Miss Teen NWO asks for your vote

Bryce Forbes

With three days to go until the Miss Teen Canada World pageant, Felicia Schmutz needs your help.
Representing Northwestern Ontario, the Emo resident needs the public to help guarantee her a spot in the final show on Saturday.
“I encourage everyone to go out and vote,” Schmutz said yesterday from Toronto, with the voting being done at www.missteencanadaworld.com
“It’s not very hard and every vote makes a difference,” she stressed.
As of press time, things don’t look very good for her—trailing the leader from Newfoundland by more than 1,200 votes.
However, with the other 19 spots open to the more than 60 contestants, Schmutz likes her chances of making it to the final show, where the top 20 will compete for the crown of Miss Teen Canada.
“I’m not really nervous, at least not yet,” she remarked. “I think [my chances] are good, especially after today [Tuesday], I feel really good about it.
“Today I got some tips on how to walk properly.
“I’m one of the older girls, too,” she added.
After originally qualifying for the pageant back in May, Schmutz has been soaking in the attention in Toronto since Saturday.
Over the last few days, the 18-year-old has enjoyed a banquet for the organization “Free the Children,” as well as a tour of Toronto on an amphibious bus.
She also spent a few hours soaking up the sun on a boat with the camera crew of ET Canada filming the trip.
“We were on this cruise boat, dancing on it, and ET Canada had cameras running throughout it.
“It was a lot of fun,” she enthused.
With the pageant being used to help raise money for “Free the Children,” Schmutz has raised $1,500 for the charity.
The top fundraiser among the contestants will go to Kenya next year with Miss Teen Canada—something Schmutz hopes to accomplish.
“It’s interesting to hear about it from their standpoint about child exploitation and poverty, and about what they are do to help it,” she remarked.
Schmutz also has been receiving tips from all sources on how to increase her chances of winning the crown.
“We have been practising a dance for this Saturday night at the final show, so doing the choreography, walking the runway, and modelling,” she explained.
To determine the top 20, each contestant will be judged on numerous characteristics, including the personal interview, evening gown, swimwear, charity contribution, public speaking, community engagement, and photogenic appeal.
“There is a big talent show on Friday night, so I will be singing my own song and playing piano, as well,” Schmutz noted.
“There are going to be a lot of people there, like modelling scouts, acting scouts, and singing scouts, so I’m very excited for that.
“The talent show is a bridge between meeting people and, for instance, if you do well, you can go on to Los Angeles, although I don’t know all the details,” she added.
Currently a student at the Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg, Schmutz is glad she took the chance on applying.
“This pageant has made me more confident in my life and in myself,” she declared, noting her only previous singing experience was for coffee houses at university and at her graduation.
“My platform for the pageant is actually motivating youth, and motivating youth in the sense that they realize they are special and unique,” she said.
“In their uniqueness, they should be less self-conscience but more conscience of other people.
“Also to be able to reach out and be the change and reach out into other people in the community, as well,” Schmutz continued.
“Realize your self worth and what you can bring to the world.”
But win or lose, Schmutz always will look back at her time at the pageant with great memories.
“Even if I didn’t make it to the top 20, which goes on the final night, I would still be really happy that I made it here and was able to have this really fun time of sightseeing and a great learning experience here,” she enthused.
“I didn’t know what to think going in,” she admitted. “I’ve never been to a pageant before, and I just signed up in April and found out a week later there was the provincial competition.
“At the beginning, my friends would say, ‘Felicia, you’re not pageant girl.’ Maybe they thought they are more stuck up and over themselves and nails and hair.
“I came here thinking that maybe the girls would be very competitive and maybe not nice,” Schmutz noted.
“And I was wrong. There are so many girls that are just wonderful.
“I would be happy if any of them got Miss Teen Canada,” she remarked.