Today I made my first appearance as Miss Teenage North Calgary 2017, and let me tell you, it was probably the most adorable appearance I’ll make. I spent the afternoon at my old elementary and junior high school visiting with a 1st and 5th grade class! This was the first time since crowning that I had gone out in my sash and crown, and it was amazing. When I attended this school, I was in the library every lunch period helping our librarian with anything I could. So when I was thinking of things I could do with my sash and crown, the first thing that came to mind was to throw it back to junior high and help out in the library again! I called the librarian and we made plans for me to come and read to a first grade class in the afternoon the following day. I was talking to my family about what I would be doing at dinner that night, and my youngest brother asked me to come and visit with his class, so he could show everyone that “the sister who had hip surgery was now a princess.” I thought it was a great idea, and could hardly wait to get started!

The following afternoon, I was sitting in the office while waiting for the grade one students, and I got the chance to talk to some of the teachers about what I was doing. It was so fun being able to talk about my platform and how I won my title!  Eventually, it was time for me to go begin. I walked in the library, smiling and waving at all the little kids who were looking, and picked books called Frog on a log and Knuffle Bunny. The little girls in the library continued to watch me as I talked with the librarian and the teacher who taught me when I was in grade one, who was coincidentally the teacher of the kids I would be reading to! I was introduced as “Princess Emily”. They all listened and giggled as I read, and afterwards we had about fifteen minutes for me to answer their questions. I got the classic “What’s your favourite colour?”, and more regarding favourites, including what my favourite princess dress is, and what my favourite thing to do as a princess was. Of course I told them it was reading to them. When I told them my favourite colour is blue, about half of the students eagerly raised their hand to tell me that their favourite colour was blue too. My favourite question I received from their class was if I lived in a castle, it was so cute! At the end of their library time, the librarian took a group picture, and they all hugged me goodbye. One boy shouted “Princess Emily you’re really pretty!” and after thanking him he giggled with all his friends.

My next stop was my brothers 5th grade class. I talked to them about my platform, and bullying, as well as the pageant itself and how I got my title. Most questions I received were regarding how much money I make for being a princess, and how to become Miss Canada (the student who asked that was teased and corrected by his friends because “It’s Miss TEENAGE Canada”). They were eager to know how I became Miss Teenage North Calgary, and why I chose to enter this pageant. It was great to be able to work my platform into the answer, explaining how I wanted others to know that they are still capable of amazing things despite the differences and setbacks that they might have.

All in all, it was a great first appearance, and I’m so happy I got to make those kids day. I look forward to all my events to come, and all the opportunities I’m going to have to change lives.

Keep on shining,

Emily

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