The MC's for the evening: MC Terry, MC Fadden and MC Sav
I had an amazing time last night as one of the hosts for Music Arts and Drama Night at my school. As an active member of Blyth Academy’s student council, we worked collectively to plan an evening to celebrate our student bodies artistic talents. I am proud to be a part of such a creative and hardworking group of students.
The night was an utter success; from the art pieces to the musical performances, even the snacks were great I had the opportunity to showcase three short films that I had directed when attending film school in Los Angeles. I will be posting one of the films that I created in the upcoming weeks.
Standing beside the life size Barbie doll
One of the art pieces that I found especially moving was a “Human Barbie” created by the United Artists for a Cause club. In an effort to expose how unrealistic the media depicts body image, the group made a life size Barbie doll with proportions the doll would have as a living person. If Barbie was a real woman she’d be forced to walk on all fours and would be physically incapable of lifting her over-sized head. Her impossible dimensions range from her 16 inch waist, to her legs which would be twice the length of her arms.
Music Arts and Drama night was an amazing hit! I would like to take this opportunity to thank my teacher Katlynd McLaren and my principle Luke Coles for making it all happen.
Hello there! My name is Francesca and I am incredibly honoured to have won the title of Miss Teenage Ontario 2014. If you know me, you’d agree that I am not someone who is easily defined in one post. However, I will do my best! I’m 17 years old, in my last year of high school and very eager to begin my university career. If you ask any of my friends they’ll tell you that I am a major nerd, and considering my love for science, I couldn’t agree more. I am adventurous, outgoing, determined. I enjoy expressing myself artistically, be it through poetry, filmmaking or photography. I love a challenge, as such I believe in goal-setting so that I am always working towards a sense of achievement. My longstanding goal is to become a reconstructive surgeon after studying medicine.
My fascination for science began at a very young age. When my grade one teacher asked the class what they wanted to be when they grew up, many offered classic answers such as cowboy or actress. From the get-go I answered a surgeon, and my mindset has not changed to this day. In recent years I took a step towards turning this dream into a reality when I volunteered at Sunnybrook Hospital. While I was there, I worked in the reconstructive surgery department shadowing professional doctors as they performed procedures. The experience I had there was unforgettable, and is no doubt a stepping stone in my career in the medical industry.
I’ve always had a strong passion for athletics ever since I competed as a provincial gymnast. I love being active and do my best to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Recently I have taken an interest in yoga, it not only keeps you in shape, it also liberates the potential of your mind and challenges you to expand your imagination. My favourite type is yoga in a hot or humid room, the heat helps detoxify your skin and elevates your heart rate, which ultimately make it a harder and more effective workout. I also love running; soon I will begin training for a half marathon that I will run with my mother!
My platform is to help teens who are dealing with depression. Having battled it in the past, I personally know how difficult it can be. I want to raise awareness so that teens don’t feel ashamed and keep these unhealthy feelings bottled up. It is important for them to know that when they are feeling this way they are not alone. Approximately 5% of male youth and 12% of female youth, age 12 to 19, have experienced a major depressive episode. Depression is silently prevalent and can affect anyone, yet it is still commonly left untreated. My goal is to make depression less of a taboo by speaking out about my personal experience. By doing this I am hoping to change the common mindset and help teens come out and talk about these feelings and get the support they need.
Thank you for reading my blog post! This is just a sneak peek into who I am. I will be posting interesting entries each week leading up to the Miss Teenage Canada pageant in July.
Wow! Just when I think the day can’t get any better, it does! The Miss Teen Canada World organizers and chaperones are simply amazing and have planned the best week ever for us. Where do I even begin? Yesterday we woke up bright and early and went for an interview on Breakfast Television! I even got asked a question TV on along with four other girls. It was really fun and afterwards we went for a lovely breakfast at High Park at the Grenadier Cafe. I love High Park and it was nice to share it with my fellow pageant sisters. I love when people who haven’t been to Toronto get to experience it, their reactions are so cute! Afterwards we went to the CN tower and got some great pictures. The view was so beautiful! We all had so much fun walking around together in our crowns. The next stop was the distillery where we went for a scavenger hunt. I’ll admit I went a little crazy and found 12 out of 80 tickets and I won a variety of great prizes. I handed them out to my fellow pageant queens though because I didn’t need them all. The prizes included an oyster, gelato, a new phone case, a tart and other fun little things. Everybody had a great time at the distillery and the weather was just beautiful! Afterwards we all loaded onto the buses and went to Yorkdale Mall and had a shopping spree at Costa Blanca. I got a nice long orange maxi dress, new flats, a necklace and earrings all for $50.30. My gift card was for $50, so a mere $0.30 had to come out of my pocket. YES! Much Music was our next stop where we got to be a part of the live audience for a unity festival battle. It was so cool watching the rappers and dancers go head to head in battles. It was a great nice and we were all exhausted by the end of it. Waiting for us back at the hotel was another surprise! We all recieved our Hitec running shoes! They’re so comfy and really cute, I got a nice turquoise pair and I absolutely love them. This pageant is completely spoiling us, I love it!
Today was another tiring day. once again we had breakfast at the Grenadier Cafe at High Park and then we went for a power yoga session at Union yoga facility in Toronto. It was so utterly relaxing and much needed! My back was killing from the super fluffy hotel pillows, I’m a fan of flat pillows and my back tweaked the other day from the extreme puffiness of the ones in the hotel. So the yoga felt really great. Our instructors name was Samara and she was really good at her job; her voice was so soothing!
Following that was more rehersals for Saturday’s pageant and we learned our swimsuit number. It’s so super cute, the girls just love it! The fun didn’t end there though! Next we went to the Eaton Centre for another $50 shopping spree, this time it was at Garage. I love garage so it was a great time shopping in there. I got cute studded, high waisted shorts and two crop tops. I’ll be wearing one of the tops tomorrow to the zoo so you will definitely see the pictures!
This post is coming to you live from my hotel room as I wait to be called down for a meeting with all of the lovely Miss Teen Canada World delegates. I can’t believe the day has come! This week is sure to be a week to remember, forever! I have met my roomate, Jaclyn from Alberta and she is sweet as pie. I am so glad we’re getting along and we have found that we have a lot in common. Kudos to the pageant organizers for setting me up with such an awesome roomie! Our room is basically a huge walk in closet, full of shoes, dresses, skirts, makeup, perfumes, hair accessories and gowns galore! Am I in heaven? Yes, I am quite possibly in fashion heaven.
I mean- check out all the shoes I had to bring! Plus I have a pair of heels on right now… that’s 12 pairs of shoes! Holy cannoli! That is another part of this week I am so excited for, dressing up! I love doing my hair and makeup and putting outfits together. After being in the ABA hair show at the convention centre this year as well, I learned a lot of neat tricks I can use when doing my hair this week. It will be fun to try it all out!
On another note, voting began today! So if you would like to help support me as I compete for the title of Miss Teen Canada world click here to sign up and vote for me! Thank you so much! And if you wouldn’t mind sharing the link and encouraging your friends and family to vote for me as well, it would mean the world to me! Thank you so much and stay tuned as I take you with me as we approach the national stage on July 20th at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. You can buy tickets here if you would like to attend, but hurry because they are selling out and fast!
Thank you S-Trip for sponsoring the Miss Teen Canada World 2013 Pageant with the title of “Social Media Queen!” and a chance to go on one of your awesome grad trips! I just returned from my S-Trip Grad Trip on July 8th, yesterday! I can say first hand it was amazing and definitely one of the best weeks of my life. Not to mention it was pretty close to embodying my dream vacation! It was hot in Dominican, the music was great, the food was great and the events that took place each day never allowed for a dull moment. Similar to this trip, my dream vacation would be in Greece, Santorini to be exact. I heard Santorini has the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets and I am a hopeless romantic when it comes to the beauty of nature. Plus I absolutely love Greek food first of all. Especially when it comes to my pageant! You can never go wrong eating a greek salad, hehe!
Additionally, I’ve heard the nightlife is amazing and I have seen the beautiful beaches and cliffs from many pictures. My dad went to Greece a few years ago and told me he had an amazing time. The dancing and began at midnight and went on almost until the morning, and I’ll tell you- I love to dance. Actually, more like I live to dance! If I were to go on this trip I would bring my best friend Tabitha.
Tabi and me at our school's cultural fashion show!
She was with me on my S-Trip in Dominican and is such an amazing friend, plus she may even like to dance more than me! I know I would be able to enjoy this trip with her because we had so much fun in Dominican and do not clash one bit as roommates. I can picture our days there… waking up for an early morning swim, a nice breakfast overlooking the sea, relaxing and reading, a bit of shopping, a few restaurants in the mix, and hours of dancing together in the night! Thinking about it makes me wish I was there now!
Mmm.. Spanakopita! So delicious!
You can never go wrong with sun, food, dancing, friends, and shopping! But that is just half of it. Of course I would need to visit the Olympia, where the first ever Olympic games were held. I would also make sure I visited the ancient city of Athens and hike up Mount Olympus. I love history, especially ancient history and the sights I would see here would be engraved in my mind forever as well as my friend Tabitha. Greece is just such a fun and cultured place, I think everybody should try to go if they can. So much European architecture has taken influence from ancient Greece and many languages as well. I mean- who hasn’t heard of Greek Mythology?
One day I will go to Greece, it is just a matter of when that day comes. It would be fun going to Greece with S-Trip especially because it would be so well organized and having other students there to interact with makes it so much better. It is great to meet new people and S-Trip helps to bring us all together!
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As I write this blog post on my internet-less laptop, in my dark living room, water continues to pour down from the sky. Last night there was more rain in Toronto than in 31 years! Lucky me, was stuck at the airport coming back from my S-trip to the Dominican Republic for two additional hours, not to mention the hour long car ride home (which is usually 4 minutes!) But what is the cause of all this rain? Is it global warming creating an excess of potentially rain fall? Shifting climate zones? Could it simply be chance? It is uncertain, however, this should very well be taken as a sign that our dependence and over use of technology is creating a few problems. Whether these problems stem from using to much energy or relying too heavily on it, there are certainly problems in how we use technology today. This is similar to my platform which encourages youth to engage in physical activity and not virtually! However, the damage can not be undone and Toronto has been hit hard. My internet is not up and so I do not know when I will be able to post this. I am a tad stressed out right now to be completely honest. As I mentioned, I was away in Dominican for the past week and so I have a few forms to complete and submit and preparatory tasks as well. I am very nervous and excited for the competition, and so my nerves are even worse right now knowing I have over due forms! Oh goodness… At least knowing that I have just a few more days until competition is able to perk me up. I am so excited to compete for such an amazing title. A title that stands for such beautiful things like hard work, community, kindness, camaraderie, and CANADA! It is so easy to underappreciate how fortunate we are to live in Canada. I realized this when I landed in Dominican, a third world country. It broke my heart seeing starving stray dogs, poorly constructed and claustrophobic buildings. I feel so fortunate to be back home, and hey- thinking about how lucky I am to have a safe home makes dealing with this storm a lot easier. Always remember to be thankful.
Here I am with two of my best girlies, Anj and Jess!
Pageant day is quickly approaching and as I would love to take you along the journey with me, here is a taste of what my preparation and week has consisted of! First off I would like to admit I am very silly for thinking summer vacation meant an actual break. Time has yet to slowdown and each day there is more and more to do! I just had my Grade 12 prom on June 20th, and it was a lot of fun! It is funny how fast high school went by, I’ll never have another prom again! The following morning, I had a photo-shoot for Panoram magazine. They are going to feature me in their August issue, in the Living Italian Style section. My cousin Vanessa hooked it up and even came with me to the photo-shoot. The shoot was outside and downtown which was pretty neat because passersby were able to watch the makeup artist do my makeup and the photographer do the shoot! The next day (Saturday) I had work at my dad’s new fighting academy, Battle Arts.
The future layout of Battle Arts!
It is a mix between an MMA school, cross fit training, pro-wrestling school and a gym! I am working for my dad doing sales in the trailer. The school will hopefully be ready by July 8th; I can’t wait to see it finished! This morning, I enjoyed a lovely run around Centennial Park. It was great running and being able to enjoy a beautiful view of the GTA at the same time! I definitely recommend that location if you are looking for a serene and fun place to jog.
Me bored at work. Battle Arts will soon be the building behind me!
This week I will be working out a lot and having math class each day. There is a lot more that has to be done to prepare for next month… Stay posted to follow my journey! The Miss Teen Canada World 2013 pageant will be here soon!
2013 Miss Teen Canada – World Blog Network Assignment Number Three
What would I do if I had a $250K budget to shoot a TV spot for Signature Towels? I would create a unique and fun commercial that would target children and adults everywhere. Let your imagination take over as you visualize this…
*Eye of the Tiger is playing low*
The summer heat is blazing down on a lush green golf course. The beautiful flowers and ponds are featured in a brief scene-establishing clip, and the camera falls upon the first hole. The flag waves dramatically in the wind. At first nothing other than the course and sun are caught in the commercial. All of a sudden, the camera whips around to the left and captures the other half of the setting that was not shown at the beginning.There is a massive crowd consisting of thousands of golf fans who are watching a game of golf. The majority of them look as though they have just been swimming, they are so wet with sweat. However, they are not the only victims of the heat. The first man in the golf match is Tiger Wood. Tiger is focusing intently on a hole in the distance, the final hole in his game. You can see the sweat dripping from his forehead. The camera focuses on the cheering fans and their intense reactions as Tiger prepares to take his shot. Looking confident, he takes a few practice strokes and eventually takes his big swing. BAM!-the ball is off on its way. The camera follows the ball across the setting, finally it lands a few feet from the hole and the crowd goes wild. He smiles with pride and waves to the audience, taking a step back. The audience is shown whipping their heads in sync to look at the second golfer.
*Music Changes to Kung-Fu Fighting*
The screen shows a black shoe taking a slow step down on the turf, music begins to play. The camera view raises slowly and dramatically to the rhythm of the music to reveal Psy (from Gangnam Style), who looks very happy. He is wearing his classic blue suit, with black and white accents, and thick black glasses. He has with him two caddies who are the same ladies from his Gangnam Style music video. The camera focuses on the audience members, who all appear really confused and to be suffering from the heat. Tiger Woods rolls his eyes and snickers at Psy, who does not seem intimidated by him. Psy pulls a gold club from his jewel studded golf bag, swinging it a few times in the air, and then stands ready at the tee. Once more, Tiger is shown laughing at Psy, this time with a friend in a suit. Psy lifts the club for his swing and the music stops. BAM!
The camera focuses on the gasping and shocked faces of the audience members. Their faces are shown in slow motion to exaggerate their shocked responses. One audience member in particular is featured making a very funny and weird face of awe as he follows the ball with his finger. Tiger’s face is also shown looking worried and his fists begin to clench slowly. Psy is shown nodding and smiling as the ball is still flying through the air in slow motion. The next clip shown is of the hole. The red flag is waving in the air and the golf ball lands right in the hole! Gangnam Style starts to play very loudly and the camera focuses back on Psy. He raises his hands excitedly into the air with a huge smile on his face. His caddies begin to jump around excitedly. The audience is shown cheering and dancing to Gangnam style, looking much more lively than before. The silly-faced audience member is shown fainting from excessive joy. Tiger is then featured smashing his club off the grass, crying and having a meltdown.
The camera then zooms in on Psy, who is being handed a Black and white towel that has “Gangnam Golf Pro” written on it. His face takes up the majority of the shot, however the towel is still shown and highlighted as the central focus of the frame. The Gangnam Style music turns down, and smiling, he wipes a single bead of sweat off of his forehead with the towel. Psy then looks into the camera and says, “Whatever you do, do it your way. Signature Personalized golf towels! Dry off like a pro.” He winks in the camera, and the view pans out to a shot of the the hole, entire crowd, and two contenders. The scene is semi-chaotic but very lively and fun.
WHO IS THIS COMMERCIAL FOR?
The product targets men and women who enjoy golf, therefore making this commercial geared toward men and women who golf. This is made clear through the scene’s setting and the involvement of golf extraordinaire, Tiger Woods. In addition, the trendy new pop icon, Psy, is featured in the commercial to attract the interest of young viewers. Psy’s presence in the commercial will capture attention focus of people flipping through channels and make them watch the commercial. Young children will be enticed to buy the product for a parent or friend because it is endorsed by these famous celebrities. The commercial is fun and will be just as catchy as the Gangnam Style song, making it sure to stay in their heads of viewers! The majority of the budget must be spent on paying Tiger Woods and Psy to be in the commercial. I would allot approximately $75,000 to be paid to each celebrity for their participation. The background actors will each be paid $100 for their participation, and there will be a remaining $50,000 left after all the actors and set people have been paid. Setting costs will be very minimal because a sponsor will offer their golf course as a setting for the commercial in exchange for recognition. Similar to the setting cost, wardrobe costs will also be nonexistent due to the support of sponsors. The additional $50,00 will be spent on editing the commercial, and whatever props may be necessary to have on set. Thankfully the commercial is fairly inexpensive to produce.
I hope my commercial spot was able to entertain you! Check out the signature towels website also if you are at all interested by the product, I know I am!
Francesca is an outgoing and ambitious woman, who is determined to overcome any of life's challenges. Passionate about education, she works hard to maintain a 95% average and is looking forward to studying medical sciences at university in the fall. Francesca is a positive teen role model and believes that with willpower and devotion anyone can