Hey, ladies!! I was recently honored with the title of Miss Teenage South Eastern Ontario and I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to be a title holder. I never thought I would ever participate in a pageant let alone come in 3rd place. I remember being there and seeing all the other girls and wondering why I thought I even had a chance but, something magical happened when they called my name during the crowning ceremony. Allow me to introduce myself and to give you some insight on what my blog is going to be about.

Group Photo! Miss Teenage Canada provincial competition.

Group Photo! Miss Teenage Canada provincial competition.

A Little Bit About Me…

I’m from Ajax, Ontario, a beautiful suburb about 30 minutes from downtown Toronto. Home to about 109, 600 people, Ajax is brimming with opportunities to grow, help, and connect with the diverse members of the community. At my high school, I’m part of an all-female a capella group called the Femtones. We sing at school and community events and went on to win gold at the MusicFest Canada National Competition.  I am also an active member of the theatre community at PHS. Just this year, I directed two comedy sketches, acted in one play, and am currently rehearsing for my school’s musical.  I’ve accepted my offer from York University and will be going there to study Theatre in the fall. At home, I’m the fourth of 6 girls in my family. My three older sisters have 8 kids between them and my younger sisters are twins who just turned 13. My older sisters all live on their own which is probably for the best. A house of 3 teenage girls is a full house indeed. We often argue and I wouldn’t say that sharing the bathroom is something we’re too good at but, we love each other all the same.  Sometimes, me and my sisters will sing and play guitar or ukulele together which is always fun. Another fun fact, my first name is hyphenated. Now most people don’t believe me at first but, since my great-great- grandmother on my father’s side was named Princess, my parents named me Princess-Adanna. My friends all like to joke that I truly live up to my name.

Me and three of my cast mates performing as Dynamites in our high school's 2016 production of "Hairspray"

Me and three of my cast mates performing as Dynamites in our high school’s 2016 production of “Hairspray”

A few of the femetones and our director after our performance at a Caribbean festival last summer

A few of the femetones and our director after our performance at a Caribbean festival last summer

I Love Helping People

I know that this has become a bit of a cliché but, I really do consider it to be an integral part of my character. As soon as I turned 16, I became an organ donor. Knowing that if something were to happen to me that I could help save someone’s life is very important to me. In the summer of 2015, I participated in a Me to We build trip to Tanzania which was absolutely incredible (more on that in a later post). Lastly, in grade 11, I completed a co-op placement at my local hospital in the Maternal/Newborn Unit and learned a lot about women’s health as well as the nursing profession. It was this co-op placement that inspired me to become a nurse and to start my non-profit organization, Crimson Wings.

The people who I went to Tanzania with all became great friends after the trip

The people who I went to Tanzania with all became great friends after the trip

While doing my co-op, I got to wear scrubs like all the other nurses. They were suuuper comfy.

While doing my co-op, I got to wear scrubs like all the other nurses. They were suuuper comfy.

Crimson Wings

Every year, people run food drives, gather old clothes, and collect toys to send to homeless shelters and food banks. However, on thing that people don’t often think to donate is menstrual products. This crossed my mind a few months ago and I knew that I had to do something about it. I decided to start Crimson Wings as a club at my school. It’s taken a while but, the wheels are slowly beginning to turn. We’ll be running our first “pad drive” next week and I’m so excited for us to eventually grow into a non-profit organization with chapters across Canada.

The Crimson Wings logo designed by my little sister

The Crimson Wings logo designed by my little sister

I’m so excited to share more about myself and to learn about you in the comment section. Communication is really important to me so feel free to tell me anything! Thank you all for following me on this incredible journey. I’ll be sure to write as often as I can.

Much love,

Adanna

Miss Teenage South Eastern Ontario

 

Written by: Adanna

One Response to Hello from Adanna, Miss Teenage South Eastern Ontario 2017

  1. Kelysa Chambers says:

    Congrats on your first title, I hope there are more in your future. #firstblackmissteenagecanada ❤

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