Anoushka Harnal, Miss Teenage Peel 2019

Hi, Bonjour Canada! My name is Anoushka and I am 16 years old, living in Mississauga, Ontario, and proudly representing Peel Region at the Miss Teenage Canada 2019. The region of Peel comprises of the cities Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon and is home to 1.4 million residents. This region is known for its diverse and vibrant culture, and the welcoming and inclusive community is what I feel represents the spirit of Canada.

The Peel region hosts several multicultural events throughout the year, and attending these public events, showcasing youth talent and culture, is what has made me passionate for the Arts. Growing up, I have devoted myself to learning a variety of styles of Art as a form of self-expression. I have learnt it to be a way to step out of your comfort zone and express yourself, when words aren’t enough – whether it be a language barrier or self-consciousness that comes with exploring and getting to know you as you grow up.

Throughout my youth years, I have been training in various dance forms including Indian Classical, Bollywood and competitive dancing in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip-Hop and Tap. Dancing has given me the opportunity to perform at various venues, which has ultimately led me to uncover my talents, hidden strengths and most importantly, helped me in building confidence. Performing has provided me with a platform to communicate and connect with the public, and also with public figures, including celebrities and political leaders, such as Canada’s former Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, and India’s current Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. It is an easy way for young and old to enjoy themselves in the present moment. Alongside, I also started to develop my singing abilities, from an early age, starting with Indian Classical Music and furthering my knowledge in vocal techniques by learning at the Ontario Conservatory of Music and Merriam School of Music. This learnt practice is what enabled me to become a part of my school’s auditioned choir and elite vocal group. Hard-work is a distinct quality that youth have always been known for and in today’s day and age there is so much to learn. Cross-training peers in learnt skills and techniques is the best way that today’s youth can support each other in collective growth.

Competing at ROPSSAA (Region of Peel Secondary Schools Athletic Association)

Growing up, watching Bollywood movies and fascinated by Marvel films, I discovered my admiration for acting as well. I took courage in middle school and auditioned to be a part of the school’s acting troupe. Since then, I have continued to play many roles in school performances, such as musicals and plays, and represented the Peel Region at drama competitions, such as the National Theatre School Drama festival. But, along with pursuing passions, I continue to remain focused in furthering my education. I have always been committed to excel in my school academics and maintained an Honour Roll, which has led me to receiving the Academic Achievement Award to have shown the most academic excellence across all subjects. However, apart from that, I have also taken part in extracurricular clubs at school. As an athlete, I am a part of my highschool’s Field Hockey and Soccer teams and a Tennis player, having taken part in regional competitions. Extracurriculars have taught me the importance of time management, while balancing academics and other activities, and has also helped me along in shaping my personality.

Today’s youth is incredible because we are known to face our challenges head-on, whether it be the Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Malala Yousafza; Olympic gold medalist, Simone Biles; or the Canadian Youtuber, Lilly Singh aka Superwoman. Our voice, presentation and performance can all actively contribute to bring unity or division in our society and create ripples globally. In further exploring how today’s youth can impact society, I have taken an interest in our school’s public speaking competitions and spoken as delegate representative this year, in my school’s Model United Nations club. Through this experience, I have learnt the value of research and importance of having active listening skills to differing views and perspectives before forming our opinions. 

With that, I am now excited to be on this journey to the national pageant to continue discussing the success stories and issues impacting youth, and to further grow and develop from this pageant experience! <3

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Instagram: @anoushkaharnal

Facebook: @missteenagepeel2019

Twitter: @MissTeenPeel

Written by: Anoushka