On May 13, 17-year-old Roxboro resident Megha Sandhu won first place at the provincial competition in the Miss Teen Canada World pageant. Now Miss Teen Quebec, Megha will be competing in Toronto against 70 girls from all across the country from July 14 to 22.
Megha is very proud to be representing her province and cannot wait for what the future holds in store. “I was really excited when I won. I couldn’t believe it when my name was called out,” she said.
The provincial competition was divided in four sections. First, there was a swimsuit competition where the participants were judged on their physical fitness and how well they carried themselves. Then, there was a long-dress competition in which the judges evaluated how well the young ladies carried themselves on stage and how confident they were. Then, there was an interview of which the questions were based on the candidate’s personality and what she wanted to do if she became Miss Teen Quebec.
Lastly, there was a section in which the candidates talked about their platform as potential Miss Teen Quebec.
“The platform is anything that you really believe in. I did it on special-needs children in the school environment. My brother was diagnosed with autism at a very young age. I know first-hand what it’s like to be categorized as different and if anything I’d just like to help children and teenagers in high schools,” she said.
Megha just recently finished her first year in Health Sciences at Marianopolis College in Westmount. A real science buff, Megha is always on the lookout for new learning opportunities to better understand the scientific world.
In 2011, she worked alongside her mentor at the Meakins-Christie Laboratories of McGill University, where she observed the results of an experiment about asthma, earning her a silver medal at her school’s Science Fair.
With her title as Miss Teen Quebec comes responsibility. Even though community involvement is not a requirement for her to participate in Miss Teen Canada World Pageant, Megha has been doing a lot of fundraising for Free the Children recently.
She is also seeking the support of her community to raise a minimum of $400 in donations, as well as sponsorship and promotion to make her trip to Toronto possible.
You can check out Sandhu’s events on her blog at http://missteen-quebec.com/ and even more pictures and videos of her adventures on her Facebook page “Megha Sandhu for Miss Teen Canada-World 2012” and her twitter @megha_sandhu!