I am so proud to say that I am your new Miss Teenage Ottawa 2017!
Imagine this; just 2 months ago, I was like any other 13-year old girl going to school who had interests in English and Drama. I was just enjoying my days by spending time with my friends and being active with sports. Until one Saturday morning, I walk downstairs, while having my dog, Rocky following me to the kitchen. As I walk into the kitchen, I see two sheets of paper that have the “Miss Teenage Canada” logo on it at the top and both papers require personal information. I had heard about the “Miss Teenage Canada Pageant” the year before but was too young to apply. Anyways, as I have the papers in my hands, I’m slightly shaking and I’m smiling to myself. I call my dad (since both my parents were at work that day) and he already knew what I was calling about, and he said “And do you wanna do it?” as for a second, I go speechless and I am having so many thoughts crossing my mind. Some thoughts I was having were like, “This seems like a great experience” (which I was right about). I also had a thought “Will I fall on the stage when I’m walking in my heels?” as I was thinking that, I laughed a little. It took me 2 days to decide if I should send in my application, even though there wasn’t much to think about because I knew it would be something that I would enjoy doing. So, we had sent in the papers and I had my interview. After 2 days, I get the e-mail saying “Congratulations”! I screamed when I read that e-mail, my heart was pounding so much in joy and slight shock.
Fast forwarding to the pageant; The pageant took place in Toronto (Jan 21-22). I walk into the hotel on Friday, holding my pup, Rocky in my hands while my parents get the cards to our room. We finally get to the room and unpack, that night I went to bed around 11:30 pm.
Saturday – 10:00 am: Practice Starts
I had to sign in and while I did that, I met Michele Weswaldi who was very nice. Once I finished with signing in, I went and sat down in the room that some girls were already in. I met many girls who were in the pageant competing with me, they were so nice. I met Shawn, who taught us how to properly walk in heels. I had also met Hollywood, who taught us the opening dance. The practice lasted about 8 hours and had 2 hours which included the “Bathing Suit Segment” and my “Interview”.
Sunday – 10:00am
I had a practice that day for about 10 hours with on and off breaks, followed with a 3-hour pageant. My feet started to hurt a little because I wore the heels for 14 hours, even on my breaks.
Finally came along the pageant, we had many things to do and there were so many things to remember like how to walk, what was the dance, where I was supposed to go and what things I needed to say. The pageant was great itself, but the crowning moment was the best part! All of the girls (including myself) were standing in rows waiting for the crowning moment of the pageant to start. I was in the second row, on the very end. Before the crowning actually started, there were some things disregarded about when we had our interviews and what we have to do if we did get crowned. Then, there it was, the moment we all were waiting for. They started calling up the numbers (my number was 13), I didn’t expect much but I knew that I worked hard and did my best. To my surprise, they called my number. I looked at the bright lights above me and picked up my dress so it would be a little easier to walk. I started walking toward the middle of the stage with a smile on my face. I was so happy and so overwhelmed with the joy, it was honestly the best thing in my life! I was so proud of myself and what I had accomplished. I did my stand, smiling at the crowd of people that we’re seated, I walked to the right side of the stage to stand with the rest of the girls! It was such a great experience!
Now some facts about me:
I was born in a small town in Poland. I was raised in Ottawa since I was 1 and a half years old. I’m an only child, living with my mom, dad and Toy Poodle x Chihuahua x Yorkie dog, Rocky. I love animals very much. I enjoy swimming, playing soccer and basketball. I love helping out as much as I can so I will be doing lots of volunteer work!
I hope you learned a little about me and the wonderful experience I have had and I can’t wait to share with you all about the events I attend! I’ll be reading the comments often so I’m excited to see what your thoughts and opinions are on the things I share with you! If you wish to do so, you can follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram !
Miss Teenage Ottawa 2017