Today was very busy! We woke up bright and early and headed straight to hair and makeup by Motives Cosmetics. This was a fairly lengthy process as you could imagine it would be with 56 girls. The reason we were getting our makeup professionally done is because we had video shoot, photo shoot and interview. I enjoyed all of them and while waiting to go into each I had a good time getting to know all of the girls. I was especially nervous for the interview, but as soon as I got there I was completely calm. The judges were extremely nice which definitely helped!

Tomorrow is Breakfast TV and we have to get up at 3;30am!

Wish me luck,

Sierra

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Today I got up at 5am and finished packing all of my last minute things, ensuring I didn’t forget my crown and sash! I traveled to the airport with my family and met up with Natasha Dupasquier, she holds the title of Miss Teen Central Plains (we attended a few appearances together). We were on the 9am flight bound for Toronto! It was all very exciting and nerve racking, I had no idea what to expect.

When we got off of the plane we were greated by one of our chaperones, Courtney Mandock (previous titleholder in Manitoba). So it was nice to see a familiar smiling face! She loaded us and all of our luggage into the bus and we came to our hotel rooms. This is where I met my roommate Hannah Costa. We became friends instantly and shared a lot of the same interests. In the afternoon we were given time to unpack and gather our thoughts before heading off to the Welcoming Party! This is where I met all of the other aspiring Miss Teenage Canada’s for the very first time. As you could expect, they were all wonderful and it didn’t take long before everyone was having a great time. This is also where we met our first sponsors, Golden Glamour Goddesses, Motives Cosmetics and HI-TEC footwear!

  

Thanks everyone!

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As you all know, I am attending the Miss Teenage Canada Pageant (www.missteenagecanada.com) in less than a weeks time! I have given you all the information on that pageant so I would like to take this opportunity to give you an insight on its “sister” competition called Top Model Search Canada (www.topmodelsearchcanada.com). If you are pursuing a dream of becoming a model then this is the perfect opportunity for you!

Top Model Search Canada (www.topmodelsearchcanada.com) looks for girls who have personality, drive, intelligence, along with inner and outer beauty. You don’t need to have any prior experience, or have any professional photos done; you just need to be between the ages of 17-26 and you must be 5’7” or over!

Being in this pageant can open many doors and opportunities. You will build confidence, poise, and learn all about the modelling industry. You will make friends while learning all the qualities of being a successful model. Besides model training you will attend workshops and meet industry professionals such as agents, models, makeup and hair stylists, photographers, voice coaches and more.

Being a winner of Top Model Search Canada (www.topmodelsearchcanada.com) you will receive a prize package of over $15,000. You will represent Canada at international competitions such as Miss Supranational, Top Model of the World and Miss Supermodel International. You will be featured in magazines, TV and be a guest at red carpet events. And many other awesome things!

I wish all the girls competing in this pageant the best of luck and hope you can accomplish all of your goals!

Thanks for reading,

 

Sierra

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Today there are numerous teen Pageants out there. The largest Teen Competition (http://www.missteenagecanada.com/about-mtcw/company-profile) in Canada is owned by MTC-W Inc. and Produced by Michelle Weswaldi (http://www.missteenagecanada.com/about-mtcw/meet-the-team). This is the pageant I will be taking part in. There are many competitions using the name Miss Teen Canada (www.missteenagecanada.com) but they are not produced by the same company. MTC-W is the largest Canadian teen competition closest to Miss Teen USA. The original Miss Teen Canada (www.missteenagecanada.com) pageant ran from 1969 to 1990 when it was shut down due to financial concerns. It was much similar to the pageant I will be attending. Its primary focus was personality and involvement in community service. The event was a national tradition, televised on CTV and it has always been held in Toronto, Ontario. It was owned by Cleo Productions for majority of the years it ran and one of the major sponsors was A&W Drive-Ins.

From a very young age I would watch the Miss Teen USA pageant and always thought how awesome it would be to compete in something like that. Then I found the Miss Teenage Canada Pageant (www.missteenagecanada.com)! This pageant began in 2008 and the first winner was Katie Starke. In a few short weeks I will have the opportunity to compete for the title of Miss Teenage Canada (www.missteenagecanada.com). I think this is the best pageant for me because it encourages involvement in community and around the world. Through being in philanthropy I know a bit about volunteering and this pageant will help me to grow and expand my knowledge of volunteering on a local and even global level. I applied for Miss Teenage Canada Pageant (http://www.missteenagecanada.com/become-mtcw/apply-now) because I saw the Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/MissTeenageCanada) and thought it would be a great opportunity for me!

The Miss Teenage Canada Pageant (www.missteenagecanada.com) is the only pageant to hold provincial pageants. There is a few girls that are selected from the provincial pageant to move forward to Nationals. The winner of Miss Teenage Canada (www.missteenagecanada.com) is awarded a bigger crown, a trip with Me to We, a cash prize, an opportunity to compete in Miss Teen Universe and many other awesome experiences. Delegates in the Miss Teenage Canada competition(www.missteenagecanada.com) are given many opportunities such as interviews with Breakfast Television and Much Music, media exposure, public speaking workshops, and a chance to meet new people and make new friends! Something that I am really looking forward to is the celebrity judging panel, this year we will have Luke Bylik, Sarah Fisher, Belinda Kiriakou, Christina Cravero and many other talented and inspiring people judging us. My goal is to be the first crowned Miss Teenage Canada from my province, Manitoba!

Each delegate is responsible for raising adequate funds for an organization called Free The Children. Free The Children is an international charity that believes in a world where all children are free to achieve their fullest potential. They work domestically through an event hosted across Canada and USA called We Day. I have personally attended We Day and it has definitely opened my eyes and informed me of what children are put through in third-world countries. Free The Children informs, educates, engages and empowers youth to become active local and global citizens. Through their program “Adopt a Village” they work to remove barriers to education and to empower communities to break the cycle of poverty.

   

Being involved in the provincial pageant has given me confidence, self-esteem, and a stronger sense of how to present myself to the public, whether it is speaking in front of crowds or just helping at a local charity event. I have always been actively involved in my own community but after I received my title I have been given opportunities to branch out and help other communities in need. One of my main focuses in preparation for Miss Teenage Canada (www.missteenagecanada.com) has been to raise money for Free The Children. This foundation has done many amazing things and has inspired me to become a an activist on a more global level.

I am so excited to take part in the Miss Teenage Canada competition (www.missteenagecanada.com) and would be honoured to carry that title. Through this experience I hope not only to become Miss Teenage Canada (www.missteenagecanada.com), but more importantly to enhance and refine personal attributes such as self-esteem, public speaking abilities and confidence which will be of assistance in many aspects of my life. Through this process I hope that I will develop a better understanding of who I am and how I can personally make a difference in my community and around the world.

Thanks for reading!

 

Sierra

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Hi everyone! My name is Sierra, and I am honoured to carry the title of Miss Teenage Southern Manitoba 2014! Here on my blog I will be posting information about myself along with all of the exciting upcoming events I am so lucky to be a part of.

I was born in Tampa, FL and at the age of 6 I moved to Sperling, MB. Being part of a small town has opened many doors and given me many opportunities. I am currently in 12th grade at Carman Collegiate and will be graduating on June 24. For the past four years I have been an active leader in my school philanthropy group. This has enabled me to learn what it means to give back to my community. Apart from my school philanthropy group I have volunteered at various events such as the Alzheimer’s Society Dinner, MS Walkathon, and Suicide Awareness Day. In school I have been very involved in sports and was held the title of team captain of the varsity volleyball team this year. After graduation I plan to go traveling through parts of Europe then make my way over to Thailand to volunteer. Traveling has always been a big part of my life and I enjoy experiencing new cultures and traditions. Following my return from traveling I plan to enroll in a business degree to pursue future dreams of becoming an event planner.

Here I will give you an insight on my platform. My platform supports a foundation called Girls Inc. The main focus of this foundation is to inspire girls to be strong, smart and bold. Girls Inc. runs programs that encourage girls to take risks and overcome physical, intellectual and emotional challenges. Girls Inc. is a foundation that I think will help women to overcome their insecurities and be who they aspire to be. There is so much pressure on girls of all ages to look and act a certain way and this foundation breaks that cycle and allows girls to express themselves in their own way.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Miss Teen Canada-World pageant for giving me this opportunity. My journey has hardly begun and I am already having the time of my life. I have met some awesome girls at provincials who share the same values and interests as myself. I’m so excited to be attending Nationals in July to meet all of the amazing people who are involved with this pageant. I would also like to take this time to thank my current sponsors and those who are in the process of considering sponsorship. I am looking forward to everything this pageant has to offer and am excited to meet everyone!

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Much love,

 

Sierra!

 

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Well the time has finally come. Tonight, March 17th, I will hand off my title to another lucky girl. Manitoba will hMiss Teen Manitoba-World 2012opefully have a new Miss Teen Southern Manitoba-World! I remember my crowning moment, and how excited I was to become part of the MTC-W family. It is a bittersweet time for me, realizing that a year full of personal accomplishments and new experiences is finally coming to a close. Throughout my year as a titleholder, I feel as I’ve learned so much about myself and the world around me. I’m proud of the person I’ve become within the past year, and look forward to seeing how  I grow in the future.

My Favorite Event

I can’t say goodbye without mentioning my favorite event as a titleholder. I Fundraisinghad many fun ones throughout my reign, however the Bowl-A-Thon I organized through Rossmere Lanes will forever stick in my mind as the best event I planned out. Although there were only 15 people in attendance, it was night full of fun, bowling and laughter that I won’t soon forget. By charging $15 per ticket and having a silent auction, I was able to raise over $200 for Free The Children in one night!

Friends I’ve Made

To all the girls that are crowned tonight, be ready for a crazy (in a good way) week in Toronto. You’ll see tourist attractions and be on television, but above all, meet some amazing people. ThrouMTC-W 2012gh the MTC-W experience I’ve made some great friendships with people across Canada! From Newfoundland to British Columbia, I’m happy to hold good relationships with so many of the girls. If I could only give one piece of advice for the upcoming titleholders, it would be to go into Nationals with an open mind. Despite popular belief, 99.9% of the girls aren’t catty, and almost every girl has never been in a pageant before! With so many genuine, beautiful girls, I’ve decided that I would never want to be a judge on Finals night… It would simply be too hard to choose!

Where do I go from here? 

Although my reign is coming to a close, I still have many things to look forward to in my future. I happen to be graduating from West Kildonan Collegiate this year, with an amazing group of peers that I’m glad to be a part of! In the fall I’m headed off to the University of Winnipeg, with aspirations of becoming a journalist for BBC London News, as in my fourth year of school I have an opportunity to intern there. I’ve always had people tell me that I should choose a more solid career path, however writing for a career is something I have always dreamed of doing. You don’t make the big bucks unless you work somewhere such as BBC, National Geographic or CNN, however I am willing to take that risk. As Bill Cosby once said, “In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.”

 Don’t say goodbye yet

The Miss Teen Canada-World experience has been a truly memorable experience. As I didn’t win the overall title of the province, if I wish to do so I’m eligible to compete again. Being as for next year’sMTC-W 2014 pageant I’ll be eighteen turning nineteen, it will be my final year to participate. As this point and time in my life, I am planning on competing again. By taking this one year hiatus to improve the healthiness of my body, the eloquent nature of my speech and overall package, I do believe I will posses the qualities needed of a provincial (and hopefully National) titleholder. Having been through the competition once already, the competitive person inside of me hopes that it would give me a slight leg-up in the competition the second time around! Who knows where I’ll stand a year from now, but for right now, all I’m saying is that you may have not seen the last of Devon Shewchuk yet!

Good luck 2013 delegates 

To all the Manitoban delegates competing in this weekend’s pageant, good luck to you all. You are all beautiful inside and out, and I’m so happy to have met you yesterday! I remember feeling nervous, being in your shoes almost one year ago. Here are two simple rules that will hopefully make the whole experience more enjoyable:

  1. BE YOURSELF! I know this sound cliche, but the judges aren’t looking for a specific “type” of girl. You could see an example of this through the past three Miss Teen Canada-World titleholders. Channing Smendziuk, MTC-W 2010 (Manitoba represent)! is a brunette who does ballet. Lauren Howe, MTC-W 2011 is a blonde who plays field hockey. Our most recent winner, Megha Sandhu is East Indian in descent, and did stand-up comedy as her talent. As long as you are confident in who you are as a person, the judges will notice this and see all your other amazing qualities shine through.
  2. HAVE FUN! Looking back, the Miss Teen Manitoba-World pageant was one of my most fond memories to date. Although it is a competition, don’t let that stop you from having fun, making friends with the other delegates, as well as memories to last a lifetime. Embrace this experience for all it’s worth, as I’m sure by now you realize that the weekend goes by very quickly!

Thank You

Writing my last paragraph as Miss Teen Southern-Manitoba World, for Sponsorsone last time I wanted to thank all the amazing people that have helped me throughout my journey. To my friends and family, thank you for supporting my dreams along the way. To the following sponsors, I thank you. Without the help of your funds and services, there is no way Nationals would have been possible.

Thank you to my readers as well. I have truly enjoyed writing these posts, and I can only dream that you see my writing again someday, but in a larger way. Whether it be my own novel, script, or CNN journalist column, I will continue to pursue my dreams. I can only hope that you will do the same!

Much love,

Devon

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Greetings everyone! MTC-WWith the first set of     MTC-W 2013 delegates being crowned this past weekend, I wanted to take this time and send my warmest wishes to all those reading my blog. 2012 was an amazing year, and I am blessed for many of the things that have occurred in it.

 Europe Trip

Over Spring Break I had the opportunity to travel to Europe with my school; visiting everywhere from London, England to Paris, France. I rode the World’s Largest Ferris Wheel (the London Eye),Europe saw the Changing of the Guard Ceremony at Buckingham Palace, ate gelato in a Parisian Cafe, toured through the Louvre and saw the Mona Lisa, among many other activities. Touring Vimy Ridge, Normandy Beach (where D-Day occurred) and visiting Flanders Fields were all eye-opening experiences as well. Knowing that landmarks such as Big Ben and the Eiffel Tower are only seen on postcards for many in our country, I do feel lucky that I’ve experienced them first hand, and at a young age as well. I hope to go back soon, as Europe Trip was a vacation that I’ll never forget!

Calgary Trip

2012 brought me many other amazing times, such as going on a road trip with my cousins to Calgary so we could visit my Aunt’s newborn baby Kyla! Being only a month old at the time, it was great to cuddle with the latest newborn in the famiCalgaryly. As the last bundle of joy before Kyla was my cousin Cassidy eight years ago, we were all so happy to hear that my Auntie Rene was expecting! Having been my mom and my mom’s twin’s  best friend since grade eight, it’s difficult not to imagine my Auntie Rene as part of the family. Although I only get to see her once or twice a year, we share an extremely close bond. During my trip I truly enjoyed spending time with her, looking after Kyla and going shopping at Tiffany’s in the Chinook Center, as we don’t have one in Manitoba!

 Summer in Gimli

Working in Gimli all summer was a plus as well, as right after work I could walk down the street a hundred feetGimli and be on the beach. From the middle of June until September long weekend, I worked a full time position at Beach Boy Restaurant. The Greek eatery has some of the best food you could find in town! With it being my second summer there, when I walk through the patio doors it truly feels as if I’m right at home. Although sometimes we fought as families do, I always knew I could depend on the people there for a good laugh, great friends and a home-cooked meal. When I wasn’t at work, I spent the days in Gimli with my family and friends on the beach, often taking out the boat and heading off to “Seashell Island”, a hidden away escape that my family came across last year. I love summer, and times in Gimli gave me some of the best memories of 2012!

Swish Model Management

In the beginning of October, I was notified that I had been accepted inSwish Modeling Agencyto a modeling competition put on by Swish Model Management that I had entered a week beforehand. Many people had been turned away, however I and around fifteen other gorgeous guys and girls had been accepted in what turned out to be one of my most favorite memories of 2012! The hopefuls and I went through rigorous training session in order to get us ready for the final show. We took head-shots, learned how to “model walk” among many other things. The final show occurred at Kildonan Place Mall. I didn’t maSwish Modelling Agencyke the top three, but I made so many friends in the process! A grade ten girl Carlee came in first. She was so sweet and said she was simply coming for the experience. Seeing the surprised, jovial look upon her face when her name was called was priceless, and I can truly say that she deserved to win! I hope to maintain the relationship I made with her, the first runner-up Vanessa and many of the other models I met during this delightful time.

Florida Trip

In November, my family and I flew down to Florida and vacationed in a DisnFloridaey World resort. Having never been before, I truly was able to experience “The most magical place on Earth”! I thought I died and went to heaven after visiting Harry Potter’s “Hogwarts” at Universal Studios, which has been a dream of mine since it opened. One of my deepest, darkest secrets being that I’m a crazed Harry Potter fan who collects memorabilia and the works, this was an amazing experience for me. The following day we headed to Disney World’s Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom. After one twelve hour day, we still hadn’t seen eveFloridarything in the parks! As I love thrilling rides, my favorite one at Disney World was Expedition Everest. It was a wooden roller coaster that took you through the Yeti’s cavernous lair. You traveled up a mountain to the edge of a cliff. Seeing the jagged, broken tracks at the end I though we were all going to fly off the cFloridaoaster until it screeched to a halt, and went through the whole ride backwards! Other than that amazing ride, I enjoyed going on an animal safari where I saw elephants, rhinos, zebras, lions and giraffes (My long lost relative) roam throughout their natural habitat that had been created for them! To end off an amazing day, a fireworks show erupted behind the glittering Disney castle at Magic Kingdom around 11pm. It was truly one of the most spectacular sights I’ve ever seen.

Miss Teen Canada-World 2012

And how could I forget my experience at the Miss Teen Canada-World pageant this summMTC-Wer? I feel as I’ve almost exhausted the topic, blogging about this amazing experience so much. My title has brought me so many things. Without it, I never would’ve been allowed to travel across Canada by myself. I wouldn’t have had the motivation to become a healthier “me”.  I’d never meet sMTC-Wtars such as Luke Bilyk, Lights, Jesse Giddings, Victoria Duffield and All-Star Weekend. Sit down and talk with Craig and Mark Kielburger for fifteen minutes about Free the Children, my platform, what more I can do to help change the community and simply, life. Without being crowned Miss Teen Southern Manitoba-World, I wouldn’t have met 62 other beautiful ladies who live from coast-to-coast, or made the friends there that I still keep in touch with every week.

2012 truly treated me well. I feel blessed for the opportunities that’ve come my way, and I will cherish them forever. Since 2012 brought their “A-Game” the question I’m asking is “2013…Did you”?

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Hello everyone, it’s good to be back on here! Due to a broken laptop that had all my pictures on it, I was forced to take a two month hiatus. Now that I’m back on here, I’m looking forward to blogging again. Finally, I’m happy to share my We Day experience with you!

 On October 30th, I had the pleasure of attending We Day Winnipeg 2012! It was an amazing experience, and one that I will not forget for years to come. Having attended We Day last year as a Crowd Pumper, this time I enjoyed being the one getting pumped up, sitting back, and enjoying the show.

What Is We Day?

Before I get into how phenomenal my day was, I thought it’d be bWe DAy 2012est to educate those who aren’t familiar with We Day on what it is. We Day is the call that brings a generation together. We Day is the movement of our time, inspiring a generation to act. Fuelled by the desire for change, and the hope that the world can be a better place, We Day is inspiring. Having only begun in 2007 with one province, over the past five years We Day has snowballed into a nationwide event for elementary, primary and secondary students of all ages. This October 30th, over 18 000 teachers and students gathered in the MTS Centre to mark the second aWe Day 2012nniversary of Winnipeg We Day. This day was full of inspiring speakers and performers such as Spencer West, Molly Burke, All-Star Weekend, Mikhail Goborachev, Victoria Duffield, Massai Warriors, Lights, Hannah Taylor, Shawn Desmond Robb Nash and of course, Mark and Craig Kielburger who are founders of Free The Children, as well as We Day.

The Event

The day started with me getting up at the crack of dawn, in order to get ready for the show. As I’ve been so busy with school, this was the first appearance I had done since the begining of September! One of the perks of being a titleholderWe Day 2012 is that you get special treatment at almost any event you attend. Since the other Manitoban delegates and I all raised money for Free The Children as requirements for the National pageant, we were treated with Honoured Guest seating in a suite close to the stage! There, we received gift bags, a catered lunch and the opportunity to bump into a few of the speakers after the show.

My Favorite Speaker

Although hard to choose, my favorite speaker of the day was Molly Burke. As she began her speech, you realized it was going to be good. With her powerful voice there was no way you could not listen. As she walked around the stage, she told a story of how she was once bullied to a horrible exteWe Day 2012nt. She had broken her ankle weeks before, and was still on crutches. One day, the “popular kids” asked if she wanted to go on a walk with them. Giddy with excitement, Molly agreed. Once they reached the top of a hill, someone pushed Molly. She tumbled down the hill and lost her crutches. As she lay in the bushes below, the kids laughed. One girl even thought it’d be funny to break her crutches and throw them away! Molly was found later, feeling miserable and abandoned. At this point in her story, Molly stopped. She said, “Imagine feeling all the emotion, pain, (etc..) that I did. Now imagine if on top of that, you were blind”. I was shocked. By the way she walked around the stage and connected with the audience, I never would’ve guessed that Molly was blind! You heard everyone in the audience gasp at this revelation. She continued to tell her story, and spoke of how in the end the experience only made her stronger. She’s an amazing person, and I’m so happy to have had the opportunity to hear her speak.

My Favorite Performance

My favorite performance of the day was by All-Star Weekend. Previous to them coming on stage, a We Day Coordinator came up to our suite and asked us if wWe Day 2012e’d like to come sit front row for the final performance. Of course, we said yes! After bringing us down through a maze of people. we were able to get seats right by the stage. The most magical moment occured when Zach the lead singer, stepped down from the stage and proceeded to walk through the audience. I reached out my hand, and he took it! I thought I had died and gone to heaven. After singing there for about five seconds he (regretfully I know), let go of my hand. He jumped up onto a large box that was directly to my left, and sang there for more than a minute! Me and the other girls were almost in tears… Although I didn’t want to be a creep, he was so close that I could touch him if I wanted to! Needless to say, All-Star Weekend’s performance capped off a great end to an already amazing show. 

The End of We Day?

Before leaving, one of the We Day attendants informed us that we had been invited to the After Party! This exclusive, invite-only event was one thaWe Day 2012t definitely could not be missed. On our way out the door, someone tapped me on the shoulder and said “Thank you so much for coming today”! Thinking it was one of the volunteers, I turned around to thank them for helping put on such an inspiring show. To my most utter surprise, it was Craig Kielburger himself! I was so starstruck, I could barely speak. He went on to thank the delegates, sayinWe Day 2012g he heard how much we helped out Free the Children. Even though there were so many other awesome times during that day, meeting Craig (and Mark who came up soon afterwards) was definitely my favorite. Inside I was laughing, amused at the fact that someone as important and influential as them were thanking us.  Needless to say, I was honored. On our way out of the building, we also bumped into Wilson and Jackson, the two Massai Warriors who spoke earlier in the day. After chatting for a while and asking them to autograph their book The Last Massai Warriors for us, we were off.

The After Party!

The After Party took place at The Keg on Garry. In order to escapeWe Day After Party masses of fans, someone had told the crowd it was occurring at the Moxie’s attached to the MTS Centre. I found that hilarious, as we were situated only two blocks down the road! Courtney, Gabriella, her parents and I were the one of the first groups to arrive. As only the speakers, performers and sponsors were there, I have to admit I felt awkward at first! I was in the room with people who many only dream of meeting. Whether they were T.V senWe DAy 2012sations, performers or influential role models, these people were of importance. At first I was worried they wouldn’t want to talk to someone less significant than themselves. As I became more comfortable with my environment however, I began speaking with those present. Until you experience it first-hand, it’s hard to believe that these figureheads are as regular as anyone else! As servers walked around serving sliders, kabobs, bruschetta, cocktails and chilled shrimp on cucumbers (That last one didn’t sit well with me), I was able to mingle with thWe Day After Partyose in attendance at We Day. I truly enjoyed talking to Maya, who played the bass for Robb Nash’s band. After dealing with tumultuous times in her life, Maya ended up in a group home.  Robb happened to perform there one time, and Maya had the opportunity to meet with him. After she performed for Robb a piece she had written, Maya was asked to come on tour with him. Although only a year older that me, she seemed wise in her years. I truly enjoyed talking with her at the after party. Craig and Mark Kielburger were extremely easy to talk to as well, speaking about everything We Day 2012from my favorite TV show, to pageants, to what we wanted to do to change the world. I felt so inspired after speaking with them for ten short minutes, and I’m extremely grateful to have had that opportunity.

Like every day from July 14th-22nd, October 30th, 2012 will be a day I’ll never forget for the rest of my life. I had an amazing time, and can only dream that I get to experience something like this again.

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Greetings folks… Although this is two days late, I’d like to wish everyone a Haloween 2012very happy Halloween! I hope your day was as fabulous as your night, and that you didn’t all wake up with a sore stomach the next day. Being as Halloween is my favourite holiday next to Christmas, I though it’d be suitable for me to make a short blog post today!

Halloween Traditions

My family is extremely tight knit, as well as traditional. With nine cousins all within nine years of each other, we tend to spend all of our time together! Having celebrated Halloween for sixteen years and counting, I thought it’d be a great idea to spread out a few collages of costumes we’ve been in the past! Although this was one of the first years the four oldest cousins didn’t go trick or treating together, I still had an awesome night going with my brother, his friends, and a few of mine. As a tradition, every year since we’ve moved into our current house, my dad hooks up the snowmobile trailer to our quad, decks it out with lights, blankets and a stereo system! Since we’re in West St. Paul, the houses are far and few in between. A trailer is oHalloweenne of the best modes of transportation there is for Halloween night! As the stereo blasts Halloween tunes we roll down the streets, collecting candy with my cousins as we run door to door, filling our bags as much as we can. Being in Grade Twelve, I have gotten the questions about whether I’m to old to go out or not. To me, as long as you take the effort to dress up you deserve the reward! The Halloween Trailer Tradition is something that I’ve grown to adore… I couldn’t imagine Halloween without it!

A Highschool Halloween

My highschool West Kildonan Collegiate is extremely festive, and we love to celebrate any chance we get. To end off a great Halloween Spirit Week this year, Phys Ed. Leadership planned a Halloween 2012pep rally that lasted the whole afternoon. It was packed with entertainment, relays, costume contests and more. One of the things I love most about pep rallys is that I get to spend time with my friends! With all the different courses you have the option of taking in Grade Twelve, other than lunch we barely ever  get to see each other. By far though, my favourite part of the day was the teacher costume contest. After being judged by the Clap-O-Metre, the final four teachers competed in a Dance-Off in order to determine the overall winner.

Here were the final four costumes:

  • Wayne & Garth from Wayne’s World
  • Katniss from The Hunger Games
  • Elliot on his flying bike from E.T.
  • Red Foo, the lead singer from LMFAO

To me, the dance off was hilarious. It was a hard fought battle but once Red Foo (A.K.A. Mr Boughen) broke out the worm, all was over. He took home the prize!

I absolutely love the holidays. Although I may have not done so well on my Pre-Cal test the following morning, the nHalloweenight was definitely worth it! (What did I go as you may ask)? In the evening, a scarecrow. At school however, after the nagging of many peers, I went none other than Miss Teen Southern Manitoba-World herself… It was so much fun! With many kids today growing up much too fast, I just decided to life in the moment and be a kid. We have 50+ years to be an adult, yet only 18 to be a child. I’ve decided to make the most out of those moments, and cherish every memory I make!

Happy Halloween,

Devon

Written by: Devon Shewchuk
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