Yesterday, May 21st a High School rock band came to my school and preformed. I think they did an amazing job and I really enjoyed the performance. Their school in located somewhere near Subury and the band and crew are all High school students that range from ages 13-18. If you would like to learn more about Evalutionary, you can visit their Facebook page here. They did an amazing job. Thank you to the band and crew from performing at my school.  This link HERE is a video on my instagram, of Evalutionary singing a song by Three Days Grace, if you would like to watch it :).
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Me and Mayor SweetOn Tuesday May 6th I had the great opportunities to meet the Mayor of my Town, Mayor Sweet.  I got to sit down with him and
tell him about my journey so far. He was very excited about my upcoming events and even invited me to a possible anti bully event in the upcoming year.

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I was very very thankful for his kind words and support in my journey toMe and Mayor Sweet Miss Teenage Canada. He presented me with this goodie bag which I love, and I now wear the Town of Petawawa pin on my sash. He Mayor Denicaalso let me be the Mayor for a bit, HAHA.  I am very proud to be representing the town of Petawawa this July. And a huge Thank you to Mayor Bob Sweet for meeting with me.

Thank you for reading, Miss Teenage Renfrew County 2014 xx <3

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104.9 My FMI would just like to say a huge thank you to 104.9 my FM Pembroke for interviewing me about my pageant last Friday. It was a great experience to be on the radio. Also another huge thank you to Jamie for actually doing the interview, you were great to talk to :). If you would like to check out My FM on Facebook click here, or there website click here.

Thank you for reading this week blog post, I will be posting again real soon, hopefully this weekend.

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Jen and JonI attended Challenge Day 2014 that was held at my school yesterday. And I can honestly say that it completely changed my life. It was the most eye-opening event that I have ever attended in my life. The two amazing people that did this for us were Jen and Jon (as shown in photo). They are the most inspiring people I have ever met. After the day was done I actually felt personally close to them. What they did was allow us as a group of students open up to each other and become closer as a student body. It was a very beautiful thing to see and I am so proud of every single person that was in that room, and it was extremely brave of everyone to participate. I love my school more and more everyday.

Okay so now I will get into what actually happened that day, in a short summary because if I wrote a play by play it would be a novel 😉 Haha. Okay so what we did was basically a few activities that really got us out of our comfort zone, and made us comfortable with the people in the room (about 130 students). We did things like hug people we didn’t know and hold hands with people we didn’t know but the most important thing was open up to people we didn’t know. After awhile these people that I once didn’t know I felt really close to them.  They listened to everything I had to say and I did the same in return.  It was a very emotional day, not going to lie. It was also life changing.

The job that Jen and Jon have is truly amazing I experienced enemies become friends and apologies from people in my school promising to change. The fact that these two people could create such peace at my school is amazing and I am forever thankful for what they do in this world.  I hope that I can do something like what they do and make a change in peoples lives for the better someday.

So, huge tank you to Jen and Jon, for making General Panet High school a better place to learn. If you would like to learn more about Challenge Day and what Jen and Jon do please visit there website, Challenge Day. And also if you have a challenge day coming up at your school I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you attend, it is one experience that you will honestly never regret, and never forget. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by. If your school does not have a challenge day coming up, you can be the change and organize a challenge day for your school, click HERE  and HERE to learn how.

Thanks for tuning in today, have a great day everyone!

Miss Teenage RenfrewCounty♥♥

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petawawa postThis week I was in another newspaper article 🙂 The article is titled, Panet student earns Miss Teenage Renfrew County title, heading to national competition this summer. I would like to thank the Petawawa Post newspaper for allowing me to be in the paper, and a  big thank you to Cyndi Mills for writing the article.  To read the E-Edition of the newspaper, here is the link.  Its page 8 in the edition! Hope you enjoy the article as much as I did.

Have a great day everyone <3,

xoxo Miss Teenage Renfrew County

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My first Newspaper article!

YAY! I was in the Pembroke Daily observer this pass week and in The News paper today (same article). Here is the link to the E-Edition paper! Please have a read. I’d like to thank Anthony Dixon for the opportunity to be in the paper and Ryan Paulsen for the interview!  It on page 29 in the E-edition paper!

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Miss Teenage Renfrew County 2014 xoxo <3
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10 ways to show love to someone with depressionDo you know someone who struggles with depression? Or do you think you know someone who might be battling depression? How you ever wondered what you could do to help them feel better, or simply just show them that you love them?

Well, today while I was on my lunch break and I was scrolling through my Tumblr and I came across this one post that I thought was absolutely beautiful. This article was about 10 ways to show someone love with depression and I thought it was really thoughtful and a really good idea to share with everyone. So enjoy, and I hope this influences you to help someone out.

Do You Love Someone With Depression?

If you have a partner or are close to someone who struggles with depression, you may not always know how to show them you love them. One day they may seem fine, and the next they are sad, distant and may push you away. It is important that you know that as a person who is close to them and trusted by them, you can help your friend or partner have shorter, less severe bouts of depression. Mental illness is as real as physical illness (it is physical actually, read more about that here) and your partner needs you as much as they would need to be cared for if they had the flu.

Your relationship may seem one-sided during these times, but by helping your partner through a very difficult and painful affliction, you are strengthening your relationship and their mental health in the long term.

1. Help them keep clutter at bay.

When a person begins spiraling into depression, they may feel like they are slowing down while the world around them speeds up. The mail may end up in stacks, dishes can pile up in the sink, laundry may go undone as the depressed person begins to feel more and more overwhelmed by their daily routine and unable to keep up. By giving your partner some extra help sorting mail, washing dishes or using paper plates and keeping chaos in check in general, you’ll be giving them (and yourself) the gift of a calm environment. (I’m a fan of the minimalist movement because of this, you can read more about that here.)

2. Fix them a healthy meal.

Your partner may do one of two things when they are in a depressed state. They may eat very little, or they may overeat. In either case, they may find that driving through a fast food restaurant or ordering a pizza online is just easier than fixing a meal. Eating like this, or neglecting to eat will only degrade your partner’s health, causing her to go deeper into her depression. Help your loved one keep her body healthy, and her mind will follow. This is a great article that talks about the “Brain Diet” which can help the symptoms of depression, and this article talks about how our modern diet could contribute to the recent rise in depression. Here is a recipe for a trail mix that is quick to make and has mood-boosting properties.

3.Get them outside.

The benefits of getting outside for a depressed person are huge. And it is possibly the last thing on earth your partner will want to do. Take them to be somewhere in nature. Pack a picnic and lie in the sun, take a leisurely hike or plant a garden. Being barefoot in the dirt, or “earthing” helps ground the body and reverse the effects of living in a world of emf’s, and digging in soil can actually act as an antidepressant, as a strain of bacterium in soil, Mycobacterium vaccae, triggers the release of seratonin, which in turn elevates mood and decreases anxiety. Sunshine increases Vitamin D production, which can help alleviate depression. My friend Elizabeth wrote an excellent post about Vitamin D and its link to depression here.  For more information about other sources of Vitamin D, this is a great post as well as this.

4. Ask them to help you understand what they’re feeling.

If your partner is able to articulate what they are going through, it will help them and you better understand what you are dealing with, and may give insight into a plan of action for helping your partner. Also, feeling alone is common for a depressed person and anything that combats that feeling will help alleviate the severity and length of the depression.

5. Encourage them to focus on self-care.

Depressed people often stop taking care of themselves. Showering, getting haircuts, going to the doctor or dentist, it’s all just too hard, and they don’t deserve to be well taken care of anyway in their minds. This can snowball quickly into greater feelings of worthlessness since “Now I’m such a mess, no one could ever love me”. Help your loved one by being proactive. Tell them “I’m going to do the dishes, why don’t you go enjoy a bubble bath?” can give them the permission they won’t give themselves to do something normal, healthy and self-loving.

6. Hug them.

Studies show that a sincere hug that lasts longer than 20 seconds can release feel-good chemicals in the brain and elevate the mood of the giver and receiver. Depressed people often don’t want to be touched, but a sincere hug with no expectation of anything further can give your partner a lift.

7. Laugh with them.

Telling a silly joke, watching a comedy or seeing a stand up comedian will encourage your partner to laugh in spite of herself. Laughing releases endorphins and studies show can actually counteract symptoms of depression and anxiety.

8. Reassure them that you can handle their feelings.

Your partner may be feeling worthless, angry and even guilty while they are depressed. They may be afraid that they will end up alone because no one will put up with their episodes forever. Reassure them that you are in the relationship for the long haul and they won’t scare you away because they have an illness.

9. Challenge their destructive thoughts.

A depressed person’s mind can be a never-ending loop of painful, destructive thoughts. “I’m unlovable, I’m a failure, I’m ugly, I’m stupid”. Challenge these untruths with the truth. “You’re not unlovable, I love you. You aren’t a failure, here are all the things you’ve accomplished.”

postive10.Remind them why you love them.

Look at pictures of happy times you’ve had together. Tell them your favorite things about them. Reminisce about your relationship and all the positive things that have happened, and remind your partner that you love them and they will get through this.

( I found this from this website)

Hope you enjoyed, thank you for reading have a wonderful day

xoxo Miss Teenage Renfrew County 🙂

 

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Proud Panet PantherI attend General Panet High School in CFB (Canadian forces base) Petawawa. I have attended this school for grade 9-current grade 11. I love my school, I am extremely proud to be a Panet panther :)! I am apart of many school activities, sports and clubs.Me and Coach Schroeder I am on the schools track and cross country team, my coach for the past 3 years has been Mr. Schroeder. He has really helped me improve in my running a lot.  He has help make me and my team stronger :).

Link Crew Leader 2014I am also apart of Link Crew which is an amazing program that allows higher grade students to guide, communicate, and help the freshmen (grade 9) coming into the school. This is such a great program that really helped me out a lot when I was in grade nine and I am so proud to be the Link Leader this year! For more information about the Link Crew program click on this link.

 

 Me and my proud daddyI am also apart of the academics in my school, I have been on the gold honor roll for the past two years (grade 9, and 10).  To achieve gold honour roll you need to maintain a level four in six of your class throughout the school year.

Me and My sisterAboriginal Group 2013Another great thing that my school did for me was they sent me and my sister to an Aboriginal University Experience in May 2013 at Queens University in Kingston. It was such an amazing opportunity and experience. Here is the website about the program if you are interested, they also have other programs available which is apart of the ESU programs. I am so excited to be at Panet and my school has given me so much support so far with my pageant and I can not wait for more to come. Thank you so much, to the staff and students of General Panet. 🙂Me and  my Principle

Thanks for reading, xoxo Miss Teenage Renfrew County 2014 <3 🙂

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Miss Teenage Renfrew County 2014

Hello everyone 🙂 , my name is Denica, I’m 17 years old, and I am the title holder of Miss Teenage Renfrew County 2014. I am so excited to be apart of this amazing pageant and this is an experience I will honestly never forget.

I am currently a grade 11 student at General Panet High School in Petawawa, Ontario. I’ve held a gold honour role status for the last two years. My favorite subjects are Science and English. I am also highly into athletics, mostly running. I am apart of my schools Cross Country and Track team and won MIP for Cross Country last year. Below is a picture of  me and one of my best-friends at the athletic award ceremony last year; she

won MVP for Track and Field.

Denica J. and Julianna B.


Grade 10 Junior Girls XCI absolutely love running it is a hobby for me and I love the experience you get and the friends you make on the team. All these girls mean a lot to me and I love running with them. In grade ten my team manage to win gold at our county cross country meet and it was one of my greatest achievements, simply because we worked so hard to get there.Panet Cross Country

Link Crew Leader I am also a leader at my school, I was chosen by the school to be apart of the Link Crew team where we help grade nines coming into the school and help guide them through their first year of high school. I was so glad to be apart of Link Crew because when I was in grade nine, Link Crew helped me a lot. I love being involved with my school mainly because I love the people in my school, students and the staff. The school has really helped me a lot through my pageant experience. Thanks to my Vice Principle and Principle!


Now on to some of my hobbies and passions include, of course running, MAKE-UP, and guitar.

Make UpI capitalized make-up because I absolutely love make up. The make up I have collected in the past year is quite a lot :/ HEHE. I could probably spend hours and hours watching make up reviews and tutorials on YouTube FOREVER! It’s kind of an obsession but I can’t help it, make up is a beautiful thing.

GuitarAnother hobby of mine is the beautiful instrument that is, the guitar. I have admired the guitar from a very very young age. My dad always played when I was little and I would sing along to every song. I was about 8-10 when I really wanted to start playing, and I would pretend to play on my dads guitar. And eventually for my thirteenth birthday I was able to buy my own guitar with saved up money and have been playing ever since. And did I mention I taught myself with just a poster with some chords.  Woo!
FUN FACTS:

New York City-This pass summer I went to New York with my family and it was honestly the most amazing experience ever! I miss it there so much. Time Square at night is truly unbelievable!

Family , minus Older Brother

-I am a family of six, I am the middle child. I have an older brother, an older sister, and lastly a younger brother. I love all of them so much and we are a very close family.

Thank you for reading, Love you xoxo,
Denica J. Miss Teenage Renfrew County 2014

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