My name is Jenna and I am 18 years old. This summer I was honoured to be first runner up for Miss Teenage Alberta and crowned Miss Teenage Woodlands County 2021. I’m so excited to be heading to Ontario to compete at the Miss Teenage Canada 2021 finals in a few weeks!
When I was 11, I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and my life changed forever. The impact diabetes can have on a youth’s confidence and mental health can be devastating. I want to make a difference in helping other teens with diabetes, (or any medical condition really) overcome feelings of embarrassment, inadequacy or shame when dealing with their disease while also trying to be normal happy kids. That’s why I decided to become a JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) Youth Ambassador promoting Confidence and Mental Health in Youth with Diabetes. Over the course of the next 12 months you will find me using my Miss Teenage Woodland’s County title to promote this as my platform and I look forward to encouraging all of you to join me at various events such as the Sunlife Walk to Cure Diabetes!
Something I place great importance on are athletics and education. I just finished grade 12 with honours and have been accepted into the University of Alberta working towards a career in Law. I currently play competitive soccer with the Spruce Grove Saints U19 team. I also played on my high school’s Sr. Varsity Volleyball team as well as my local club volleyball team. Being a part of a team taught me how to work towards a desired goal as a group and that it results in great outcomes and relationships! This summer I had an amazing opportunity to fly to Ontario to coach youth soccer camps for all of July. In August I’ll be back in Alberta both coaching camps and playing on my own team. Coaching has been an enlightening experience and I’ve learned so much! I got to teach wonderful kids my favourite sport and got to give back to a sport I love.
Travelling, both locally and internationally is a passion of mine. One of my favorite places that I’ve been to is Japan. I had the honour of being chosen to be a Youth Ambassador for the Whitecourt – Yubetsu Friendship Society. I was given the opportunity to travel to Japan for 2 weeks to represent youths in my hometown. I stayed with a host family and went to school with the local kids while learning all about their culture. When in Canada, I spend much of my time in the majestic Rocky Mountains. Whether hiking, skiing or cliff jumping I go as often as I can in all seasons. Taking the time to get in touch with nature and unplug from social media helps me to refocus, rejuvenate and reset.
I want to thank my family, friends and community who have supported me on this journey we call life. My amazing team at the Stollery Children’s Hospital who made sure that I was educated and capable of doing anything I wanted to, (like going to Japan for 2 weeks), my family for putting up with my crazy hectic schedule and for always supporting me in anything I want to pursue, my friends for always showing me the light side of things and my entire community for supporting my various fundraisers, events and endeavors. I would not be where I am today without my “village”, so thank you and I promise to pay it forward! Talk soon!
Miss Teenage Woodlands County 2021