Welcomes to the retelling of the craziest week of my life!

Although the week begins on Monday by week didn’t start until Tuesday. I took a trip with my wonderful parent to the University of Toronto to see the campus that I’l be attending in the fall. I am hoping to pursue a degree in international studies to prepare for a masters in international law. I hope to one day work for the United Nations and help people around the world.

Anyways, the Toronto Campus is a sight to be seen! It is an absolutely wonderful place. I honestly feel like I’m going to Hogwarts!

Here I am (left) with the three other finalists from Provincials. Funny story, I actually woke up the morning of and realized I had forgotten my costumes back in Ottawa. The costume I am wearing in the photo was something I threw together at a local Walmart.

My parents and I then drove down to Peterborough where on Wednesday I competed in the Ontario Music Festival. This is the provincial finals for the Kiwanis Music Festival. I sang two songs; “Don’t Tell Mama” from Cabaret and “Whispering” from Spring Awakening. I have aways loved singing dark songs; songs that have meaning to them and Whispering was definitely one of those songs. I don’t know if any of you have ever seen/heard of Spring Awakening but it is a very dark show with a very powerful message about what happens when you don’t educate children.

I ended up making it to the semi-finals and winning third place! I was ecstatic! I had been to provincials before but never had I done so well.

I came back on Thursday to a full day of lessons, theory and planning for my event on the following Saturday.

Here I am (middle) on Rogers Daytime with city councillor Rick Chiarelli (left) and Queen Elsa from Princess Dream Parties (right).

Here I am (middle) on Rogers Daytime with city councillor Rick Chiarelli (left) and Queen Elsa from Princess Dream Parties (right).

Friday I attended 3 events; the first event was at 10am. I appeared on Rogers Daytime T.V to help promote Ottawa Welcomes Summer, a charity event I was holding for Fort McMurray and Free the Children.

My next appearance came at 4pm where I travelled to the outskirts of Ottawa; Stitsville. There I got the opportunity to view a new private international school opening called ZIDA Academy. I was interviewed there by a local reporter for the Stitsville local newspaper.

Here I am (left) with Sheng Lan (right) co-owner of the new private international school Zida Academy.

Here I am (left) with Sheng Lan (right) co-owner of the new private international school Zida Academy.

Here with two of the other hosts form Wesfest. Thanks again for having me tag along.

Here with two of the other hosts form Wesfest. Thanks again for having me tag along.

My final appearance took me back out to Westboro (where I was for Rogers Daytime) for Westfest. There I had the opportunity to make a small speech about my title, platform and my event the next day for Fort McMurray/Free the Children. I also got to introduce one of the acts. Funny enough the act I was introducing, magician Ryne Stone, also happened to be making an appearance at my event the next day. I also got to meet up with Rock the Arts puppet show. I had seen their amazing show a few years back when I was at Canterbury High School as one of the founders of Rock The Arts went to Canterbury!

Here I am with on of the members of Rock the arts! Photo bombed by the amazing puppeteer, Sarah Argue.

Here I am with on of the members of Rock the Arts! Photo bombed by the amazing puppeteer, Sarah Argue.

My final event on Friday wasn’t really an appearance as Miss Teenage Ottawa, although I didn’t have a chance to take off the crown or sash so in a way it kind of was. I went to Red Lobster to meet my cousin Peter who was visiting all the way form France! What a treat and he even stayed the next day to help with my event. A big shout out to Peter if you’re reading this for all of your help!

Saturday started, as I expected, very busy. I was getting all of the last minute arrangements for my event Ottawa Welcomes Summer. The event was great! We had a a lot of volunteers, sil

I'm here (middle left) with Wolverine (left), Anna (middle right) and Elsa (right). This is my squad!

I’m here (middle left) with Wolverine (left), Anna (middle right) and Elsa (right) from Princess Dream Parties. This is my squad!

ent auction items, great shows and tons of food for the concession (generously donated by Boston Pizza and Crispy’s Chicken). Another great shout out to city councillor Rick Chiarelli for all of you’re help and support with this amazing event! We had games and princesses from Little Princess Party Fun and Princess Dream Parties. We also managed to get Wolverine, Rogue and Prof X from the Montreal X-Men thanks to a generous donation from a woman named Carmen who I met at RBC. Big shout out to Carmen if you are reading this!

Loved having Prof X at Ottawa Welcomes Summer.

Loved having Prof X at Ottawa Welcomes Summer.

Watch out Wolverine, I'm a speed demon!

Watch out Wolverine, I’m a speed demon!

Next I attended an event for Hippo in the Bathtub. Hippo in the Bathtub is an amazing swimming lessons business that comes to you. they come to your house to teach your kids swimming or even mermaid lessons. How cool! I loved getting to make balloon animals for all of the kids there (and even teaching some of the instructors how to make them). Big shout out to Natalya for all her amazing planning!

Finally on Saturday I got to teach my very last lesson to two of my favourite students, Kaitlyn and Marilyn. Kaitlyn and Marilyn were both singing the next day at their end of the year recital and were super excited but also very nervous.

When Sunday came around I got to first attend and event at the Ottawa Archives Building for Ottawa’s Open Doors event. I sang some songs for the kids and made some more balloon animals (I love doing that for kids!).

Here is one of my students playing the accordion after performing her musical theatre number Popular. Way to go Kaitlyn! What a multitalented girl!

Here is one of my students playing the accordion after performing her musical theatre number Popular. Way to go Kaitlyn! What a multitalented girl!

Next I ran off to my students recital where I got the chance to MC as Miss Teenage Ottawa. I got to watch all o my students perform and boy was I proud of how hard they had all worked.

Finally it was time to head off to my recital. I was singing 3 songs at my recital to help prepare me for my grade 9 RCM Music Examination.

Sunday night I finally got to rest. Can’t wait for next weekend! How was your weekend? Tell me some of your crazy stories.

Cheers,

Samantha

Miss Teenage Ottawa 2016

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