Hello everyone, I’m Trisha Miss Teenage East Calgary 2015! My friends call me ‘Trish’ to which I respond to as well.
I’ll begin this blog by sharing my experience throughout the provincial pageant! On March 22 2015, I was crowned Miss Teenage East Calgary 2015. Winning this title is a huge accomplishment for me, considering that I have had no experience at all with pageants in the past! I came into this pageant showing not only confidence but also moral respect. When I had first been interviewed by Michelle I was excited, I also did not think I would have made it as a finalist. The day after I had been interviewed I received an email from Michelle saying “Congrats!…”. I was extremely grateful and I immediately started preparing. I had started to tell my family,friends, peers, teachers, and even my school principal that I will be competing! Not only that but my social media as well. I have a lot of support which I do not take for granted! The support was key to believing in myself!
Saturday March 21 2015 was our prejudging and training day! This day gave every single delegate to mingle and make new friends! I met many ladies that will now be friends for life! I strongly disagree with how the media portrays pageants as after this pageant! The friends I made were all one of a kind, bullying and self harm advocates, changing the educational system advocates, gender equality advocates, aspiring Broadway actresses, and so on. Every single girl had something that made them unique, which is what amazed me the most! We all really cliqued right away! In the morning we practised our walks and turns in heels. After lunch we started our choreography for our opening number to ‘International Smile’ by Katy Perry. I do not think any of the other girls will get this song out of their head now! haha. Since we were getting judged on our swimsuit wear the same day, we had started to practise walking for our swimsuit wear. After being judged on our swimwear we had to change into our interview attire. For my interview attire I wore a half sleeve black jumpsuit with a black and gold Michael Kors high heels. This attire was very classy, also comfortable! During the interview I was nervous but this feeling for me is great since when I am nervous I am very out there, so when the judges started to ask me questions I definitely spoke from the heart. I was myself in front of the judges and not at all scared when I had spoken to them. After day 1 I got home and made sure I would get a ‘beauty sleep’ going on!
The day of the pageant had arrived! The entire day was full of support from my pageant sisters and the 2014 title holders! All of the girls were bonding, taking pictures, and consistently supported each other throughout the whole day! Most of the day was rehearsing our opening number, our platform, and our introduction! the last few hours were hair and makeup which was done by students from MC College, without their help the girls would not have looked as beautiful as they can be on the day of the pageant! 7:00 and it was showtime! We started with our opening number, and while I was up on stage it is important that I really put myself out there! After the opening number was our introduction, when I introduced myself I wanted people to know who I was, which resulted in a respectful and a very ‘me’ introduction! Evening gowns…. my favourite part was finally here! All the dresses I had seen were elegant and sweet, the gowns that the girls have chosen showed a lot of personality towards them! We also talked about our platforms on stage in our evening gown. My platform is raising funds and awareness for homeless and wounded veterans (something I have always been passionate about). Swimsuit wear came along, and then… CROWNING! Before the crowning Shelby (Miss Teenage Southern Alberta 2015) lead a prayer for all of us which kept our spirits up! The first to be announced was the girl who received the modelling contract! After having about 6 girls called up I heard Michelle say my number and name “Number twenty-six Trisha” and I was sooo happy, words could not describe this moment! I remember holding the crown terrified since it was super heavy. A few more girls were called and then finally Miss Teenage Alberta was called and this title was given to Ilinca! One of the many beautiful ladies that competed, and I was very happy for her! After the pageant I sadly had to say goodbye to many of the friends I made, some I will be seeing soon, some I will be seeing in nationals and some that I wish to see again! And that is how I will end the story of my journey at the provincial pageant!
Now, I would like to talk more about myself. I will start off with telling you all my many interests. I enjoy activities and sports such as acting, singing, artistry, marksmanship, volleyball, wrestling, track events and I also serve as a Master Corporal at the 2137 Calgary Highlanders Cadet Corp. I also enjoy to spend time in the wilderness, camping and hiking!
This summer I attended an army cadet summer training program for marksmanship that lasted 3 weeks. From this experience I gained more confidence to strive for my goal, at camp my goal was to improve my skills in marksmanship. Not only did I share this time at camp with a more male dominant competition but peers that were more skilled and trained in marksmanship. By the end of camp I received a level expert on marksmanship which is the second highest level. This made me not only believe more in myself but rather took it as a learning experience that I can do anything I set my mind to.
Being only 15 years old, I used to have no idea what I wanted to do when I was younger. But I now spend most of my time reading books and watching documentaries that explain the law of attraction, learning about the mind and how it works, finding inner peace, and the key to happiness. From reading and watching all of these, I grew a passion through wanting to constantly help others which now encourages me to seek a job in the future that works with people. After graduating high school I will be taking my Bachelor Of Science in the University of Calgary to pursue a career in Psychology.
I also recently started working with Wounded Warriors Canada. Being a part of this organization helps me a lot with my platform which I had previously explained. Wounded Warriors Canada is a non-profit organization that helps Canadian Armed Forces members – be they regular force or reservists – who have been wounded or injured in their service to Canada. Here is a link to their website to learn more about it http://woundedwarriors.ca/mission/
This whole journey has been so overwhelming! And I am forever grateful to have many opportunities and the chance to compete in Nationals!
I hope you all learned more about me, and I will keep this blog updated every Sunday! For now I wish you all an amazing week!
Sending lots of love and happiness, Trisha R your new Miss Teenage East Calgary 2015!