Jolene

Tansi! (Hello) My name is Jolene and I hold the title- Miss Teenage Eastern Saskatchewan 2014.

I am seventeen years old and currently in grade eleven. I attend school on a reserve, Peepeekisis First Nation. I attend school on reserve so I can have a better chance at learning my First Nation language and culture. I am a proud Dakota/Cree woman. I am currently learning the Nehiyaw (Cree) language. I am a self-taught powwow dancer, I dance jingle at powwow celebrations. I come from a family of five, with three older brothers and one little sister. I live with both of my parents, who have been living a sober life for over 20 years. I am thankful for the way my parents have raised us, we were all born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (except my younger sister) and in the year of 1998 we moved to my dads home reserve which is Okanese First Nation. They wanted to raise us away from the city so that we won’t have to witness or be influenced by drugs, alcohol and gangs. Today my two oldest brothers are in post secondary education, my other brother is graduating high school this year and both my parents work. Thanks to my parents for teaching and raising us in a positive manner. Its because of them I am where I am today.

I am very honored to hold the title, Miss Teenage Eastern Saskatchewan 2014. It was quite the experience to attend the provincial competition. It has been my first time attending a beauty pageant, other than that I’ve had the experience competing in a ¬†Powwow Princess pageant. I got second runner-up for Miss First Nations University of Canada (FNUC) 2014. I am so very very excited to see what will happen in Toronto! I can’t wait to see and meet all the delegates ūüôā Im sure we are all busy fundraising and preparing for the big pageant.

Thank you to all my supporters for stopping by and reading my first post! Be sure to like my Facebook page at MissTeenEasternSask. I update a lot on there as well ūüôā

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Good night readers.  Super quick summary of what my day was like:

Woke up bright and early and went to the Toronto Zoo to visit the Panda exibit.¬† There are 2 pandas, a male and a female, that will be at the zoo until 2018.¬† In 5 years they will be transfered to the Calgary zoo for the remainder of their 10 year loan to Canada from China.¬† These are the only panda bears in Canada.¬† FUN FACT: Panda’s only mate for 3 days out of the year… no wonder there are less thatn 1600 of them still in existance.

We went back to the hotel for rehearsals after the Toronto Zoo.  We learnt the remainder of our swimsuit routine and the main dance part to our opening number dance.  We basically practiced for the rest of the day and had a guest speaker from S-Trip come to answer any questions about the trip.  It was pretty cool, really hope that I can go on one of them.  My first choice destination would be one of the tropical destinations, preferably somewhere like the Bahamas where there will be lots of people!

Finally we changed to our cocktail dresses and went to Midieval Times at the Toronto Castle and had an amazing time!  Definately a must see in Toronto!  The food was delicious, the service was amazing and the performance was spectacular!  If you ever have the chance take it!

Now in bed with my roommate and going to sleep!  Will post photos some other time, for now too tired so sleeping!

Life of a pageant delegate means running off adrenaline and not sleeping!  I am taking my doses quite seriously now.

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xoxo- Kennedy

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Good evening readers!  Busy day today as we move forward with our pageant preparations.  Voltaren on my feet and orange juice in my stomach I am now recovering for tomorrows adventures!

We started the day with breakfast once again and the British Columbia, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia girls filmed their entrance videos.   The cool bus had a new bus driver who was amazing!  He was interactive and made us all feel like celebrities.

After breaky we headed over to Union fitness for a Hot Yoga session.¬† I have never felt so relaxed in my life, however it was one of the hardest workouts that I have ever done!¬† The poses are fairly beginner with advanced levels, I tried my hardest but my lack of flexability got the best of me and I’m pretty sure I looked like a monkey trying to swim.¬† I had fun and thats all that matters!¬† Definately reccomend trying out this cool place!¬† Wore out new Hi-Tec runners and looked cute while having awesome foot support.

After our workout we headed back to the hotel for rehearsals.  We learnt the first part of our swimsuit dance and had a blast being taught by the famous choreographer Sean.  The show is going to look amazing thanks to his hard work and passion for his art.  He amazes my by being able to make even girls with 2 left feet look stunning on stage!

We finally finished our day at the Eaton Center Mall.  Garage clothing sponsored each delegate a $50 gift certificate.  I bought a beautiful long sleeve crop top and a high low skirt.  Rocking the beachy summer relaxed style is 100% me and Garage helps me find my own unique style.  We were also sponsored dinner at the Eaton Center food court.  So many places to choose from!  I chose to stick with clasic Subway (missin home a bit) but the other options were endless!  One thing I noticed about Toronto is that there are alot of places to buy gelatto.

Going out with our crowns has been fun.  I was able to meet some adorable young girls, was called a princess, and signed a few autograph cards for them!  We also drew the attention of some young teenage boys too, especially a rugby team traveling to Canada from England!  Those boys were funny.  We took lots of pictures and were approached by many people.

Now off to bed for another super early morning tomorr when we are off to the Zoo to see the pandas and then rehearsals followed by Midevil Times dinner.

Goodnight and once again share, retweet, email and VOTE!

xoxo- Kennedy

 

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Today was insanely busy!  Not quite sure how we managed to fit it all into one day but we managed!  Here is a quick look at what we did.

3:50 am- wake up and do hair/makeup and get ready for Breakfast Telivison.¬† We loaded the bus and were off by 5:30 in the morning.¬† This was our first time ridinig the charter buses and doing roll call… My number is easy because I am always last!

We arrived at Breakfast Telivision and recorded a very quick segment, we all lined up around the host and she introduced us.  She interviewed a few of the contestants (not me) who had interesting or odd facts about themselves.  Miss Teen Ontatio, Bianca, has a father who is a WWE fighter for example and Mercy speaks 7 languages.  Miss Teen Canada-World Megha was also there and was interviewed quickly.

Following BT we loaded to bus for breakfast which was scrambled eggs, bacon, toast and hashbrowns.  I enjoyed this time because my roommate and I sat with one of my new besties and her roommate and were able to get to know each other better.

Then we ventured to the CN tower!  I love this silly photo of the Saskatchewan girls making funny faces!  Finally we had Danielle with us for a group shot and al  7 girls were together.  We were also selected as the province to showcase the CN tower and did a video of us walking up stairs, posing and then all walking forward together!  It was very fun.

Following the CN Tower we went on a scavenger hunt at the Distillery District.  Although I did not find any of the prizes me and Miss Teen Southern Ontario, Tricia, had fun going to the shops and even shared a red  velvet cupcake!! Too delicious!  I was also fortunate enough to meet one of the computer graphics artists from Gnomeo and Juliet.  Then we had lunch at cafe uno or burgers and fries and loaded the bus once more.

After teh scavenger hunt and lunch we went over to the Yorkdale Mall to use our generously sponsored $50 gift cards from Costa Blanca.  The sales associates were amazing and I wanted to buy everything in the store!  Me and Tricia finally decied on matching black skirts and crop tops that were amazingly cute and matched out eyes.  After we purchaced our clothes we stood outside the doors and took pictures with mall shoppers and had a great time engaging with the public.

Finally our busy day ended with us visiting the New Music Live studio (formerly Much Music) and were on the show as the audiance.  We were able to see some cool beat boxing, rapping and dancing and had a magnificent time being on camera!

I would like to give a special thank you to Costa Blanca for their sponsorship and patience helping 65 girls find outfits, Hi-Tec for delivering our shoes today, and the other places who hosted us!  A group of girls this larege can be hard to handle and we appreciate your patience and over the top accomidations to our schedule!

Now I am chilling in my room repping my hoser.com apparel and preparing for sleep!  Tomorrow we will be working out and I cannot wait to begin choreography for final show!

Goodnight and remember to share, like, retweet,

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Good evening everyone!  Currently blogging at 10:30 local time and need to be out the door by 5:10!  Soooooo I will make this quick!

We began our day at 8:40 (this is sleeping in for MTCW) and went to the buffet for breakfast!  It was very interesting to hear Farren tell us about her job at a race course and her horses!  The buffet was delicious and then we went upstairs to our private floor.

The day was a mush together with no real times for lunch or schedule… only rule was you must finish your photo shoot, video shoot and interview before the day was done.¬† Because the judges showed up before hair and makeup people had arrived a group, including me, was sent back to our rooms do do minimal hair and makeup for our interviews.¬† I chose to do basic browns that matched my interview outfit (sponsored by Memories to Last a Lifetime) and a simple wedding hairstyle consisting of a braided and wrapped bun.

Interview seemed to go on forever!¬† 20 origional girls were taken downstairs to a holding room and we waited¬† until it was our turn… I cannot disclose details of my interview but I feel it went well and the judges were amazing!

After my interview I went back upstairs and had a quick sub for lunch… then strait to hair!¬† I went for loose waves and a beachy look from my stylist and finished shortly after 5.¬† Following hair the photographer needed girls ASAP so I did my¬†own makeup using BBG cosmetics and was approved by the makeup artist¬†(didn’t need fixing) and went to my photoshoot.

At the photoshoot I wore a beautiful yellow dress form Memories to Last a¬†Lifetime and had fun¬†working the camera!¬† I¬†really hope that the images turn out well.¬† My favorite part was when we got to use the fan ūüôā

After photo shoot¬†I changed into a cocktail dress from¬†Bells and Bows Bridal in¬†Lethbridge, altered by¬†Chris¬†from Lethbridge.¬† I had so much fun with my introduction:¬†” Kennedy Todosichuk, 17, Yorkton Saskatchewan” and answering my 3 chosen questions: Why I want to be Miss Teen Canada-World, What my future goals are, and who inspires me.¬† Megha was there to visit and share her experiance!¬† Such a wonderful represntative for Miss Teen Canada 2012 and an amazing person to talk to.¬† Finished off the shoot with some camera like posing and off to walking lessons!

James was doing walking/stance lessons.¬† I was very proud of myself when he chose my stance to demonstrate a ‘nearly perfect’ stance to the other girls.¬†¬†I must give credit to Channing, Miss Teen Canada-World 2010 for teaching my to break my knee and how to hold my feet!¬† It definately¬†feels good knowing that I have improved.

Final silly photo of the night, a group of girls were hanging out and realized our names spelled MASK so we took a picture!

Off to bed for an exciting day tomorrow!¬† Don’t forget to leave comments,¬†share my blog and VOTE for peoples choice.

xoxo- Kennedy

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The first night was full of mingling and meeting all of the other girls… I managed to meet about 1/4 of the girls.¬† It was interesting to see the difference between how I thought each girl’s personality would be based on their online profile to what they actually were!¬† Everyone was super nice, we are all going to make amazing friends!

We had a presentation by Hi-tec Canada who will be giving all of the contestants a new pair of kicks to work out in!  I picked out a pretty pink pair to hit the gym with.  The presenters were amazing and helped us find our perfect pair of shoes while treating us like celebrities and taking our picture with the new shoes!

Golden Glamour Goddesses was also at the hotel demonstating their tanning services.  They are a mobile service that offers spray tans, airbrush makeup, eyelash extensions and hair styling.  The ladies will be returning to the hotel to makeup the contestants at a discounted price and were very knowledgable on their products.

Cookies were provided by PS and were delicous!  A sweet treat for some sweet contestants.  Each girl was given a cookie and a marker to customize their snack.  Of coarse I chose to write my name in the traditional pageant pink!

Free the children was present at our welcome party as Miss Teen Canada-World official charity to answer questions and give us a summary on the five pillars that Free the Children has: alternate income, health care and sanitation, clean water, education, and my favorite: Food Security which works along side Potash Corp to bring agriculture to strugglin communities.

Last but not least Osis hair styling prodects was there representing their products.  As a part of a German based company Osis is only available in salons and is the hair styling product of Miss Teen Canada-World Girls.

And that was my evening!  Looking forward to another busy day tomorrow with our official video shoot, photo shoot and interview!

Keep checking back for updates and don’t forget to vote for me and verify your VIP emails!¬† Also share my blog and pages and encourage your friends and family to VOTE! Open now until July 20!

xoxo- Kennedy

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Hello readers,

Woke up bright an early this morning and headed to the airport to catch my 6:25 flight!  The lines were insanely long and the airport was crazy busy!  I met up with Justine and Danyelle from provincials after we passed security and then grabbed a quick bagel and grapefruit juice and went strait to boarding the plane!

Once on the plane I was pleasantly surprised to see that an old friend, Antonio from Yorkton, happened to be sitting in the seat next to me!  The flight went by fairly quickly with minimal turbulance and I spend the whole ride visiting with Brooklyn- Miss Teen Weyburn-World on my right and Antonio on my left.

After the flight we met up with chaperones at the baggage collection and all of the Saskatchewan girls were able to take the same bus to the hotel.  The chaperones were hillarious!  They told us to call them J-Wow and Snooki and were joking around!  They were really nice and helped us with our (massive) bags!  A girl does need all of her shoes!

Once we arrived at the Holiday Inn we were taken to our rooms and met our roommates.¬† My roommate is Dayna from New Brunswick!¬† She is really cool and nice and has alot of interesting stuff about her home town which is 2 minutes from the USA boarder.¬† I can’t wait to get to know her more and meet all of the other delegates!

Going for registration and supper right away!  Keep checking back for more updates!

xoxo- Kennedy

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My Dream Vacation with S-Trip

My dream vacation with S-Trip is one that I have been planning for a while.

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I would like to travel to sunny Cuba and¬†make unforgettable memories with my closest¬†friends.¬† I chose Cuba because the destination has always appealed to me, I’ve been planning a trip there for a few years¬†and was thrilled when I saw the¬†location on S-Trip!

My fascination with Cuba began when a friend of mine read my shirt.¬† It said, “Let’s go away together, just you and me.”¬†¬†We joked about doing just that, running away and¬†leaving our fears behind.¬† Our fantasy turned to reality and we decided that Cuba was the perfect place for freedom and no cares.¬† I think that because of this memory, Cuba will always be a get away place where worries are washed away.¬† Hakuna matata!

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My dream trip would include relaxing activities such as lounging by the pool, tanning on the beach and maybe even a day with the girls at the spa… for a little while.¬† However,¬†I’m a strong believer in taking risks and¬†trying new things!¬† My dream trip would also include adventure!¬† Zip lining through the jungle is the perfect way to gain a new perspective of the scenery, connect to nature and have an amazing thrill!¬† A¬†jungle safari would be the perfect chance for me to try out capturing some unique images for my photography portfolio and be able to experience different environments.¬†¬†Finally striking surfing off my bucket list would complete my MUST DO adventures, plus whatever else¬†pops up!

My personal biggest attraction to S-Trips is the social aspects.  S-Trip gives travelers the

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opportunity to meet people from all over Canada and make lasting friendships.  It is the ultimate opportunity to party and have a great time with peers before stepping out into the real world after high school!  The social activities that I would most look forward to are the theme nights!  I enjoy having a theme because it gives you an excuse to mingle!  What better way to meet a new friend than asking them to sign your shirt.  Making friends and meeting interesting people has always been one of my favorite things to do and I think that S-Trip offers the ultimate experience in socializing.

Who Would I Take?

I would like to take anyone from my grad class¬†that was interested in traveling!¬† I strongly believe that everyone should have equal opportunity, including going on fun vacations!¬† If I had to pick a MUST COME it would have to be my BFF Breana.¬† I would take her because we always have a good time together and I know that she would help make the trip unforgettable.¬† I would pick friends who would make the most of the trip and love socializing and trying new things!¬† I think it would be great to travel with friends, youth is the time to live it up before extra responsibility sinks in.¬† Traveling with friends, although it may¬†be chaotic, would be amazing because I know the memories made will stay with everyone forever.¬† I think my friends would most enjoy Cuba because we are from Saskatchewan where it is cold and hot destinations are the place to be, as well as its a unique opportunity that doesn’t come around very often!

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My hero is brave.¬† My hero is strong.¬† My hero has overcome tough times and excelled.¬† It takes a certain kind of person to be able to rise above bullying and turn it into something good.¬† My hero doesn’t know she is my hero.¬† My hero looks up to me, even though I learn much more from her.¬† My hero works hard.¬† My hero is fun loving and free.¬† My hero is the most important person in the world to me.

My hero is my little sister.  She was the most beautiful baby I had ever seen when I first got to hold her in the Kamsack hospital, 2000.  I still remember walking into the hospital room with my nana and papa and lighting up because my new friend was finally here!  She has always been my very best friend and always will be.  She is amazing in every single way and I love her more than anything in the world.

Skiing

I brag about my sister non stop.¬† She¬†has put so much into her skiing and has become so accomplished that I can’t help but bring it up whenever I meet someone.¬† Tori began ski racing a few years ago in Nancy¬†Greene racing and now races for Team Saskatchewan.¬† She wasn’t the fastest on the slopes, in fact she was nothing but average!¬† That didn’t stop her.¬† Today she¬†holds the overall high ranking for¬†females of her age in Saskatchewan, numerous gold metals in Under 14 division and has competed in Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.¬† She competed in the Whistler Cup where competitors travel from all over Canada and even internationally.¬† She is¬†amazingly fast¬†down the hill and always maintains a positive attitude.¬† Her determination is spectacular and even during her off season she trains by working out and keeping herself in peak physical condition.¬† She is the most dedicated and hard working person I know.¬† Needless to say I am one proud big sister.

Tori won her class citizenship award.¬† This is so clearly a reflection of who¬†she is.¬† Tori will always be the first one in line to help a¬†friend in need, or a stranger¬†who needs help.¬† She is kind to everyone and never¬†asks for anything in return.¬† She has been bullied but never stoops to their level, instead she kills them with kindness.¬† It’s impossible to stay mad at this little one.¬† She is an amazing person,¬†beautiful inside and out.¬† My sister is the definition of true beauty.

There you have it!  My baby sister, my hero.  Be sure to watch out for her in the future Olympics because for someone with this much devotion the sky is the limit!

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