Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay teen com­pet­ing in na­tional pageant

Ta­mara An­thony trav­el­ling to Toronto for com­pe­ti­tion

The Labradorian - - FRONT PAGE - BY DANETTE DOOLEY

Ta­mara An­thony of Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay is head­ing to Toronto in Au­gust to vie for the ti­tle of Miss Teen Canada Globe 2017.

Ta­mara is a 15-year-old stu­dent at Mealy Moun­tain Col­le­giate.

The pageant is part of the Miss Canada Globe Pro­duc­tions and Ta­mara is par­tic­i­pat­ing in the teen por­tion of the pageant.

Ta­mara said, af­ter com­plet­ing an ap­pli­ca­tion for ac­cep­tance into the pageant, she re­ceived a re­ply to set up a phone in­ter­view.

“Af­ter my phone in­ter­view I had to wait to see if I got ac­cepted. And I did,” the ex­cited teen said dur­ing a re­cent phone in­ter­view with The Labrado­rian.

Dur­ing the phone in­ter­view with the pageant rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Ta­mara said, she was asked nu­mer­ous ques­tions from what she does in her spare time to any role mod­els she may have in her life.

Ta­mara said grow­ing up in Happy Val­leyGoose Bay gave her an op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in nu­mer­ous sports in­clud­ing hockey, soc­cer and dance.

The United States’ former first lady Michelle Obama is one of her role mod­els, she said.

“She’s an ad­vo­cate for healthy liv­ing.”

Obama also fights for the rights of chil­dren through­out the world to at­tend school, she said.

Her Grade seven English teacher Sarah Michaud has also been a great in­spi­ra­tion to her, Ta­mara said.

“Sarah al­ways taught me to be proud of who

I am. That it doesn’t mat­ter what any­body else thinks or what any­one’s stan­dards are. I am beau­ti­ful in and out. She taught me to be my­self, that there’s noth­ing wrong with be­ing who you are... I know not to let any­one else make me think dif­fer­ently of my­self,” Ta­mara said, in a fol­low-up e-mail with the Labrado­rian.

The teacher helped Ta­mara be­come a self-con­fi­dent young wo­man.

“I am so happy with my­self at this point. Even though (Sarah) is not my teacher any­more she still makes time to check up on me and ask me how I am ev­ery so of­ten. I’m sad she doesn’t live here any­more. But I am so grate­ful I had some­one to look up to like her.”

A pas­sion­ate pub­lic speaker, Ta­mara placed in the top three in her class in pub­lic speak­ing ini­tia­tives for sev­eral years and also earned a spot in the Ro­tary Speak Off a few years ago.

The youngest of four sib­lings, Ta­mara also loves spend­ing time with fam­ily – boat­ing, camp­ing, ski­doo­ing and go­ing to the cabin.

“I al­ways cher­ished my bond with my fam­ily be­cause they’re all so much fun. If I de­cide to have chil­dren when I’m older I would prob­a­bly want them to grow up here be­cause there’s not a bet­ter or safer en­vi­ron­ment for them. I ab­so­lutely love Goose Bay,” she said.

Ta­mara has set up a Face­book page (Ta­mara An­thony for Miss Teen Canada Globe 2017) to keep peo­ple up­dated about the pageant and to seek spon­sors and in­di­vid­ual dona­tions to help cover her ex­penses.

She is de­lighted Gilco Whole­salers are cov­er­ing her air­fare to and from Toronto.

Ta­mara hopes by par­tic­i­pat­ing in the pageant other young girls will re­al­ize the im­por­tance of be­ing them­selves. It’s a les­son she learned not from any text­book but from a car­ing English teacher.

“The pageant is a sym­bol of Cana­dian beauty but beauty isn’t all about what’s on the out­side. It’s about what’s on the in­side, too. And about be­ing con­fi­dent with who you are.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Ta­mara An­thony of Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay is vy­ing for the ti­tle of Miss Teen Canada Globe 2017.

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