To start out I would just like to say that this was one of the best weekends I have ever had and I met 12 other beautiful, talented and amazing young ladies! It was an experience I’ll never forget!

The Miss Teen Saskatchewan Regional Pageant was held at the Radisson hotel in Saskatoonon Saturday, March 24th and Sunday, March 25th, 2012. My parents picked my sisters and I up at our school on Friday afternoon so we could be there to get settled in to our room and get a good night’s sleep before the big day ahead. We arrived inSaskatoon in the lightly falling snow and made our way through the city to the beautiful Raddison Hotel. When I walked into the hotel it was so gorgeous and elegant, like a real princess’ castle! I knew that this was going to be a great experience! Since I was pretty tired, the only thing I did that night was head up to my room for some rest.

Saturday Morning! Ready to head downstairs!

Saturday morning I woke up bright and early to get ready for the big day ahead! I got dressed, styled my hair, did my make up and of course ate breakfast (the most important meal of the day)! Then I headed down to registration at00:00am. After registration my Mom had to go and I was on my own for the day! I entered the room and was one of the first girls in there. I sat down with my suitcase that had my clothes and shoes in it and waited as all the other girls entered the room. As each one entered we all introduced ourselves to each other and by the time everyone had entered it felt like we had known each other forever! After we had chatted for a few minutes, Michelle came to talk to us about the next few days and what we would be doing. Next, she introduced us to our choreographer, Shawn Cuffie, and he took us from there. Shawn first taught us how to stand correctly and walk correctly in our heels. About half way through the day we started learning our opening number for the show! Being a dancer myself, it was pretty exciting to learn and perform! Next, Shawn taught us how to sit properly and helped us with some public speaking skills for the interview segment and our platforms. We were served a delicious lunch and were back at it within an hour! Shawn helped us through our walks for the swimsuit and evening gown numbers which was very exciting! At about3:00last year’s titleholders were arriving at the hotel and sat down with us for a quick Q&A which helped a lot during the pageant the following night! More rehearsals then our preliminary swimsuit competition. After the swimsuits, we had to start getting ready for the interview segment. Once we had all finished our interviews, we were let go for the day! I was the second to do my interview and it went really great! After I had taken all my things back up to the room, we had a delicious dinner then hit the hay because another amazing day was waiting for me right around the corner!

On Sunday morning, everyone received a “not so pleasant” wake up call, as the fire alarms were going off all over the hotel! The loud screeching woke me up at around 4:30amand my sister hollered at me to get out of bed because the fire alarms were going off! And to our convenience we happened to be on the 12th floor, so we went down 12 flights of stairs to the lobby where we waited for about 45 minutes. It turns out the fire wasn’t serious so we could all go back up to our rooms! I was just so glad I had all my family safe and sound with me the whole time! What a morning that was!

Opening Number!

We all went upstairs on Sunday where we saw the stage for the first time and backstage where we would change between numbers. I was so excited for the show but nervous at the same time! All the girls were really supportive of me and I was to them as well! Shawn then taught us the rest of the choreography for the opening number and we finished early! The first province to so far!!! Congrats girls! Soon enough the hair and makeup artists arrived at the hotel and we each patiently waited for our chance to have our hair styled so beautifully by the incredibly, talented hairstylists. Once we were all finished with hair and makeup we had our dress rehearsal and the show nearing. We were all getting a little nervous but so excited to show our stuff to our friends and family, as well as the judges, who were all there to support us! The show began and it ran so smoothly!

When it came to the crowning portion I began to get a little nervous! As we all anxiously awaited the results of the judging, Michelle stepped forward to announce that…we would all be eligible to attend the national Miss Teen Canada-World pageant inTorontothis summer!!! Because of our high scores we were all eligible to participate in the national pageant!

Crowning Moment!

I was so shocked and excited! So many emotions going through my body and as they called my name to give me my crown and bouquet! I stood there as they called each girls name, a smile of pure happiness plastered across my face! And finally they called the Miss Teen Saskatchewan-World 2012 which was awarded to Savanagh Walker! Savanagh totally deserves her title and I wish her all the best! After we had all been crowned we stood for what seemed like hours having pictures taken of us for all who attended. My family was there waiting proudly to give me hugs and congratulations! I wouldn’t have been able to do this without them and I thank them so much for everything they have done for me! Family really is everything!

A picture with my family after the show!

Well this is my summary of my provincial pageant experience and you can definitely look forward to a national pageant experience summary after the Miss Teen Canada-World pageant inTorontothis summer! Thank you all for your support!

Xoxo, Dakota

Written by: Dakota Cooke

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