For Danica MacDonald of Parksville, competing in the Miss Teen B.C. pageant is a way to gain more confidence.
This is MacDonald’s first pageant, but she said if she has another chance, she would enter another pageant.
With Miss Teen B.C., 14-year-old MacDonald said she is hoping to boost her confidence in public speaking.
“Public speaking has always been a challenge for me, so after the amazing workshops I have heard of, I hope to become comfortable speaking to crowds, big and small,” MacDonald said.
MacDonald, a Grade 9 student at Ballenas Secondary School, is working to become trilingual. She is a French immersion student and has recently started studying Spanish as well.
MacDonald said it would be a great opportunity if she could win Miss Teen B.C. because she would be able to do more fundraising for Cops for Cancer. Within the pageant, there is a group fundraiser for the Cops for Cancer charity.
“I like to help people and two of my grandmas and also my grandpa had cancer, so it’s great to help them — help other people with cancer,” she said.
MacDonald said she is a bit nervous going into the pageant, and trying to get all the outfits has been stressful since she said she’s “really picky.”
This year’s Miss Teen B.C. pageant is set for July 1 to 3 in Fort Langley.
Parksville has one contestant competing this year.
Remember, you can vote for your Miss Teen B.C. pick in the People’s Choice Awards.
You can cast your vote online, once per hour, until the contest closes on June 23 at midnight. To vote, visit www.pqbnews.com/contests.