‘Pageants com­bine ev­ery­thing that I love’

Kingston teen vy­ing for ti­tle of Miss Teen Galaxy Canada

Annapolis Valley Register - - NEWS - BY ASH­LEY THOMP­SON KINGSCOUNTYNEWS.CA KINGSTON, N.S. Ash­ley.Thomp­[email protected]

Aaliyah Hiltz’s love of pageants stems back to her days as a pint­sized Miss Val­ley Ex com­peti­tor.

She fondly re­mem­bers dis­cov­er­ing her love for the spot­light while tod­dling across a stage at the an­nual ex­hi­bi­tion in Lawrence­town at just four or five years old.

“That kind of put the spark in me and I’ve just been search­ing for pageants ever since,” says Hiltz.

These days, how­ever, she’s pre­par­ing for a com­pe­ti­tion that’s not quite so close to home.

The 16- year- old Kingston res­i­dent is ready­ing to com­pete in a Miss Teen Galaxy Canada pageant in Toronto, Ont. in April.

Pageant par­tic­i­pants will be graded in sev­eral cat­e­gories eval­u­at­ing their pho­to­genic qual­i­ties, el­e­gance in evening gowns and in­ter­view skills – among other things.

“I need to be pre­pared phys­i­cally to look my best on stage, so there’s go­ing to be a lot of train­ing there… and with in­ter­views I’ll be prac­tic­ing a lot of ques­tions,” says Hiltz, a for­mer Miss Teen Nova Sco­tia con­tender.

Hiltz, a Grade 11 stu­dent at West Kings District High School, can hardly wait to show off all she’s learned from par­tic­i­pat­ing in past pageants.

“Pageants com­bine ev­ery­thing that I love. I love pub­lic speak­ing, I love be­ing on stage, I love the man­age­ment as­pect of it,” says Hiltz, an as­pir­ing nurse who bal­ances her pageant work with stud­ies, mu­si­cal theatre and the Ja­panese mar­tial art of Aikido.

She’ll spend her time fundrais­ing and men­tally and phys­i­cally pre­par­ing for the pageant lead- ing up to the com­pe­ti­tion from April 26 and 28.

While the end re­sults re­main to be seen, Hiltz is sure the pos­i­tive take­aways from the im­pend­ing trip to Toronto will in­clude new friend­ships, use­ful ad­vice from judges and skills that will prove valu­able through­out her life­time.

“At the pageant you al­ways meet so many girls who are in­ter­ested in the same things as you and who also love be­ing on stage.”

CON­TRIB­UTED

Aaliyah Hiltz of Kingston has big plans to travel to Toronto, Ont. in April to seek the ti­tle of Miss Teen Galaxy Canada.

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