This past week has been so amazing and has helped me grow in many ways. Though I did not win the title of Miss Teenage Canada, I did learn more about myself than I ever thought I would. This week was many things to me, it was a way to meet so many wonderful people, a way to travel and learn new things about a part of Canada I had never been to before, and it was a way to form a deeper connection to myself. I learnt that when it comes to a journey in your life, the important part isn’t the destination, it’s the actual journey and self growth that you experience on the way that’s important. This week definitely had some curveballs that I was able to overcome, and throughout the process, I learned that I was 10 times stronger than I originally thought I was, coming into this pageant. Having to spend a week, without my parents, and enduring these curveballs , I learned that not only I was stronger than I thought, I also was able to be a lot more independent. This week was  amazing and opened up so many opportunities for me. I can truly say that this week has changed me, and that it is one that I will hold close to my heart for the rest of my life, along with the amazing people I met along the way. 

-Xara

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This week has gone by in a flash and now it’s time for the curtains to close, to say goodbye to my sisters, catch our flights, leave our dream and enter the reality of our real life. This week has been so surreal and I am so extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to travel to Ontario, compete for the title of Miss Teenage Canada, and meet all these amazing people in the process. I have to admit that when I first got here, I felt extremely intimidated and nervous, but everyone was so extremely welcoming and supportive from the first minute this week started. There`s lots of stigma and stereotypes when it comes to pageants, but I am here to tell you that all of that is false. The girls here are not bratty or rude or egotistical, they are the most supporting, kind individuals I have ever met in my life. To my pageant sisters, thank you for giving me the chance to get to know all of you. Whatever happens tonight just know that I will always be there for you. Thank you for being there for me all week, for those hugs in times when I felt lost and alone, for those late night chats, and for all the amazing laughs. I can honestly say that I have laughed this week more than I have in the past few months. To Marc, Samie, and Emma thank you so much for being such amazing chaperons and role models for all of the delegates. And for being patient with us, cause I know we are extremely annoying and a lot of work. Thank you for all the laughs and inside jokes that we all now have, and just for being so supportive to each and every one of us throughout the week.. To MTC-w staff, organisers and to Michelle Weswaldi, thank you for giving me and my sisters this opportunity and for organising this event because it takes a lot of planning and preparation to pull off something like this. And last of all to my family, friends, community and province of Alberta, thank you so much for your continuous support, votes and donations to help me get to where I am today! We’re just a few short hours away from finals and me and my pageant sisters couldn’t be more excited! Stay tuned on all my social media to see how the night goes.

-Xara 

 

 

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The last day- such a bittersweet feeling. I am so beyond grateful for this week, I met so many amazing girls and learned so much about each and every one of them. They are all so beautiful inside and out, which made this experience so incredibly amazing. The sad part is, that after tonight, some of us will never see one another again. The girl who gets crowned Miss Teenage Canada 2020 will be 100% deserving, and I can say it with confidence as everyone is unique and has a special gift to offer.
I’d like to thank everyone who supported me. From my sponsors, coaches, friends, pageant sisters and family. I am more grateful than you know.
Most importantly, I want to thank my parents. My mom has been my right and left arm since day one, and this would never be possible without her. My dad is also the biggest support and wants to make whatever I want to do possible… I am such a lucky girl! Thank you.

Lastly, I just wanted to show gratitude towards this whole experience. For the past 6 months my life has been insane. So many opportunities have arose recently, and it’s all thanks to MTC.

Being Miss Teenage Central Alberta has been such an honour, and being able to share my passion for improvement of teens mental health was my dream. I can’t wait to see what’s next in store!

lots of love,

Sophia Lia

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Day 4&5 of MTC 2020!

The past couple of days have gone by in a flash and I’m finally realizing that tonight is the last night I spend with my roommates and that tomorrow is my last day with my pageant sisters before we part our ways and go back home. Day 4 was our preliminaries show, and it went absolutely fantastic! Me and my sisters had so much fun getting the opportunity to  speak on behalf of our platforms, walk on stage, and share our talents last night! Everyone did so amazing and I am so proud of each and every one of them. Today me and my pageant sisters spend the day practicing and perfecting our walks, dances, and speeches for our final show tomorrow! I cannot wait to see what tomorrow has in store for my pageant sisters and me! Stay tuned for details about our last 24 hours at MTC 2020! 

-Xara

Me and my pageant sisters all ready to compete in our swimwear competition.

 

 

Me at the podium to speak on behalf of my platform, Children and Adolescent Mental Health.

Me and these amazing ladies at rehearsal for our final night!

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Ready for our Swimsuit Preliminary competition!

As the week comes to an end I can’t help but look back and feel grateful, blessed, and fulfilled with kindness and love! This not only week but the entire journey getting me here today is something I will never forget and be forever grateful for how I have grown and the impact I have been able to leave. Today we were asked what our favorite part of the week was (I think this was one of the hardest parts of the week lol!) It was so hard to choose I had a blast! All the delegates across Canada are so sweet and I love them all so much.

Having fun with my amazing roommates!

It was really cool getting to learn unique things about each girl and watching them shine their beauty within themselves out. I think I had the coolest roommates in the world though! The way we all connected and immediately bonded was amazing it’s going to be sad to leave my girls tomorrow when we all part our ways to go home! I don’t know what I did to deserve such amazing roommates and delegates across Canada that I am so blessed to not only call friends but who will be my pageant sisters forever! I know that I have made true friends this past week; we may be apart in distance but we will never be apart in heart!

Having fun TreeTop Trekking with my pageant sister Emily!

Yesterday was our preliminary show where we competed in swimsuit, interview, platform, and talent! Today we did rehearsals all-day and had a great time hanging out and enjoying our last moments of the week together! Today is the final show and I can’t believe it’s finally here. Instead of being sad that it’s over, I’m going to be happy that it happened. This has been probably the best week of my life and I have truly fully enjoyed every moment of this crazy ride! I can’t wait to see what the future holds

Ready for supper!

and see who the next Miss Teenage Canada 2020 is going to be out of all the beautiful delegates that I am blessed to call my sister!

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I cannot BELIEVE that today was our second last day at Miss Teenage Canada! Today was a lot of hard work but a total blast! We got to learn our super cool opening number with our incredible choreographer Shawn Cuffie who put up with my two left dancing feet. I may have blisters, but I have a heart full of excitement. We also had our great chaperone Marc take us to get beaver tails after dinner and share in a circle our thoughts about this week. There was quite a consensus–it was amazing. We all shared how appreciative we were of the incredible friendships we had made. I honestly didn’t expect to make so many friends SO quickly while here, but this was a group of unique and incredible girls that I am so happy to share the stage with tomorrow.

Since this is my last daily blog post before crowning, I just wanted to shout some people out. Firstly my amazing family who supported me through all this, and my sponsors like Keylime Athletics and the Dress Lounge. I would also like to thank Angeline and the team from Bells and Bows Bridal for providing me my dream gown that I cannot wait to wear tomorrow and all of my great friends back home. I would also like to give a big virtual hug to all the other amazing girls I met this week especially my incredible roomate Vanessa for supporting me so much this week and to our chaperones Marc and Sami who made us feel so welcome from the moment we arrived at the airport. I would also like to thank the reigning MTC Emma for being the best role model and support to all of us.

No matter what happens tomorrow, I love you all and I am beyond thankful to Michelle Weswaldi and MTC-MWC for making this possible.

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Prelims yesterday! Probably the trickiest but also the most fun day so far. First, we got to learn some awesome choreography for the morning, then go to do our highly anticipated interviews! We then got ready for the show at night, where we got to share our platforms with the judges, walk in swimwear, and compete in talent. My feet are sore but the night was so much fun. It’s all seeming so real and the week is going by too fast! Rehersals to come!

 

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Day 3 of MTC!

Day 3 of MTC 2020 was our activity day and it was an absolute blast! We woke up super early to eat breakfast and get to our first activity of the day, Treetop Trekking! Treetop Trekking is a course filled with ziplines, tight ropes, and various obstacle courses. Me and my pageant sisters had so much spending the morning adventuring and challenging ourselves! The rest of the day we spent at the lake and mini golfing on our resort, which was so much fun! The lake was super warm, and had a tubing ride which me and some of the other delegates rode! My group and another group had a competition to see who could stay on theirs the longest but of course Mark, one of our chaperons, decided to rig the competition and told the lifeguards to flip us off the tube on purpose! We then went golfing which was a blast, and then headed back to our room to get ready for our formal dinner! The formal dinner was amazing and it was so great to see everyone all dressed up! We even got to meet Emma, Miss Teenage Canada 2019 and got to ask her some questions about her experience throughout her competition and reign! Today was one to remember and I cannot wait for tomorrow’s prelims! Have an amazing night everyone!

Me and Sophia, Miss Teenage Central Alberta, ziplining!

Mini Golfing!

Eating some delicious Beaver Tails!

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The past 3 days at Miss Teenage Canada have been absolutely incredible. I am so lucky to have gotten Janaya and Zara as roommates, although there is an age difference it hasn’t kept us from bonding even slightly. For the majority of the day it is “go, go, go”, so we really enjoy any downtime we can spend together. Day 3 was especially busy, leaving me a bit tired while writing this. After waking up we began getting ready for the day’s first activity: Treetop Trekking. I have a minor fear of heights so I honestly was not sure exactly how well I would handle the course, honestly I surprised myself. At the very top of the second course I began to feel uneasy, in response I steadied myself and took deep, calming breaths. I was still able to complete all four of the courses, and I am very glad I did! It was such a fun experience, I would definitely do something similar again but probably stick a bit closer to the ground! After we completed our time at Treetop Trekking, we to the dining hall for lunch then prepared for the next activity.

Zara(left), Me, Sophia Lia(Right)

Our second set of activities included swimming at the lake, going on the floaty-hotdog-rocket, and playing mini golf! As fun as I found the activities, what I found most enjoyable was the conversations with the other delegates. The lake was an excellent opportunity to get to know each other better, one that I was able to take advantage of. I was especially interested in the different worldview’s we all had. Where one grows up and who their influences are have a significant impact on what they believe, and this group of girls is a great example. What I find especially interesting is that despite our various beliefs, we all still get along amazing. This just shows how different the environment is from a place like school. Although our values and ideals are different, we are still able to have respectful conversations. I am very thankful for this, I am able to learn about other’s views and why they have them. I personally have been raised to see situations from many different perspectives as a result of the various views in my family and my ancestors. The conversations that occurred today will hopefully give me a new insight into situations I face in the future and help me to make more educated decisions.

That evening was our “fancy dinner”, so after the lake we all headed back to our rooms to prepare. At dinner we officially met Miss Teenage Canada 2019, Emma Jeapes. It was amazing to have the opportunity to ask her our questions and also hear about her experiences. The greatest advice Emma gave to us was to have fun and enjoy every moment we spend here. I can say with zero doubt that this is what I have been living by this week. There have been numerous “hiccups” for me so far this week, but in that moment there really isn’t much I can do. What is important is that I do not get hung up on these uncontrollable occurrences, but move on and make the most out of it.

With my time here at Miss Teenage Canada half over, and the actual competition just beginning I know that I much appreciate every second. Regardless of the outcome on Saturday night, every delegate will be gaining something. Ultimately you will only get as much out of it as you put in,  so at this point I am diving right in. There are still many delegates I would love to get to know better, aside form the actual competition this will be my priority in the final days!

 

Until next time,

Kealey Atkinson

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The ropes to courage

Yesterday was our activity day where we went to Treetop Trekking, Mini-golfing, and swimming it was a really fun but hard day! Through it all, I learned a very valuable lesson, the lesson of courage. I realized courage isn’t being fearless, courage is being afraid and doing it anyway. I came to this realization while we were Treetop Trekking, for most of the games I was confident and ready for any challenge, for others I got scared a part of me wanted to call out for help or get down. I was scared of falling as I was walking across this thin wire from 1 tree to the next. I was more scared of failing more than I was of falling this was my drive for my courage. With each step I took, I was shaking and scared but with each step, I took a breath and said to myself 1 more step until I made it to the end. I realized courage is grace under pressure. I plan to keep up this courage and imply it to my

Treetop Trekking!

performance and interview today for the preliminary competition and in life in general. This gives me the confidence to go for more dreams and just do it knowing if I have the courage the way I did yesterday I am truly capable of my wildest dreams!

Getting ready to go to Treetop Trekking!

Ready for our fancy supper!

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