Starting the last week of April, my school has been training for Track and Field day, during Gym class. At our Track and Field day, it is mandatory to participate (with the exception of injury) and each student must choose 2 track events, and 2 field events. During gym class, we practice a new event everyday. We practice one running event, as well as either javelin, shot put, high jump, long jump, or triple jump. Today (Wednesday) we just jogged one lap around the field, and went straight to high jump. I was really excited for high jump, because it is my favourite of all the events, and I am fairly good at it.

Today I was not doing as well as usual, so I started to get discouraged. Every time my Gym teacher raised the bar, I was becoming more and more sure that I wouldn’t make it. I was either just skimming the bar, or knocking it off all together. On the highest level of the day, I was getting tired, and I knocked the bar over 4 times. I wasn’t planning on jumping again, when my good friend Vicki Warner (Placed 1st in High Jump at last years Track and Field day) ran over to me and told me that I had to try again. She ended up convincing me to try one more time, by telling me that all I needed to do was run faster before my takeoff.

I ran my fastest to the bar, planted my left foot, raised my right foot and……………

I made it over the bar!  

I have to say that I owe that successful jump to Vicki, she is an amazing friend and it felt really good to make it over the bar after many failures. I’m glad I did not give up, because this just proves that if you work hard, you can achieve anything!

 Vicki (left) and I in Grade 6! (2010)

Thanks for reading!

– Chloe Fulton 🙂

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I am delighted to add another local business to my list of Sponsors! My local Hyundai dealership, Northstar Hyundai (Owned by Go Auto) has agreed to sponsor me on my journey in the Miss Teen Canada – World pageant!

 

As a member of the Go Auto family, they are proud to have the greatest selection of used cars, trucks, SUVs and minivans in Edmonton and Western Canada. The Vice-President of Northstar Hyundai is Bob Bullock (bbullock@northstarhyundai.com), and the General Sales Manager is Dan Hoskins (dhoskins@northstarhyundai.com).

Hyundai Canada has won numerous Awards for their Cars, a few recent awards being:

2012 Elantra – Canadian Car of the Year – Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC)

2012 Veloster – Best New Design – Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC)

2012 Elantra – 2012 North American Car of the Year – North American Car of the Year (NACOTY)

2012 Elantra – Top Safety Pick – Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)

2012 Equus – Top Safety Pick – Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)

2012 Genesis – Top Safety Pick – Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)

Each staff member at Northstar Hyundai is trained and prepared to meet your needs. They help each and every customer, until they are satisfied.

Northstar Hyundai is located at 13634 St. Albert Trail Edmonton, AB T5L 4P3. They can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and flickr.

So ask yourself, “Do I want an amazing new or used car, sold to me by fantastic people?” If your answer is YES, then head on down to Northstar Hyundai, where you are always welcome.

Thanks for reading,

– Chloe Fulton 🙂

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I am writing this blog post to tell you all that I have a new sponsor! Jill Shantz, Owner of J Shantz Photography was very kind as to donate pictures to me to use on my Facebook page, Twitter, and here on my blog! She is an amazing photographer here in St. Albert, and I recommend her to everyone who is planning on getting pictures done for anything! I came to know Jill when I first needed 2 pictures, for the Provincial competition. I was looking around for a local photography studio, and I came across Jill’s website. When I saw her beautiful photo’s, I knew that I just had to go to her!!

Jill is a graduate of the U of A and NAIT, where she was formally trained in photography. Jill has been working in the industry since 1998, and has won a few awards. She is a member of the St Albert Chamber of Commerce board of directors.

Studio Address: 102-200 Carnegie Dr St Albert, AB

Phone: 1 780.460.8690

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/?ref=tn_tnmn#!/JShantzPhotography

Twitter: @ShantzPhoto

 Two of Jill’s amazing photo’s!

So please make sure to check out her website, and Facebook, and go to her if you ever need pictures. I will definitely be going back to Jill!!

Thanks for reading!

– Chloe Fulton 🙂

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Hello Everybody!

The last 2 days have been exciting and delightful! To start the recap, I’d like to go back to Friday afternoon, at about 3:15pm.

Day 1

I was walking home from my ‘Cinderella’ Play rehearsal, and I was thinking about how great it would be if I got home, and my sash was on the doorstep. I was hoping this because, that night I would be the MC at the St. Albert Idol Semi-Finals, and my sash would tie the whole outfit together. When I reached my house, I was filled with joy as my eyes spotted the package that held my sash! I was so glad that I had it in time for my third event!

My gorgeous sash! “Miss Teen St. Albert – World 2012”

 Ready for St. Albert Idol – Day 1 !

The competition was amazing, and surprisingly my feet did not hurt after 3 1/2 hours of wearing heels!! I was surprised by my confidence on stage, usually I have stage fright, but since the Miss Teen Alberta – World competition, I have seen my confidence growing.

Day 2

Today (Saturday) I was at St. Albert Idol from 10:45am-5:00pm, and yes, after more than 6 hours of heels my feet did hurt! But it was definitely worth it, becoming more known in my community, and helping out with a well-deserving event, that makes a lot of people happy. After receiving many comments yesterday about my fantastic speaking on stage, my confidence was raised to an all time high! I would like to give a big thanks to Martha Livingstone,who asked me to MC this event, and organized it, as well as Talia Calvert, who was running the event today.

I also posted my first VerveGirl story which can be found here: http://www.vervegirl.com/indigo-love-of-reading-foundation-2/

It’s about my platform, the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation. I feel it’s really important to spread the message far and wide.

Thanks For Reading!!

– Chloe 🙂

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HELLO EVERYONE!

I am so happy to tell you all that today I attended my first event! I was the MC (Master of Ceremonies) at Vincent J. Maloney (VJM) Idol!

Schools in St. Albert hold a singing competition, in which the finalists move on to the Semi-Finals of St. Albert Idol, which is one of the events at the St. Albert Lifestyle Expo. The Lifestyle Expo runs from April 20th to April 22nd at Servus Credit Union Place . The contestants perform and are then narrowed down again, to the chosen ones who will move on to the Finals on the 22nd.

There were 6 students that were excepted into VJM Idol from the auditions, and they were amazing! The performances were so great to watch, as the singers are so talented! When I was waiting to get the results from the judges, I wasn’t sure who they were going to pick, because all of the contestants deserved to go to St. Albert Idol! That is why I was extremely excited to announce to the students of VJM, that for the first time, ALL OF THE CONTESTANTS were excepted into St. Albert Idol!! The look on the faces of the singers were priceless, you could tell they were surprised, and I was so happy for all them.

After the show, I was asked by one of the judges to MC the Semi-Finals of St. Albert Idol, and now I can’t wait until next Friday! That will be my second event, and I will definitely blog about it as soon as I get home!!

On another note, I would like to let you all know that yesterday (Wednesday April 11th) I was featured on the Front Page of the St. Albert Gazette! When I saw my face on the front page, I was overwhelmed. This has all been an amazing experience for me, and it’s only just beginning! Miss Teen St. Albert – World 2011, Vanessa Peynenburg was also featured in the article, giving me some advice, and talking about her Campaign.

Also, I was in this weeks edition of the St. Albert Leader, issued today, which I just received on my door step, and I AM THE FRONT PAGE!

I am so excited, and I feel just like the article says: “On Top Of The World“! I am going to use this feeling to raise awareness for my platform, the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation, and make a difference in my community.

I would like to Thank you all for reading my blog, and for your continuous support throughout this journey.

Chloe Fulton 🙂

 

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2012 Miss Teen St Albert, Chloe FultonHi! I’m Chloe Fulton, from St. Albert, Alberta! I love acting, dancing, singing, reading, and skiing.

I have always had a passion for acting, I find it exciting to step out of your personality, and into that of your characters’. This year I am playing “Stepmother” in my school’s production of Cinderella.

Dancing is a new love of mine, as this is my second year of dance, and my first competition is later this month. I hope to continue with the art of dance throughout my life.

Singing is more of a recreational, side project for me. I do not plan on singing professionally, but it is something that I do because I love to.

As part of my daily routine, reading has become a major part of my life, and I believe that everyone should be reading daily. My love of reading is what inspired my platform: The “Indigo Love of Reading Foundation”. Most people take books for granted, because they know that they will always be around, if one day they decide they want them. Unfortunately, not all children have the choice between reading, and not reading. For some schools in Canada, their budget does not leave enough money for a school library, or even just a small collection of books. In 2001, teachers and principals spent $143 million of their own money to purchase learning materials for their students. When I read that sentence on the Indigo Love Of Reading foundation website, I was stunned. I do not realize why books aren’t of such high importance as they were years ago. My goal is to change this, I want to make a difference in the lives of others.

I have been skiing for about 5 years now, and I really enjoy being out on the hill. I love the way it feels when you glide down the snow at such a speed, that you can’t even stop to think about what’s happening. My favourite part is when I get to the bottom, because a wave of excitement pours over me, and I just can’t wait to get back up to the top of the hill.

Last year I finished Grade 7 with honours, and a ‘Recognition of Achievement’ for being in  French Advanced and the school’s production of Willy Wonka Jr. This year I hope to finish with Honours with Proficiency (90% and above average) because education comes first in my life.

I am very honoured and proud to be representing St. Albert in Toronto, in July, because  I am a role model for teens in my community, and I hope to fulfill my goal, which is to make a difference in the lives of others.

Thanks for reading!

Chloe Fulton

This introductory post is sponsored by Toronto roof and modern outdoor furniture retailer Velago Patio Furniture.

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Back in December, I saw an ad on Facebook for the Miss Teen Canada-World pageant.  I checked it out, never thinking that I would become one of the national delegates.  The one phrase that dragged me into this year of growth and inspiration was the pageant’s motto, “Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful”. 

It’s funny how six words were able to convince me that this was the experience that I needed to take on.   Since I started recovery over a year and a half ago, I had to challenge myself mentally to take on these words.  Now that I have a tangible saying which expresses this battle, I feel that I am fully equipped to challenge others to do the same thing. 

The Challenge

By no means do you have to go through an eating disorder in order to take on this challenge.  While my platform is focused on raising awareness about eating disorders, I feel that acknowledging and congratulating the everyday accomplishments of society will help people to see that there is nothing wrong with having their own definition of beauty. 

This is something that I am incredibly passionate about.  I know that I won’t stop this campaign after my year is over, as I have seen the positive reinforcement that it provides people that are touched by its power with.

Getting Involved

Up until this point, I have only shared my own personal struggles, along with stories about recovery and moving on.  I would like to transform this into a full out campaign which utilizes Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and this site.  Now it’s YOUR turn to help out!

You can do any or all of the following in order to be an active participant in this campaign.  I ask that any of your submissions are sent to missteenstalbert@hotmail.com:

  1. Make a video.  I have already started working on this project by getting musicians and bands to take part in the campaign.  Simple Plan, Ace of Base, and Eric Solomon are already in on the campaign.  The easiest thing to do is record yourself saying, “Hi, my name is _______, and I challenge you to be your own kind of beautiful.”  Once I have enough videos like this, I will create one big montage of clips that include everyone.  If you’d like to go a step further, record your own message about what YOU think beauty is and how you are practicing this virtue on a daily basis.
  2. Write a personal account.  This story can and will remain anonymous, but will be posted on this page, along with potentially the Facebook and Tumblr page.  If you are not comfortable getting in front of a camera, this is another way that you can express your thoughts on the issue.  Never think that your story is too small or insignificant.  Your words could change somebody’s life. 
  3. Join the group!  This campaign should be female AND male oriented!  It’s very much a way of creating a support team, and showing society that youth today are trying to change the status quo.  Share your opinions, connect with each other, but please pay attention to how you word your responses.  I will delete any post which I find is offensive, triggering, or harmful to anyone.  This means no personal attacks – I want to create a healthy environment in which everyone has a right to share their opinion. 
  4. Create your own ideas.  Design a web poster,  find an article that fits in with the motto, or do whatever you feel could enhance this project.

Let’s make this happen and have fun with it!

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DWW

Down With Webster.  You love ’em or you hate ’em.  There truly is no ‘in between’ on this one.  Personally, I love them.  Sure, they might be different from what I usually listen to, but they are one of those groups that I can’t help but love.  Call them a guilty pleasure.

The thing I love about Down With Webster is their live performance.  They were in town last week to perform at Capital Ex.  Even the people in the crowd who knew nothing more

Post-show glory

than their radio hits were able to dance the night away with a smile on their face.  I attribute most of this to the remarkable amount of energy which the band members maintain throughout the duration of the hour and a half set.  I’ve been trying for more than a year to snag an interview with the band, but schedules have always conflicted, and I haven’t yet had the chance to have a one-on-one chat with the boys. 

Marianas Trench

Since the first time that I saw these guys play four years ago at Capital Ex, I immediately thought that they were the best live Canadian band out there.  They’ve maintained and even improved this stature as they’ve progressed in the Canadian music scene.  Unlike DWW, Josh, Mike, Ian, and Matt of Marianas Trench have a secret weapon: their voices.

Josh Ramsay of Marianas Trench while performing at Capital Ex on 7/25/11

  Even if they remained perfectly still on stage, they would be turning heads with their melodies.  Together, the four members create a sound which out-dos any guitar riff or drum solo.  Their voices exude power, and have a lingering effect, which proves that they are a band that does not need to have it’s vocal blemishes covered up with auto tune and severe editing.  Listen to them on their album, live, or acoustically, and you will be satisfied either way.

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I’ve been browsing through some of my pictures from the last few months, and I realized that I haven’t posted quite a few from my endeavours as Miss Teen St. Albert.  There’s two things that you need to know about me before I even get started on posting pictures. 

  1. I love school.  Call me a nerd, a freak, or a brain-washed IB kid, but it doesn’t really phase me.  Staples is my playground.
  2. Right up there next to school, my family, and friends is concerts.  People always doubt the magic that happens at a concert, until they are in the position where they finally get to experience the kind of escape which sprouts from seeing their favorite band on stage and being able to sing the words of every song back.  Every lyric is a memory.  Every smile is a step forward.  And as the light falls down and you watch the crowd, the audience, and the crew bathe in it’s blue innocence, only one word comes to mind.  United.

Simple Plan

Vanessa Peynenburg and Pierre Bouvier of Simple Plan

Simple Plan is a band that I grew up on.  I watched them emerge into stars whose music changed as I changed.  Unfortunately, they aren’t a band that comes to Edmonton very often, despite the fact that they are based in Canada.  Last year I flew out to Hershey and New York to see them perform on The Bamboozle Roadshow with my best friend.  Prior to that, the last time that I saw them was in 2008. 

It turned out that Simple Plan would be playing in Edmonton in June as a part of the welcome back party for Pepper and Dylan, two highly appreciated radio hosts in our city. There was only one issue at hand – you had to win to get in.  No tickets were to be sold.  Miraculously, I ended up being the right caller on my first try, scoring a spot on the guest list plus one. 

Last year, I was able to interview Pierre and Sebastien from Simple Plan while in New York.  However, I never got to formally meet the rest of the band.  On June 16th, 2011,

Sebastien Lefebvre

this dream became reality.  While speaking with Pierre, I was also able to initiate a new project which will be released soon on my blog.  I will be working in collaboration with the bands that I meet in order to create a campaign which is based on my platform.  This campaign will not stop once my reign is over.  As I continue to meet new people and hear new stories, I want to be able to share them with the public.  I would love to incorporate people from my everyday life as well, to show how eating disorders, problems with self-image, and definitions of beauty affect every individual in our lives.

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