This past week I hosted two very succcesful fundraisers for Free the Children. The first one took place on Thursday, June 7th, at my high school. When everyone was outside for Survivor Day (a day filled with water balloons, tug-a-war, and obstacle coarses) my mother, a few of my friends, and myself, hosted a BBQ. We sold hot dogs, chips, chocolat bars and drinks! My fellow peers were very supportive and loved helping out for such a great cause! We had a very succesful day and it was a lot of fun being outside in the sun!

The second event I hosted was a car wash and BBQ at The Brick! I would like to take this time to thank them for their generosity in letting us use their parkinglot. We had a great day washing cars and hanging out in the sun! All of my friends were very supportive and gave up their saturday to help me out. We worked very hard and raised lots of money. It was 5$ per wash, however, lots of people gave very generous donations!

In total, with the BBQ at my school, and the Car Wash and BBQ at The Brick, we raised a total of 600$ for Free the Children! I am hoping to do another fundraiser or two before the pageant, as all the money is going to such a great cause. I encourage people to do more volenteering, because in these past few months being Miss Teen SD&G County, I have learned so much about the communtity and learned that it gives you so much more in return then you would think. Volenteering is the highest form of love, “agape” as the Greeks call it; charity-love.

Thanks for all the support everybody! Love Miss Teen SD&G County World 2012! xoxo

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Education is something that is very important to me and that I feel very strongly about. Education is what separates the third world countries apart from ever growing countries such as Canada. This is why I thought it would be a great idea to participate in Celebrity Reading!

One of my best friends’ mother, Ann, teaches a kindergarten class at one of the local elementary schools in Cornwall. Every May, for education week, they have a celebrity come into the classroom to read a book. Normally they get the principal, or the janitor, but this year, I was their celebrity.

A week before I was due to read, Ann told the kids that the reader coming in next week would be wearing a crown! The kids got very excited and got lost in their imagintions. “Is it going to be the queen?!” they asked.

I don’t think I was too much of a disappointment compared to the queen. The kids very much enjoyed the reading, and asked lots of questions about myself and the pageant! They couldn’t wait to get up and give me hugs after the book was finished. Although some of the shy kids only wanted a handshake, you could tell by their faces that this was something that would leave an impression on them, as well as myself.

One thing I have learned so much about through the pageant and having a leadership role, is compassion. Being seen as a role model in society has taught me to open up to all sorts of people. Whether they are young or old, boy or girl, whatever race, I’ve learned that everybody has their own opinions and views of different things. Before I thought that doing communtity service would be boring and not enjoyable for my part, but being with the communtity has brought a lot of joy into my life. Even when my year is up, this will definatly be something I will want to continue to do a lot of. I had a lot of fun with the kids, and I hope that one day I can go back for more!

Thank you, lots of love,

Kelly Ouderkirk,
Miss Teen SD&G Couties World 2012

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Check out my first verve girl post! If you love your mom as much as I do I’m sure you will understand this post! Our moms are there for us through ups and bumps and we will always come out looking beautiful because of them! Thanks for being so great, I love you mom! Click on the link below to get to my post on verve girl.

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Last weekend my hockey team, the Cornwall Midget BB Typhoons, attended the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association Provincial Championships, where the top teams after playdown qualification rounds, go to battle to the top! My team of course wouldn’t leave empty handed.

It was a series of tough battles! Me being already in two goals, a few assists and 8 penalties, we were undefeated in round robin games, won the quarter finals in overtime, then lost in the semis. What faced us now was the Bronze Medal Championship Game!

“She may be a pageant queen, but you don’t want to mess with her in front of our net,” said one of the fathers on my team.

After three long periods of hard work, determination and heart, my team won the Provincial Bronze Medal! For the majors on my team it was the first time in their lives winning a Provincial Medal, but us minors being as strong as we are, now have four Provincial Medals; two silver, and two bronze!


<– My Collection!

It was the perfect end to a great season of laughter, hard-work and friendship. A lot of us will be seeing each other again in the fall, but for some, it was an end to their years as a Typhoon hockey player. I will miss them all, but will be ready to take on the province again next year! A big thank-you to all the parents and coaches. Without them we wouldn’t have been able to get where we are today.

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Febuary 29th was Anti-Bullying Day Nation wide, also known as Pink Shirt Day, and in support of this day I decided to go back to my old elementary school and do a slide show presentation for the kids. Even though this was more than a month ago, I feel this is a very important topic that should always be talked about. Plus, I just received my pictures!

What is Pink Shirt Day?

  • Pink Shirt Day was inspired by two grade 12 Nova Scotia students in 2007 who decided to take action after witnessing a grade 9 student being bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school.  The students bought 50 pink t-shirts and encouraged their schoolmates to wear them and send a powerful message of solidarity to the bully.

 

What is a bully?

  • A bully is a person who uses strength or power to harm or intimidate those who are weaker. Any time you try to make someone else feel bad about themselves, either physically, emotionally, verbally or mentally, you are being a bully, and it needs to stop!

How Can You Make A Difference?

  • If you want to make a difference to stop bullying it’s not that hard. If you know someone getting bullied talk to a teacher, parent or another responsible adult and get them help. The next time you’re playing a game or sport in the school yard make sure you include everyone. Don’t make anyone ever feel isolated and alone, make sure they feel like they’re part of the group and accepted.

A great method I used when talking to the kids was story telling. It was an interesting way to teach them that bullying hurts and that it will not be tolerated. The book I chose to read was called “Don’t Laugh At Me!” by Steve Seskin, Allen Shamblin and Glin Dibley. It was a great book because it taught how much bullying can impact your life when it’s you being targeted. After I read the book, we listened to the soundtrack and all the kids sang along. All in all, we had a great day together, everyone participated and felt like part of the group!

Thanks for reading! Have a great day and remember to live a bully free life! Lots of love, Kelly Ouderkirk, Miss Teen SD&G County World 2012

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Ingredients

  • A cupcake (baked from your favorite recipe)
  • White icing
  • Shredded coconut
  • Pink decorators’ sugar
  • Jelly bean nose
  • Chewable Sweet Tart eyes
  • Large marshmallow
  • Mini marshmallows

Instructions

  1. Frost a cupcake (baked from your favorite recipe) with white icing and sprinkle on shredded coconut fur.
  2. Cut a large marshmallow in half widthwise. Squeeze each half slightly to give it an oval shape, then decorate the sticky side of each one with pink decorators’ sugar and set them in place for ears.
  3. Add a jelly bean nose and either jelly bean or snipped Sweet Tart eyes, and mini marshmallows for cheeks. For a finishing touch, draw on decorators’ gel pupils or whiskers if you like.

HAPPY EASTER! Hope it’s a good one, enjoy the cupcakes! lots of love, Kelly Ouderkirk, Miss Teen SD&G County-World 2012

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My younger brother Thomas plays for a competitve hockey team called the Rapids. As an end to a great season, the team is hosting a boys hockey team from Sweden for 5 days. The Sweden boys have been saving for this trip since they started playing at a young age and I’m sure it will be one they will never forget!

<– (The Sweden team getting off the bus as they arrive in Cornwall.)

Each of the players from Sweden stay with one of the players from our team. The boy we have staying at our house is named Martin. After we met and had a team meeting we took Martin out for supper at Kelsey’s. When we were done we hurried home because Martin was very tired after his 20 hour day.

<—(My brother Thomas on the left, and Martin on the right.)

The next night, all the boys and all the parents went to see Boston vs. Ottawa. The boys were all very excited as the thrill of the game rocked their spirits. For some of the Rapids and all of the Swedes, this was the first time they saw an NHL game. You could feel the excitement and joy through the cheer of the crowd. It was a night of bonding for the boys.


<—(Thomas and Martin at the game!)

The Swedes will be here until Easter Monday, when they will pack up and go to Toronto for another five days.The boys have had such an amazing two days already, and I’ve personally learned soo much from this adventure. No matter what nationality you are, what languages you speak, or what colour your skin tone is, people are people all over the world and if you get to know a person, anyone can be friends!   “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

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Eyes on the glittering prize

Miss Teen Canada-World: Local contestant advances to national final

By ERIKA GLASBERG, EGLASBERG@STANDARD-FREEHOLDER.COM

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CORNWALL – It has always been a dream of Kelly Ouderkirk to be on front and centre stage and now that dream is coming true as she prepares for the Miss Teen Canada- World pageant.

There were 42 young ladies from ages 13 to 19 competing for the title of Miss Teen Ontario-World and a spot as a finalist for the Miss Teen Canada-World pageant in late January in Toronto.

Among the girls was 15-year-old Ouderkirk who did not claim the Ontario title but did snatch up one of the 17 Ontario positions available to compete for the Canada title.

“It’s very exciting and it’s a dream come true,” Ouderkirk said.

On July 17, she will be competing with over 70 finalists from across Canada for the Miss Teen Canada-World title but there is a lot of work to be done before that happens.

Ouderkirk has to raise a minimum of $400 for the competition but she’s hoping for some help from the community as her goal is to raise over $10,000 which will benefit the Free the Children organization.

The contestant who raises the most money will win a trip to Africa to help with one of the missions of building schools and homes for the African community.

“I think (the trip) would be a life changer,” Ouderkirk said.

Another aspect of the pageant is to self-promote and market herself within the community, which she hopes can happen with even more help from the community including schools, businesses and area residents who may be hosting events and are looking for a guest speaker.

“The pageant was a little surprising in the fact that they were really promoting volunteerism and getting out into the community,” said Ouderkirk’s mother, Leslie.

“It wasn’t all about walking on stage and walking in a dress it’s a lot about getting out speaking and stuff like that.”

Outgoing Ouderkirk has no problem being in the public eye as a lifetime dream of hers is to be an actress.

“I think it’s good (to be out in the community) because you get to experience a lot of different people and find out about the town and what the problems and the good things are and have fun with a bunch of different people you wouldn’t normally talk to.”

To set up interviews, special events or to donate, contact Leslie Ouderkirk at 613-938-6457 or by e-mail at kelly_typhoongirl_22@hotmail.com.

 

 

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Last night was the annual Bishop Cup boys hockey game in Cornwall! This game is played between the two rival high schools, the Holy Trinity falcons and the St.Joe’s panthers. The victory has been going back and forth for years but last night it was clear whos the best. St.Joe’s (my school) punded the Holy Trinity falcons 6-1! It was an incredible game and everyone had lots of fun. Me being on the girls hockey team, got to help cook breakfast for our boys that morning, to help them get ready for the big game. The spirit was alive and raving in the school all day, with a pep rally last period to pump up the school even more and show our boys some support. This game represents traditions, good-times and friendship. Every year the outfits and the spirit get more and more wild! It’s the perfect amount of rival to get everyone to forget about cliques and popularity and let everyone have a good time filled with lots of joy and spirit!

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