TUESDAY, July 17, 2012
Miss Kamloops seeking B.C. crown By Michael Potestio
Acacia Schmietenknop (centre) was Miss Kamloops in 2008-2009. Next month, she is seeking a provincial crown. KTW file photo
The B.C. Ambassador Program will have three new representatives come August — and local candidate Acacia Schmietenknop wants to make sure the Tournament Capital makes the grade. Schmietenknop, 20, was Miss Kamloops in 2008-2009 and wants to build on her experience, represent the River City and serve as a role model for youth at a provincial level through this program. She said a big part of being selected includes going to community events — both locally and provincially — to promote one’s community and the province. Schmietenknop said she enjoyed her time as Miss Kamloops and feels she has matured a lot since then. Win or lose, she
said the opportunity to gain more experience as an ambassador and represent Kamloops is one she won’t pass up. “Just the opportunity to represent Kamloops again is really important to me because I love Kamloops,” Schmietenknop said. The B.C. Ambassador Program is open to those who have previously been an ambassador or held a title of royalty and are between the ages of 17 and 23. The program aims to help promote youth and foster leadership skills through its mandate of education,
motivation and selfesteem. Schmietenknop is entering her third year of business administration at Thompson Rivers University. She hopes to one day start her own business and become an entrepreneur. The ambassador programs teach people how to be independent and network themselves, Schmietenknop said, noting the skills she has learned will be beneficial to her and her career goals. They also help to build on strengths and improve on weaknesses, she said. “It’s so much about
personal development and really nurturing young leaders,” Schmietenknop said, noting she used much of what she learned as Miss Kamloops when she ran for a school-trustee seat in the November 2011 municipal election., Without being involved in that program, Schmietenknop said she would never have sought public office. The B.C. Ambassador Program pageant takes place on Aug. 17 and Aug. 18 in Merritt. Candidates will be judged on their knowledge of B.C., on their public speaking, on their presentation skills, on a talent and on a personal interview with judges.
Introducing Kamloops’ new royalty . . . Kamloops has a new trio of royalty as the 2012 Miss Kamloops and princesses have been crowned. On the weekend, Alyssa Redmile was crowned Miss Kamloops, while Mikayla Russell and Kennedie Maidment were crowned princesses. Program vicepresident Acacia Schmientenknop said the three girls put in a lot of hard work during their candidacies and have
certainly raised the bar for the program. “These three girls, their dedication to the program throughout their candidacy was amazing, so I feel like they’re going to bring that dedication into their reign,” Schmietenknop said. The newly crowned Miss Kamloops said the feeling of being selected is one that’s almost indescribable. “There was such a great group of candidates,” Redmile said. “All the girls were
amazing. It really could have been anyone and, when they called my name, it was amazing. “I was so happy. You can’t even describe the feeling of how excited you are, that your jour-
ney gets to continue. You don’t just end your candidacy; you get to go on a full year. It’s amazing.” This weekend, they travel to Quesnel to take in that pageant as it will crown Miss Quesnel.
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