Pageant in Toronto this August.

Ciao,

Grace Alexandra
Miss Teenage Alberta 2017

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