My name is Selena V. and I am Miss Teenage National Capital Region 2020 (official name for the region between Ottawa, Ontario and Gatineau, Quebec).

The purpose of this first blog is to tell you more about myself, so let me start…

I am fourteen years old and I am a student at Immaculata High School in Ottawa. I live with my parents, my younger sister and my one year old German Shepard Tyson. My parents came from war torn ex-Yugoslavia  (I will tell you more about this in the future) when they were very young, they met and fell in love in high school and been together ever since. I have been blessed with a big family and lots of friends both in my community, school and everywhere else.  I speak English, French and Serbian/Croatian fluently.

I truly love sports. I love playing, watching, learning and discussing sports. I play soccer, futsal, basketball and volleyball for my school. My first love is definitely soccer, as I have been playing it since I was five years old. My favorite team is Real Madrid and my favorite player is Luka Modric. I also cheer for the Croatia National team and I was so disappointed when they lost to France in the World Cup in 2018. My world just crashed at that moment because they deserved to win as they were the underdogs and worked really hard to make it to the finals.

I have also been playing volleyball since I was in primary school where we won gold medal against all primary schools in the region. I was very proud of this achievement especially because it was my first medal.

Presently, I also play basketball and just before the pandemic was announced, I was getting ready for numerous basketball tournaments. I am very competitive so I was looking forward to winning these tournaments for my school. In order to go to my basketball practice at 7, I had to wake up at 5 am which was very rough but I never missed a single practice.

 

I also share a love for dance, especially Folklore which is a traditional Serbian dance. I started dancing folklore when I was 5 years old. Folklore gave me so many wonderful memories, great friends and made me develop deep love for my culture. With my Folklore dance group, I’ve travelled all around Ontario and performed in front of thousands of people which was an amazing experience. As part of Folklore, I have also filmed a pilot series called “On Fete Ensemble” (We Celebrate Together) where I presented my Serbian culture to my Moroccan friend. For the whole day, I was followed by a camera crew which filmed me getting ready for my Folklore performance, showing my friend my costume, getting my hair done, as well as our performance and my friend meeting my dance group.  It was such a great experience and it really prepared for everything that comes with pageant participation.

This is my first pageant ever and I have decided to sign up for Miss Teenage Canada to create new opportunities for myself as I would like to explore modelling and acting world in the future. I also signed up because I love meeting new people and this has already been such a great opportunity as I have been talking to MTC delegates from all over Canada and I can’t wait to meet them in person. I also think the pageant will be a great opportunity to increase my self-confidence as I will learn and explore many things that will help me grow as a person.

I think this is a good start. Thank you for taking the time to read my first blog!

Wherever you go, go with all your heart (Confucius)

-Selena

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Hi everyone! My name is Clara Chemtov. I’m 17 years old, I’m from Montreal, and I’m Miss Teenage Quebec 2020. This is my first time having a title and I’m really excited! Before we get into all of that, though, here’s a bit about me.

Photo: Tommy Levan

Anyone who knows me knows that I love dancing. Dance has been a part of my life since I was two years old, but I only became serious about it in high school. Last year, my best friend and I made the big decision to study dance in Cégep, which is Quebec’s post-secondary institution before university. In the year leading up to this moment, we were fortunate enough to participate in stages with some of Quebec’s leading contemporary companies, including Trip the Light Fantastic, with whom we were included in the premiere of a brand new work.

Music also plays an instrumental role in my life (pun intended). Both of my parents are musicians, so I was exposed to a wide variety of instruments from an early age. I discovered the flute in high school and instantly fell in love. I currently play in two different community concert bands! In addition to the flute, I also love to sing. I was in my school choir for five years, and this is where I developed an interest in a cappella music. From there, I started arranging and recording a cappella versions of my favourite songs, and even made a Christmas album!

Cornwall Santa Claus Parade!

So honoured to play the feature solo!

I’ve always loved having a unique sense of fashion. I enjoy creating funky outfits and was known for my “costumes” on Free Dress Days, because they usually involved real lights. I discovered early on that this was a way to improve my confidence and make people smile, and I was happy to do it.

This love of fashion also led me to my first job. I am a part-time stylist for a local dress store, and it’s my pleasure and privilege to help clients find what will make them feel their best. I also got to model for them!

Photo: Boutique 1861

Photo: Boutique 1861

In the fall, I decided to sign up for the Miss Teenage Quebec qualifiers because I was looking for a new way to step out of my comfort zone. I didn’t know what to expect and was ecstatic to find myself named Miss Teenage Quebec. I’ve always been an involved volunteer, whether through my high school or my synagogue youth group, and I’m really excited for this opportunity to become even more active in my community. I’m also very grateful for the voice I’ve been given, so that I can raise awareness for eating disorders.

That’s a little bit about me! Stay tuned for my pageant story! -Clara

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