“Miss Teenage Ontario 2016 is…” At that moment my heart dropped to my stomach and I felt everyone in the room holding their breath in anticipation, and time seemed to slow down for eternity. “Contestant number one!” It took a second to sink in before I realized that I was contestant number one, and I had just won Miss Teen Ontario! The first thing I remember seeing is my dad and mom jump out of their seats cheering and whistling as loud as they could, my friends laughing and clapping along, and my two youngest siblings getting so excited that they decided to run up on the stage to hug me!
That moment was one that I will remember for a long time, but in this case, I think that all the events leading up to that moment were just as important as that big night.
So then lets start from the beginning, the very beginning that is, with itty bitty Hanna, and her love for princesses, fairies, and all things sparkly.
Like most over excited little girls, I was crazy about princesses. I loved being glamorous and wearing sparkles of all kinds and playing with makeup. Being a girly girl was something I took pride in being, and continued to be throughout my life so far. I would never imagine that someday I would get this close to feeling like a true princess in real life!
That love for makeup and glitter and costumes, brought me to the world of dance. I started taking ballet when I was 3 years old, fell in love with the way music made me feel, and continued to train in all styles of dance as I got older. My passion only grew from there. I am now a competitive dancer and an assistant dance teacher as well. I have learned so many valuable skills from my life in the studio, like how to stay healthy and always push myself to get better and stronger, how to hold my head up high and approach everything in life with confidence, and also how to teach and inspire others to feel the same way.
When it comes to school, I am not a math or science lover, but through my years of high school I quickly learned what my favourite subjects were. Art was something I have always loved, just like dance it is a way for me to express myself in whatever ways I liked, whether that was painting, or just doodling sketches of clothes and designs. My other favourite classes were any that I got to talk and present in. I love public speaking, and I have always considered talking to be one thing I am good at, which definitely comes in handy when you’re doing interviews and talking to people about being Miss Teen Ontario!
All these moments and things I have learned over the years have all led me to that moment, standing onstage in my emerald green dream dress, feeling like a princess before the Michela (Miss Teenage Ontario 2015) even put the crown on my head! I can’t wait for nationals, and for all the new adventures that this will bring me!
Bye for now loves!
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