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In the summer my family has done a program for many years by the name of Canada Linc. This program brings teen students from Spain to my city of Brantford to learn English by staying with a Canadian, English speaking family. I am so lucky to say that my family has hosted 6 students and each of them has been completely fabulous! This year, we were blessed enough to get an adorable 17 year old girl from Valencia, Spain, named Eva, and after living with her for less than 2 weeks, I can confidently say she is one of my best friends. I think it is important to immerse yourself in a different culture like Eva is doing to have a greater understanding of the world, and broader your horizon. On the other hand, I think it is important to host kids like this, as you can learn just as much from them as they do from you. For example, I would have never have thought that not everybody takes pills in Ibiza like Mike Posner’s song exclaimed, as Eva explained to me that although her beach house is located in Ibiza, she has never taken a pill there. (I’m kidding!) Plus, it’s a great way to make friends. Just this morning I woke up to snapchats from two of the Spanish students inviting me to the movies. Anyways, there will be more updates of what I am up to coming up! Nationals are coming up fast, and I hope to meet more people from different ethnicities and cultures while I am there like I get to do with this program.

My family (minus my older sister) picking up Eva for the first time! We made a sign haha!

My family (minus my older sister) picking up Eva for the first time! We made a sign haha!

Adios,
Lacy
Miss Teenage Brantford 2016

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Canada sure is getting old isn’t it? 149 years old today! If we were to make a cake, we would have to buy 3 of those candles that have the numbers rather then the usual 1 or 2! That’s when you know you’re getting old! Well, this morning, I dressed up in my Italian village costume and went to Lion’s Park, a big area where lots of fun events go down. I was able to be an honour guard with the other ambassadors and co-ambassadors for the citizens who are undergoing a reaffirmation ceremony. I even joined in on the pledge, and I’m glad I am a reaffirmed Canadian! Canada is such a wonderful country, where the population is known for genuine kindness, freedom, and pride. I am hopeful in becoming Miss Teenage Canada 2016 so that I can give Canada a representative that will do their best to encompass the spirit of such a wonderful country. Anyways, later today I will head back the park with my sash and crown to hand out plastic crowns to some little girls because Canada is about giving. Have a great Canada day!

Who would have thought Italy and India were close? Just hanging out with the Indian ambassador, Rimmel at the reaffirmation ceremony!

Who would have thought Italy and India were close? Just hanging out with the Indian ambassador, Rimmel at the reaffirmation ceremony!

Until next time,

Lacy

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Hey Everyone!

Happy Saturday! This week I started driving school and I am so excited because I get my G2 on July 12th, so I am going to be cruising all around town! But I guess that is why I haven’t posted for a bit. The classes are almost 6 hours after school twice a week, and combine that with exams coming up plus summatives, I am barely scraping by right now. However, because of this extremely stressful period in teenagers lives this month, I decided that this post should be one surrounding how to stay healthy even when there is no time. Yes, of course it would be much easier after for example, basketball practice and a long day at school to stop at McDonalds and pick up a big mac for dinner, or another form of fast food loaded with fats and sodium, even I am guilty of that! But there are other options! Some of my favourite take out meals in my city that are better for you are pita pit, subway, Quan 99 (a Vietnamese place that sells the best vermicelli!), or even a quick stop at farm boy for a wrap. Although not always am I feeling like those, so today I am going to share with you some of my favourite recipes because I love cooking, and I love spreading health awareness! I am Miss Teenage Brantford 2016, and I approve these recipes!

For breakfast, I generally will have a smoothie. My mom buys a whole bunch of different things to try putting in them for health benefits like shellfish powder, wheatgrass powder, and many different protein supplements. But for this recipe, I am going to give you the basis of what I put in, and then you can choose what strange extras that you want to add in.

Lacey’s Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 cup almond milk

Handful of frozen strawberries

1 teaspoon honey

1 teaspoon cocoa powder

Procedure:

Put all your ingredients into a blender and blend until they are a smoothie consistency, thicker than water, but not as thick as frosting. Then just pour and serve, and it tastes just like a chocolate covered strawberry! With the almond milk instead of regular milk, you wont feel as hungry because of the protein from the almonds.

Chocolate-Strawberry-Smoothie

Then for a snack I often will throw a handful of nuts into a container and throw it in my backpack for school and munch on then during second period. At lunch, I change it up quite often! Soups, sandwiches, salads, I eat all the s words! One of my favourites is this recipe for a Chickpea Salad!

Lacey’s Chickpea Salad

Ingredients:

1 19Oz can chickpeas

Handful fresh herb like parsley or cilantro

1 teaspoon dried basil

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon cumin

1 tablespoon olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Handful of lettuce

1 tomato

½ cup kefir milk or yogurt or plain yogurt

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon sesame oil

1 teaspoon sesame seeds

Procedure:

First preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. On a baking sheet put down a line of parchment paper. Then in a medium bowl, mix chickpeas with olive oil, basil, oregano, cumin, salt, and pepper. One chickpeas are covered, pour them over the baking sheet and spread them out. Cook in the oven for 10 minutes. While they are cooking, chop herbs and put them in the greasy bowl to soak up the rest of the spices. Then in another bowl, mix the milk, sesame oil, lemon juice, garlic, and salt. Take chickpeas out of the oven, sprinkle with the chopped herbs and put back in the oven for another 10 minutes. Prepare your plate with washed lettuce, put some chopped tomatoes on that, and once your chickpea mixture has finished cooking, place them over top. Finally, top with the sauce in long rows, and garnish with sesame seeds. Delicious!

chickpea salad

Dinner in my house is never organized! From my dad coaching two basketball teams, my mom working late, and my older sister working the evening shift, there is never time to prepare dinner. In many cases, I will prepare foods such as chili, or soups, freeze them, and then reheat them during dinner. So the next recipe is for my favourite meal, dessert! I am a total chocoholic; hence this next recipe is made with chocolate!

Black Bean Brownies

Ingredients

1 15 oz. can black beans, well rinsed and drained

3 large flax eggs (2 heaping tablespoons flax seed meal + 6 tablespoons water)

3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted (or sub other oil of choice)

3/4 cup cocoa powder

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/2 cup organic cane sugar, slightly ground or pulsed in a food processor or coffee grinder for refined texture

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

Optional toppings: crush walnuts, pecans or semisweet chocolate chips

Procedure

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease a standard muffin pan. Make sure you’ve rinsed and thoroughly drained your black beans. Prepare flax egg by combining flax and water in the bowl of the food processor. Pulse a couple times and then let rest for a few minutes. Add remaining ingredients (besides walnuts or other toppings) and puree – about 3 minutes – scraping down sides as needed. You want it pretty smooth. If the batter appears too thick, add a tablespoon or two of water and pulse again. It should be slightly less thick than chocolate frosting but nowhere close to runny. Evenly distribute the batter into the muffin tin and smooth the tops with a spoon or your finger. Optional: Sprinkle with crushed walnuts, pecans or chocolate chips. Bake for 20-26 minutes or until the tops are dry and the edges start to pull away from the sides. Mine are about 24 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 30 minutes before removing from pan. They will be tender, so remove gently with a fork!

The-Ultimate-Black-Bean-Brownies

The last recipe is based off of Minimalist Baker, a blog online, so search her up! She has great recipes that are great for you! Anyways, I hope you if you try out these recipes, that you’ll love them as much as I do! Have a great weekend!

Got to go eat some brownies now,

Lacy

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Can you guess what today is?! Well, if you looked at the title I figure it kind of gives it away, but today is my birthday! 17 years ago today I was born in Brantford General Hospital at 3:57 a.m. So that makes me 17 today, I’m finally the dancing queen!

This morning when I went into my English class everybody sang happy birthday, and then in history right after they did as well! Next, my mom took me out for lunch. In my third period class which was fitness, we ran an obstacle course, but the class thought it would be funny to nominate me to run it first since it was my birthday, and during the monkey bar obstacle I fell! I obviously was okay because I’m tough, but it was quite humourous at the time, especially to happen on my birthday. Then, in my biology period the whole class wished me happy birthday! Finally, after school my sister took me to Starbucks and brought me home and now I am writing this!

I guess this blog isn’t really that interesting, but I thought I would let you know about my day because I really appreciate all the people in my life and what they do for me! So thank you to everyone who wished me happy birthday today and I hope your day was as wonderful as mine!

This morning on my way to school! I'm wearing the new shirt my mom bought me on Sunday! My sister better keep her eyes on the road!

This morning on my way to school! I’m wearing the new shirt my mom bought me on Sunday! My sister better keep her eyes on the road!

Until next time,
Lacy
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Hey everyone!

Welcome back to my blog! The last few weeks have been great! First of all, I would like to mention the event that I put on last Friday night! It was amazing! We had a great turnout and everyone looked like they were having so much fun! I have lists of people I could thank, but the real MVP’s of the night were my parents, for helping everything run smoothly. Not to mention we raised an incredible amount for Free the Children and for the relief fund for Fort McMurray!

I made sure to give hugs to everyone!

I made sure to give hugs to everyone!

Just me and little Lucas hangin out.

Just me and little Lucas hanging out.

Big sis and I foolin' around on the dance floor.

Big sis and I foolin’ around on the dance floor.

Next, last Wednesday my high school senior girls’ rugby team won city championships! There was some great competition; a grade 12 student who plays on team Canada was on the team we had to face in city finals! This just shows that the amount of dedication and determination our team put in managed to overcome such a hard obstacle and I am so proud of all the girls! The junior girls also won city championships, for the 11th year in a row, and for us seniors it was the 8th year in a row! This massive success in the program is due to the fantastic coaching the has happened ever since the start of the program by Ms. Grierson, Mr. Martin, Ms. Link, and Ms. Vance!

This pic was taken after the win! We were so happy!

This pic was taken after the win! We were so happy!

Also this week I found out that I was accepted into Link Crew, a program where senior students are leaders of a group of new grade nines to help them feel welcome and show them the reigns of high school! As well I was chosen as a co-op student for Brantford General Hospital in the Day Surgery unit! A few weeks ago I had an interview with the nurse in that unit in addition to 2 students from every school in Brantford, 12 people in total, and I got it! This is so exciting for me because it makes me feel one step closer to being a surgeon! I am able to sit in on surgery, prep patients, view x-rays, run some physical therapy exercises, and so much more! But the best part is, I get to use the terms I learned from Grey’s Anatomy because that’s a reality for me now, “Can I scrub in on this surgery, Dr. Shepherd?”

This will be me in a few months when I start! My friend Kate also got a co-op working in emergency and so we better go scrub shopping soon, because I don't got no scrubs! *sings no scrubs by TLC*

This will be me in a few months when I start! My friend Kate also got a co-op working in emergency and so we better go scrub shopping soon, because I don’t got no scrubs! *sings no scrubs by TLC*

In other news, I did a presentation on the Russian Revolution in my history class, and one focus point that I talked about was the execution of the Romanov family, the royals in early 20th century Russia. When doing this I noticed quite an interesting connection. One of the daughters, Maria Romanov, looks quite similar to me! But she couldn’t possibly be connected to me because I am Italian, not Russian, right? Wrong! I used my internet surfing skills and found a very reliable source known as Wikipedia to see that the House of Medici, was “connected to most other elite families of the time through marriages of Ghica, Cantacuzene, Romanov…” The Medici family was an extremely powerful family in Italy, and when I visited Italy last summer, I even visited the art gallery of all the works the family collected, called the Uffizi gallery which included pieces made by Botticelli, Rafael, and even Michelangelo! I get chills just thinking back to that place because there was so much history and the art was absolutely stunning! But anyways, back to the point, I do have a conspiracy theory that I could possibly be related to both royal families in Russia and Italy.

On one side is Maria Romanov and on the other side is me out to dinner, can you figure out which is which?

On one side is Maria Romanov and on the other side is me out to dinner, can you figure out which is which?

This leads into another exciting event that happened in the last week as well! Due to my Italian roots I was able to become the co-ambassador for the Italian village and so one of my duties was to walk in the procession of the Madonna Festa carrying the banner for the village, and it was so fun! Back in Reggio Calabria, where mia famiglia in Italy is from, there is a tradition of having a procession with the statue of Madonna Della Libera. I was happy to be a part of something that celebrates where I am from because there is nothing better then feeling connected to who you are and your heritage.

I am on the left and the lovely other co-ambassador Emily is on the right!

I am on the left and the lovely other co-ambassador Emily is on the right!

Another exciting thing that happened was just yesterday I was able to go to the university of Waterloo and get ready for this, view and touch actual cadavers! It was one of the most interesting things I have ever done in my entire life, and I am so grateful for the experience. I held a real human brain and heart in my hands. A person’s entire personality, secrets, thoughts were in my hands. That experience was one of the coolest things ever!

But I would say the most eventful day I had was when I went on a hike with my mom and younger sister, and we happened to have a crazy experience. Well, we were almost done our walk after visiting a waterfall, and the very last few steps were on an angled path that if you slipped, you would fall off the edge onto about a 25-foot drop. So guess what happened. My mom slipped. I called 911, and as I am on the phone, my little sister thought it would be a good idea to jump after her! As I’m talking, I hear laughing, so they are okay, and they say they don’t need an ambulance, thus I hang up the phone and rush down there (not by jumping like my little sister did). It was terrifying at the time and I must have had heart palpitations *note the medical term for heart skipping a beat which I learned from Grey’s Anatomy*, but I did what the obvious person would do, I took some pics.

So here they are after the fall. Check out those cuts on their legs and the crazy rocks behind them! They're lucky to be alive! Thank you God!

So here they are after the fall. Check out those cuts on their legs and the jagged rocks behind them! They’re lucky to be alive! Thank you God!

Luckily my big sister didn’t come with us and scrape her legs too because it was her prom last night and she looked drop dead gorgeous so take a look at her in her dress! WOW!

I can't even comprehend that a human can look like that! She looks like a stunning mermaid to me!

I can’t even comprehend that a human can look like that! She looks like a stunning mermaid to me!

So I guess that is what happened in my wild life this week, thanks for reading and I hope you have a great week! These next few days are going to be the last that I am 16, so it will be the final times I can sing 16 going on 17 from the sound of music and feel connected to it, hence I am a little sad. But I am also super excited to begin my year as the dancing queen as Abba describes 17!

Talk to you later,

Lacy

Miss Teenage Brantford 2016

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Hey everyone,

I hope you all had a wonderful mother’s day! I know my mom and I sure did! Chocolate, breakfast in bed, flowers, and handmade cards are just some of the things she woke up to, but I think she just liked my sister and I’s hugs the most. Then we headed over to the Bell Homestead where my older sister was volunteering for a history project. If you didn’t know, my hometown, Brantford, is actually home to Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone! Yes, Wayne Gretzky and Alexander Graham Bell were from Brantford, crazy right? But I think this town needs another person to make a huge difference in the world. *Casually gestures in my own direction to initiate the thought that it could be me* But anyways, after we visited Kiana, the family and I headed to Paris, a city just a little outside of Brantford, and had lunch at a lovely café called the Brown Dog that looks out onto the waterfront of the Grand River. Then we came home and I cooked my mother a casserole of one of her favourite comfort foods: vegan shepherd’s pie! But since my mom is an early riser, she can barely stay up past 8! So at 7 o’clock she went upstairs to bed and that was the end of mother’s day for her!

Here is a little photo I snapped of my mom and dad, they are absolutely adorable together! My mom sometimes says that I don't express myself enough when writing so I thought I would write her a little something special for mother's day. Her card read this, "Something about your hugs makes me feel so comforted and loved more than anyone else's hugs in the world. You never let me feel less than perfect because you refuse to give up on me no matter what. You never shoot down my dreams when I say I want to be supermodel doctor pilot chef prime minister author. You even inspire me to shoot for the stars. You are my best friend that I have a bond that cannot be broken with. Every moment I experience I cant wait to share it with you, good or bad. I am so grateful for you! And you mean the world to me. Happy Mother's Day Mom I love you!"

Here is a little photo I snapped of my mom and dad, they are absolutely adorable together! My mom sometimes says that I don’t express myself enough when writing so I thought I would write her a little something special for mother’s day. Her card read this, “Something about your hugs makes me feel so comforted and loved more than anyone else’s hugs in the world. You never let me feel less than perfect because you refuse to give up on me no matter what. You never shoot down my dreams when I say I want to be supermodel doctor pilot chef prime minister author. You even inspire me to dream big and shoot for the stars. You are my best friend that I have a bond that cannot be broken with. Every moment I experience I cant wait to share it with you, good or bad. I am so grateful for you! And you mean the world to me. Happy Mother’s Day Mom I love you!”

But other than mother’s day, I have lots to tell you about my previous week. I took a trip down to McMaster Children’s Hospital last Monday, and saw the orthopedic surgeon who I used to visit regularly when I was younger. She told me that I would most likely be in a wheelchair before I was 20. Still at 16 going on 17 *sound of music soundtrack starts playing*, I haven’t shown any signs of deterioration that would show that I would be in a wheelchair anytime soon. Then on Wednesday I was able to greet people at the Brantford Golf and Country Club for the Power of the Purse Event, organized by Shannon McMannis. Over dinner women were given valuable money management tips from influential women in the business world. I’d like to think that perhaps I was invited to be at the event because I myself am an influential woman, but due to the fact that while I am writing this, I am also crunching down on a bag of Doritos makes me reconsider the whole “Influential Women” thing and more like “Normal Teenager”.

Thank you Shannon for having me at your event! I had a blast!

Thank you Shannon for having me at your event! I had a blast!

My friend and I went on an adventure hike to find waterfalls and we found a huge one that you can even swim in! It’s called Chedoke Falls and its beautiful! Then lastly, earlier today I participated in a dodgeball tournament against other teams from our school. My team went undefeated! Well, not exactly, we played three games and lost two of them but hey, we had the best spirit I am sure! But now that I am thinking about dodgeball, I realize just how tired and beat up my body is feeling right now after rugby, Crossfit class, dodgeball, and then finally teaching basketball, I do not know how my fingers are still moving to write this.

This shot looks really casual but it actually took many takes because I looked out of breath in every pic since it was a hard walk to get to the falls!

This shot looks really casual but it actually took many takes because I looked out of breath in every pic since it was a hard walk to get to the falls!

Lastly, I just wanted to bring attention to some very important issues going on in the news right now across Canada. First of all, I want to mention Attawapiskat.  The suicide crisis that is occurring there makes my heart shatter. Of course I might never know how they feel like, but I know one thing and that is that they need all the hopes and prayers you can send. Next, is obviously the fires in Fort McMurray. All that I know are the horrifying images of the burning city, and I can almost feel the heat radiating off of them. Just imagine someone knocking on your door, telling you that you have 5 minutes to get all of your belongings, then get out of the city as fast as possible. What would you do? What would you bring? Well, my condolences to everyone and very proud of all Canadians that are offering a bed to lay their head, food for the families and the effort of all the first responders. To all citizens of Fort McMurray and the surrounding area, I am thinking of you, and I am praying for you. However, like Newton’s third law, from every action force comes an equal or opposite reaction force, and in this case, from these two negative occurrences, there are many positives as well. For example; I have seen countless posts about Syrian refugees coming to the aid of the fire victims because they know what it is like to have to start over. And when I collected items for members of Attawapiskat community, you should have seen the amount of support that was there! So the way I think of it, is that God has a plan and everything will work out in the end, bigger and stronger than ever before.

I hear that many evacuees had to leave there pets behind. That breaks my heart because I cannot imagine leaving my little Percy Jackson.

I hear that many evacuees had to leave there pets behind. That breaks my heart because I cannot imagine leaving my little Percy Jackson.

Much Love,

Lacy

Miss Teenage Brantford 2016

P.S. Don’t forget about my event on May 20th at the Navy Club, mommas got some good food coming, Mike will be pumping out the tunes, and big big giveaways… message me for tickets!

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In my very first blog post I mentioned how I can sometimes be a little…well…ditsy. And when I said that, I was definitely not lying. Let me tell you why.

So on Friday I thought, how about I go out and try to get some sponsors for my event I am holding later in May?  I made a list of businesses, called my chauffer (aka my sister), and put on my best smile. However, this day did not go as smoothly as I was hoping. My first stop was at a local shop called, “Sweet Bakery,” to meet with the owner, Stacey Farrant, to invite her to my event. As I got out of my limo (and by limo I mean Hyundai Sonata), these two men sitting on a bench outside of Strodes complimented me on my crown. Of course I thanked them and went to the door, but when I looked at the business hours sign hung on the window, I read that it was closed on Sunday and even though it was a Friday, I said to myself, well that stinks, might as well come back tomorrow, and walked away! I thought that it was a Sunday since it was a PA day and I didn’t have to attend school, but it was open and I made a complete U-turn away from the door! Obviously the two men sitting on the bench thought that I was just forgetting something, or made up another reason for why a perfectly normal person would walk up to an open door and then change course and head back the way they came. So, they called me over to ask me what I was up to, and I told them about the event and one of them bought a ticket! Shout out to my new buddy John! Hence, something good did come out of being a little confused. I hopped in my car and told my sister to drive and that we would return later, until the people weren’t still sitting there to wonder even more why I would go to a door twice in a row. When I did go back and see Stacey, she was so nice and so was everybody else I saw that day, including Greg Hunt from Grelin, Jody Martin from Richter Web, Brad Grose from Mattress Miracle, and Susan Baxter.

But one person who has really outdone themselves is Kathy Derus from Mining Your Business. She managed to get my picture on two of the biggest digital billboards in Brantford! If you want to check them out they are on Paris Road and West Street! She is also helping plan the event on May 20th at the Navy Club, make sure you get your tickets fast!

This is one of the billboards...SO COOL!

This is one of the billboards…SO COOL!

Lastly, if you want to catch up with me you can come see me at the Power of the Purse event being held on May 4th at the Brantford Golf and Country Club!

Glad I could finally catch up with you, I’ve been tackling a lot of work lately, in more ways then one because its rugby season so the hottest hangout right now is the rugby pitch! I’ll be sure to write some bonus blogs later in the week, though, because I have a lot to say! So make sure you check back!

I play wing so when the ball gets passed down to me, I get to run it as far as possible! Here is a pic of me carrying the ball!

I play wing so when the ball gets passed down to me, I get to run it as far as possible! Here is a pic of me carrying the ball!

Thanks for reading,

Lacy

Miss Teenage Brantford 2016

P.S. My brother who is in the army will be heading to Alberta next week for training and April 25th was actually his birthday so send him some good vibes!

Here is the classic movie, "Miss Congeniality," mentioning my big bro's birthday.

Here is the classic movie, “Miss Congeniality,” mentioning my big bro’s birthday.

 

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Hey everybody!

Hope you all watched the NCAA finals last Monday! Kris Jenkins’ last shot was absolutely epic! But anyways, this post is going to be a thank you for the most part! As I’m in the middle of planning the fundraiser event on May 20th at the Navy Club in Brantford, I realize how much I’ve been helped. When I first received this title, family and friends were ecstatic to give me a hand up. I have received so much support with donations towards my nationals trip. I just wanted to say thank you to them; to my very first contributer Helen Jonker, to my friend Brian Witteveen who helped find me events and contacts, to my aunt Dot, to my old neighbour Owen, my Godmother Liz Sutherland, Debbie Cummins, Extend Communications, Metro, the Navy Club, Dave Levac, Terry Knight from North Blenheim Insurance, Millards Chartered Professional Accountants, Tom’s Upholstery, Brooks Signs, Tip Top Health Shoppe, Kathy Derus, and the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre! The generosity I have seen while looking for sponsors is absolutely amazing. I am so glad to see the city coming together to support my journey, I couldn’t do it without all of you! Also, the show, “Giovanni and Me,” that was filmed a few weeks ago aired on Rogers! If you didn’t see it, don’t worry because I’ll be posting it on my Facebook page! So go check it out at Miss Teenage Brantford 2016-Lacy! As well as this week, I met with the general manager at Wacky Wings about running a car wash out front of the restaurant and we are going to do one in June so details will come soon but for now make sure your Saturday’s in June are free! Now that I’m closing this post I want you all to wish me luck because the rugby team has our first tournament at Queens University this week! I will be covered in mud but I’ll be sure to bring my sash to get a picture of a muddy princess to capture the moment!
Talk to you next week,
Lacy

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Hello everybody!

So glad to see you all back reading another blog this week! First of all I would like to release some very important news! Friday,  May 20th is going to be a huge fundraiser for Free the Children at the Navy Club in Brantford, 54 Wadsworth Street! This will be a lovely evening filled with music by Mike Stoneman, dancing, dinner, games with prizes,  and raffles, and the best part is that all the funds raised are going to a great cause!

Free the Children is an organization started by Craig Kielburger to help the youth in developing countries like Kenya, India, Sierra Leone, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Haiti, and rural China, by providing food, water, shelter, and food security. I have directly been connected to this international charity because as an elementary school student a few years ago, I was a member of the ME to We club. The goal was to empower young people to give them the ability to take initiative. Through many fundraising activities, we raised enough money to provide a water purification system to a school in Sierra Leone. Thus, this fundraiser event is truly important to me and I hope to see you there!

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Here is an obviously unedited photo of me and my good friend Craig Kielburger. Thanks for being so supportive Craig!

In other news, I contacted Wacky Wings, located at 141 King George Road, and they agreed to let my friends and I run a car wash! The funds raised through this will also be going to Free the Children! Date and time coming soon!

To conclude this weeks blog post, I am ecstatic to announce that this Saturday at 5 p.m. on Rogers TV, the show Giovanni and Me will be premiered featuring me! Last Thursday I was able to use the St.John’s auditorium to film the show and it was a blast! I couldn’t stop laughing, especially at Giovanni’s impersonation of a stick of gum (tune in to see it!) Also, Sarah Rasic and I performed a song for the “talent portion” of the skit, and you cannot miss it! Thanks Giovanni for inviting me to be on the show with you!

Just "Giovanni and Me" goofing around on set!

Just “Giovanni and Me” goofing around on set!

Check back next week to see how this week goes!

Thanks for reading!

Lacy

Miss Teenage Brantford 2016

P.S. I heard it was national dog day over the weekend so here is a picture of my dog and I!

My little Percy, named after my favourite book series; Percy Jackson and The Olympions!

My little Percy, named after my favourite book series; Percy Jackson and The Olympions!


 

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Hello everyone!

As you might have noticed, I missed posting a blog last week, but trust me it wasn’t because I didn’t want to, its just that the last two weeks have been extremely hectic! You see, it was the week before march break so I had to have all my assignments and tests done in order to have a week off. But now that I’m on break, I finally have a chance to post again! So, for this blog, I’m going to tell you all about where I’m at in my life right now!

Other than biology labs and history projects, what does a beauty queen do in her spare time? Well, the last few weeks have been overloaded with rucks and scrums, that’s right, rugby tryouts! It felt great to finally get back to working out after volleyball season finished and now I’m super pumped to work hard and hopefully win the city championship with this new team of senior girls!

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My fellow captain and I embracing after the junior girls rugby team won their 10th consecutive city championships!

But as I mentioned before, I do have a heart defect that in the second tryout decided to go into a heart episode! So I called my mom who rushed me to the hospital and I had to stay there for the rest of the day. I’m telling you this not to make you feel bad for me, but to show you that you have the possibility to change your fate with your attitude. I am missing a piece of my spine, but I play a rugby where it is known that one in four players will be injured during the season. I was told I would be in a wheelchair before I was 20, and was told to not play sports for the chance that my heart couldn’t handle it, but here I am at 16 doing the impossible.

"When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength." Mahatma Gandhi. Also thanks mom for taking this pic in the emergency room!

“When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” Mahatma Gandhi. Also thanks mom for taking this pic in the emergency room!

Of course, I couldn’t forget about my princess duties, so last Thursday night I went to the banquet held by CYO, a basketball organization that my family has been a part of for many years. I felt so blessed when many young girls came up to me and asked me for my autograph, following a speech I gave on following their dreams and looking at failure as a learning opportunity.

This little girl came up to me and asked me for my autograph! I felt like a celebrity so I asked her for a picture with me.

This little girl came up to me and asked me for my autograph! I felt like a celebrity so I asked her for a picture with me.

I told these girls to pretend they were excited to see a celebrity like myself. Most just laughed at me.

I told these girls to pretend they were excited to see a celebrity like myself. Most just laughed at me.

Most recently, I attended the open house that Western University held. I watched a presentation on their health studies program, had a tour of the campus, recreational centre, and residences, and loved every single aspect of the school. In the fall of last year, I attended McMaster University’s open house for their health sciences program which I thought was great, and now I can’t decide which school I want to go to for a pre-medical program! But one thing I have taken away from the university open houses is that I need to maintain my high average in order to receive the highest scholarships possible.

My dad went to Western for engineering so I thought I'd take a pic outside the engineering building for a little throwback.

My dad went to Western for engineering so I thought I’d take a pic outside the engineering building for a little throwback.

So that is pretty much how my life is looking right now! Thanks for checking in and I hope to see you back here next week!

Have a great rest of your march break,

Lacy

Miss Teenage Brantford 2016

 

Written by: Larissa
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