Coming to you from Canada’s beautiful chocolate town, St Stephen NB, I am 17 year old Sarah – Miss Teenage Maritimes 2015. This year has been by far the biggest chapter in my life.
In a short span of two weeks I will be throwing my cap in the air and saying good bye once and for all to the place that made me the person I am today, St. Stephen High School. There I accomplished honors, lead my team with sports and acted proudly upon the lit up stage. I found out who my friends were, and who my friends were not. I branched off and joined Bully Blockers and GSA to defend those who did not have a voice of their own. I developed personally who I want to be, and in this real world who exactly I want to become. It will be difficult to say good-bye to friends, teachers, coaches, and staff but I am ready to take the next step from home and attend the University of New Brunswick-Fredericton. There I will focus my studies on Kinesiology and am hopeful to pursue a career as a Physiotherapist one day.Not only get to study my highest interest, but also play Rugby for the university of my dreams.
They say home is where your heart is at, I cant help but believe it is true. I have two loving, supporting parents. They have both been extremely approachable and willing to lend a hand in whatever this year has brought me. I have three brothers: Nick, Gage and Kael who do well at supporting things they don’t exactly know much about like pageants. But still bring a smile on their face, even when we travel province to province in a crammed vehicle. Although there is quite an age gap between my brothers and I we all have our own unique relationships. The oldest taught me to stand up for what you believe in no matter how ridiculous you sound, the middle taught me that it is okay to be different and the youngest taught me it is okay to bring your stuffed animal to school everyday no matter your age and without washing it. Whether we have a comedic relationship, or a sentimental one I would not change them for anything. We surly classify as the Canadian Griswold’s.
Stepping outside of school limits I have worked closely with two special charities dealing with chronically ill children for the past three years. One being the IWK make a wish foundation. Over the span of three years I have volunteered my time at carnivals, tea parties , making supper for patients along with their parents at the Ronald McDonald house and presenting checks to the foundation. Another charity I volunteer for is called Workers 4 Wishes. This is a non-profit organization out of Saint John New Brunswick that allows chronically ill children their wish. This past Christmas I help with a twenty-four hour room renovation, and hand delivered Christmas presents to an eighteen year old suffering a brain tumor. My latest project has allowed me to design a route for a 5K run/walk I am planning for Free the Children. I am proud of the work I have done, and will continue throughout my existence.
They say ” In order to see a rainbow, one must learn to deal with the rain”. Throughout the course of this year, I have defiantly seen my fair share of rain storms. In relation to this, I cant help but pat my self on the back for overcoming, and fighting the rain. Over the span of seventeen months I lost three grandparents unexpectedly. Not only were they sincerely close to me, they were my biggest motivators and my loudest sideline voices. Putting aside the tragic events, I knew I had to keep up with my studies, sports, extra curricular activates, scholarship applications and this pageant. Not because I wanted to, or emotionally thought I could handle it, but because it was what each and everyone of those overly proud grandparents of mine would have wanted. I thank them everyday for giving me my rainbow.
This year I have brought home several awards for my involvement in sports, drama and academics. Its bittersweet my High School years are shortly wasting away, but I would not change a thing. As Miss Teenage Maritime 2015 I have represented my Maritimes with class, and elegancy whether it is a school or in the community. I am proud to wear the crown upon my head, and the sash around me and it shows. I am proud to have embarked such a remarkable footprint not only on St. Stephen High, but with my brothers, community, province and hopefully the Maritimes. Thank you for taking this journey with me.