There I stood, on the stage, in front of my friends and family, holding the hands of two of my many beautiful new friends, waiting to see who would become a finalist in the Miss Teenage Canada competition. So many girls were being called forth and receiving their crowns, all the while I was in the back row nervously waiting, wondering, “Am I next?” Little did I know, I was. I heard Michelle call out, “Your next finalist is… Number 15!” And when she smiled back at me, I was struck with amazement. I saw former Miss Teenage Alberta come up to me with the gorgeous crystal crown and bouquet and I knew that I was in for an amazing journey. Who knew that me, a small town girl, could win a title with only one week to prepare. And, yes, I mean a single week.

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The week I had to get ready was a blur. I needed a gown, shoes, a bathing suit, a black cocktail dress, a biography, and I needed to fund-raise for the provincial charity of choice, Cardiac Kids, in such a small amount of time! I didn’t know how I was going to do it!

Believe it or not, being in a small town actually helped me get ready faster. It helped me to know everyone because, with out them, I couldn’t have done the competition. I borrowed a gorgeous grad dress from an amazing girl who used to dance at my studio, I borrowed a black cocktail dress from my best friend, and I managed to raise $200.00 for Cardiac Kids! I really would like to thank everyone who helped me get where I am right now.

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 (Photo credit to Miss Teenage South Western Alberta 2016)

 This is such an amazing opportunity and I am so honoured to be able to take part in it.

Whats up for me next, you ask?

I have a few months to fund-raise as much as I can and then I’m off to compete in the national pageant this summer in Toronto. I am beyond excited, not only to be in Toronto competing for the glorious title ‘Miss Teenage Canada 2016’, but also to meet many beautiful girls from around the country.

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So what is there to know about me?

I am a 15 year old girl in grade 10 and I love making new friends. I am really passionate about dance, as I have been a dancer for most of my life and, this year, I even started volunteering at my local studio as a student teacher. At our many competitions, I help keep my girls (and our only boy) together and I help relieve their nerves. I also love animals (especially my cat :P). Many of my friends would say that I excel at school, as well. I have been on the honour roll for 6 years in a row! I am also a very athletic person. I used to be a competitive gymnast, I am currently a competitive dancer, I enjoy playing volley ball and badminton, and I also enjoy multiple water sports such as wake-boarding. There is one thing, however, that I only recently started doing, as well as loving. I am proud to say that I love being a pageant girl 🙂

One of my strongest beliefs is that self confidence is the most important trait a person can have. Self confidence is a trait that helps a person to be happier and more successful in life. I would love to help children learn self confidence skills and be the best they can be, and to have the happiness that they deserve.

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(Photo credit to Meghan Wels from Star News)

I can’t wait to talk to everyone next! I will see you soon <3

Wishing you all the best, from yours truly;

Teneille 🙂

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