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

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On Saturday, May 5th, 2012 I attended the Saskatchewan Country Music Association (SCMA) show held in Maple Creek! The show featured many amazing artists that have so much talent! I was fortunate enough to help announce some things throughout the night and help with raffle and 50/50 tickets. This was my first event I attended with sash and crown which was very exciting! I was invited to attend this event by a friend of mine who also performed throughout the night. Jordana Vos Jans is a growing, young country music singer and songwriter. She is a very talented young lady who is sure to go far with her career and dreams! Jordana performed during the Youth Hour at the event covering multiple country star’s songs and also performing an original! Many other impressive artists attended the show which made the night of dancing and of course listening, unforgettable! Here are some pictures from the night!

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On Wednesday, April 18th, 2012 my school had it’s annual “Anti-Bullying Day”! We were asked to dress in all pink to support the day! Anti-Bullying Day is a very important day for me and I feel that it makes a big impact on everyone who is aware of it. On Anti-Bullying Day I wore my full outfit of pink to show my support and was overwhelmed by all the other supporters at my school! For those of you who don’t know the story of the “wear pink to support anti-bullying” here it is: In 2007, a young man in high school wore a pink shirt to school but soon was bullied for wearing it. When two older students saw the bullying, they decided to wear pink shirts to school the next day as well. They stood up to the bully and stood next to the victim. The two students then bought more pink shirts and encouraged other students to wear them as well. Soon the whole school was wearing pink shirts to stand up to the bully and bullying in general, to send the message that bullying isn’t OK and we need to take the responsibility of trying to stop it. The story is very moving and inspirational to me and to many more in the world. So, during the day I took some pictures of the supporters at my school and I would like to share them with you all! Always remember to stand tall against bullies and help the victims build themselves up!

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Hello, My name is Dakota Cooke and I am Miss Teen Southwestern Saskatchewan-World 2012! I am thirteen years old and live on a farm/ranch about thirty minutes outside a small town called Tompkins. I have grown up at our ranch my whole life and have enjoyed the quiet, rural areas of southwest Saskatchewan! I’m currently enrolled in eighth grade at Hazlet School in the small village of Hazlet. I started attending Hazlet School when I was in sixth grade and spent my elementary years at Tompkins School. Switching schools has allowed me to make many new friends and given me many new opportunities but I will never forget my old school or the friends I made there. I like to spend my spare time dancing, practicing gymnastics, riding my horse, and spending time with my animals, friends and family! I enjoy lending a hand to anyone in need and try my best to help in all situations to the best of my ability. I have been taking gymnastics classes for the past five years and just recently finished off my first season of provincial gymnastics! Gymnastics is a sport that I am very passionate about and dedicated to! I love spending time at the gym training with my friends and having a great time!

Family

My family has supported me fully throughout all that I have been through and still continue to do so every minute of every day! I am very close with my parents as well as my siblings! I have one older brother, Brady. One older sister, Madison. And lastly one younger sister, Virginia. My childhood has consisted of almost any adventure you could imagine with these crazy siblings of mine! Currently, my two sisters still live at home with my parents and I, while my brother has moved out to the neighboring city of Swift Current where he lives with his girlfriend, son and roommate. That brings me to my next point of introducing you to my cute, little nephew Chase! I am so proud to be an aunty and am enjoying every minute of watching Chase grow up so close to me! I hope to inspire him in his growing years to always believe in himself and follow his dreams as I continue to do today!

Platform

Blue dress, crown, Dakota Cooke

My platform is to build self esteem in today’s youth throughout the world! I strongly believe in youth having positive self esteem because that is what fuels the ambition in their everyday lives and pushes them to follow their dreams and become the best person they can possibly be! Having a positive body image is a concern among today’s youth, especially teenagers who struggle with their bodies changing and feeling pressures about their body from others. I feel that since I am one of the younger contestants I will be able to relate to younger children and teens as well as being mature enough to interact with older teens to discuss issues relating to self esteem. I am excited to speak about my platform and to inform as many people about the issue as I can!

Thank You!

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In conclusion of my introductory blog post I would like to thank, from the bottom of my heart, everyone (family, friends, sponsors, community members, teachers and many more) who have supported me so far on my journey to becoming the next Miss Teen Canada-World! Your support has motivated me to keep going and never give up on my dreams and goals! Special thank you to the Miss Teen Canada-World staff who helped me set up my blog and to Michelle Weswaldi for guiding me on my path so far! Thank you everyone!

Goodbye for now and stay tuned as updates are posted throughout my reigning year!

Dakota xoxo

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