‘I want to learn how to be a strong, confident, well-rounded woman’
UPPER STEWIACKE – If Kylee Graham wins Miss Teen Canada, she will use the experience to promote healthy lives for young women.
Upper Stewiacke’s Kylee Graham is the only young woman from Atlantic Canada to participate in Miss Teen Canada later this month. Her focus is on promoting self-esteem for teenage girls and women. Monique Chiasson – Truro Daily News
The 17-year-old Upper Stewiacke resident is one of a dozen teenagers vying for the title later this month. It’s an opportunity that is still a little surreal.
“I’m the only one from Atlantic Canada chosen to go and to represent Nova Scotia. I’m nervous and excited and it’s hard to believe I’m going. I never thought this would happen,” said Kylee, a Grade 12 South Colchester Academy student, who applied for the competition last August and was chosen after a phone interview in September.
“If I win I have to work towards and promote a cause and mine would be self-esteem in girls and women. There are a lot of things in society that damage self-esteem in women and how a woman portrays herself affects her (whole) life,” said Kylee. “And I want to learn how to be a strong, confident, well-rounded woman.”
If she wins, Kylee would like to be partnered with the Dove Canada beauty campaign, which is also embraces self-esteem.
Kylee thinks her versatility, community-minded vision and desire to better herself led to her being chosen for the contest.
“I’m involved in a lot of extracurricular things … and I won the Harvard Book Award last year for being the most well-rounded student,” Kylee said.
Some of her other accomplishments include being an honours with distinction student this year, volunteering at the Truro Veterinarian Hospital, reading to children who have mental disabilities, and teaching young children how to skate, to name a few. She also plays many sports, is a highland dancer, writes poetry, draws and paints.
“It’s a lot … sometimes I have to (sacrifice) sleep and eat on the go.”
As for the Miss Teen Canada competition, Kylee believes she’s ready. The event is Feb. 27 to March 1 and will include group and individuals activities, in which she will be judged on personality, team spirit, and more.
Does she think she’ll win? Kylee is optimistic.
“Part of it is online voting, which is 15 per cent of our overall score, and I’m in second place,” as of Wednesday night, she said.
Regardless of the competition’s outcome, Kylee has “big plans” for her future. She intends to pursue a degree in science and veterinary medicine.
“I’d like to go to other countries to work with animals and study wildlife,” she said.
Log onto http://misscanadatm.com/ for more about Kylee and the competition.