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Chilliwack teen beauty queen looking for sponsors
What does it feel like to be Miss Teenage Fraser Valley?
"It's surreal!" laughs Shovanna Pratap. "But I still feel normal."
The 19-year-old Chilliwack native graduated from G. W. Graham and is now in the bachelor of science program at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV). One day, she hopes to earn a doctorate of pharmacy.
But for now, Shovanna is focusing on participating in as many community events as she can, donning crown and sash and all the rest to appear as Miss Teenage Fraser Valley.
She has a history of volunteerism from long before ever entering the pageant, but she says it's a totally different experience as Miss Teenage Fraser Valley.
"When you're wearing a crown and a sash, people seem to look at you in a different way," she says. "You just really stand out."
Her summer project involves collecting gift baskets from community sponsors to serve as raffle prizes, with proceeds going to Free the Children. She's on the hunt for sponsors now, and jokingly warns store managers everywhere that she might be showing up on their doorstep at any time to ask for a donation.
The whole experience—from applying online to finally earning the tiara on March 3—has been a whirlwind experience. And it doesn't stop here. With a little luck and some community support, she hopes to fight for the national title in Toronto this July.
But at the end of the day, she says the most important thing she can do is remember to be a real role model and a real person, not just a princess with a sash and a crown.
"i'm just the normal person I've always been," she says brightly. "My friends and my family don't look at me any different. And I'm happy they don't.
If you're interested in sponsoring Shovanna, you can reach her at MissTeenageFraserValley2014@hotmail.com. You can find more information about the pageant at www.missteenagecanada.com.