Hello, I’m Emily Bland from Central Newfoundland.
I’m a 16 year old A student who is currently attending Exploits Valley High in Grand Falls-Windsor. This July I have been given the amazing opportunity to represent Newfoundland and Labrador at the Miss Teen Canada World pageant. I gained this opportunity by competing in the Miss Teen Newfoundland and Labrador (where I placed 2nd runner up). This was truly an amazing experience. Its things like this that make you realize that, you can do anything you put your mind to.
My Involvement In My Town
After school I spend most of my time in the gym. Either coaching, sports practices, or working out. In the summer I coach soccer,along with playing beach volleyball, track and field, working out at the YMCA and also running. During the school year, I am on the basketball, volleyball, floor hockey, running, and competitive cheerleading teams. When I’m not at the gym I spend most of my time volunteering, especially with kids. Also I am involved with piano and many other school clubs and activities. And recently I have been spending most of my time assisting with the Miss GrandFalls-Windsor, and created the first ever Little Miss and Mister GrandFalls -Windsor.
I have spent my life constantly involved with many different sports activities and doing many different things to help shape me into the girl I am today. My special training includes lessons in voice, piano, art, karate, swimming, sewing, and ballet. Also I have participated in the school band and choir, and completed my WHMIS course, and the St.John’s Ambulance First Aid Course. I have been a member of regional sports teams and attended volleyball and basketball camps at Saint Mary’s and Dalhousie University. I recently completed my first level coaching for soccer and the Teen Weight Training Course.
The Thrill of Competition
Throughout the last few years my competitive drive and will to always do my best have lead me to many awards. They include becoming the reigning Miss Teen Central Newfoundland 2010-2011, Most Photogenic – Miss Teen Central Newfoundland, People’s Choice Award – Miss Teen Newfoundland, 2ndRunner-up at Miss Grand Falls-Windsor 2010-2011, many awards in the Kiwanis Music Festival, Over 30 medals in sports (including volleyball, basketball, floor hockey, and competitive cheerleading), many sports awards (including Player of the Game, Sportsmanship, and MVP) nominated for the Ray Palumer Technology Award, and the Female Athlete of the Year Award, and elected onto the student council. Also in the Cayley Math Competition (2010) I placed top in EVH second in Central and high overall in Newfoundland and Labrador, in Grade 8 I placed second in the GAUSS Math Competition, in Grade 7 I placed 5th in Newfoundland and Labrador and in the top 5% in Canada, this year I competed in Regional math competitions which gained me and 3 others the chance to compete in the Senior High Provincial Math Competition where we placed 5th. I have eared Honors with Distinction (Grade 7-9) and Honours (Grade 10), and Principal’s List (Grade 10-11). Also I have competed in the Central Newfoundland Visual Arts Society where I placed 1st once, 2nd twice, and a honorable mention once. I have also completed Level 3 and 4 in the Royal Conservatory Exam.
Extra Curricular Activities
Everyday I love to keep my self busy. My extra-curricular activities include, piano, sewing,swimming, social actions, voice, competitive cheerleading, coaching basketball volleyball and soccer, running club, sparks and brownies, public speaking, tutoring, helping school plays and assemblies, student leadership, student council, basketball, volleyball, floor hockey, and soccer. Also I have many other hobbies. They include, reading, going to the YMCA, ski-dooing, traveling, photography, creating videos (for sports teams, events and school projects), sea-dooing, wake boarding, water skiing, knee boarding, working with children, and traveling.
When ever I am interview I find that the same question always comes up, if you could tell our youth anything, what would it be? I find myself always going back to two things. If you want something go get it, it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from, if you want to achieve something you can. And the second one is, be yourself, flaunt your quarks, because that is what makes you beautiful. I live by both of these motto’s everyday. And truthfully I think everyone should. We spend too much time worrying about our looks, fitting in, an complaining because things don’t always go right.
My hometown is Grand Falls-Windsor. Home of the Salmon Ladder, Salmon Fest, and a well spirited community that stands behind it’s youth. My town has been truly amazing so far in my preparation to MTCW and I am sure tat they will continue to support me. So many places in my town have sponsored me, and also agreed to help me out with advertising and photo shoots. Without them this journey wouldn’t be possible.
Well that is a little about me, quarks and all, its who I am. If you would like to learn more you can visit me on face book, or follow me on twitter.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank a superb baker of healthy snacks, Shasha Bread Co, and the organizers of the Miss Teen Canada pageant. A special thanks also goes to the Internet marketing firm PageOne for helping me with this great blog!