Meet our delegates

Hello everyone! My name is Natalie Artymko and I am a seventeen year old, grade 11 student at Madawaska Valley District High School. I enjoy many things such as music (I play the bass guitar, piano, and sing), hanging out with my friends and family, travelling, and sports (soccer would have to be my favourite). In school, some of my favourite subjects are chemistry, physics, math, and fitness. In the future, I would like to attend Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia for civil engineering. I am so excited to be a delegate in this year’s Miss Teen Ontario East pageant!

MADI BELLISLE sponsored by Highland Construction
Hi!  My name is Madi Bellisle and I am fairly new to Madawaska Valley.  I moved to Combermere one year ago and am excited to spend another year here with my Dad, Grandma and two puppies.  I am 16 years old and take Grade 11 via correspondence through MVDHS.  I have a competitive dancer and cheerleader for 13 years.  I also enjoy singing, reading, writing and music.  Upon graduation from high school, I plan on moving back out west and opening my own Dance Studio.

KATIE COUPAL  sponsored by Mickey’s Promotions
My name is Katie Coupal. I am seventeen years-old and I currently attend Renfrew Collegiate Institute as a grade 12 student. Some of my passions include Art, Drama, Cosmetology, and being an active member of the school community. In the fall I plan to attend Sheridan College for their Makeup for Media and Creative Arts program. In the community I try and get involved as much as I can with my passions. For example In the past year I have helped to teach art classes for young children in the community that took place at Renfrew Colligate Institute until November of the past year when they came to an end for the rest of the year. Currently I will be acting in my second Sears Drama Festival production, and I continue to do makeup and spa treatments around in the community; and for every production at Renfrew Colligate Institute. I am also a Link Crew leader at ,Renfrew Colligate Institute where I help to welcome the new grade 9 students into their transition into high school. I am also involved in helping assist with the Yearbook at Renfrew Colligate Institute in the past with photography and now currently with other duties. I work as a cashier at Wendy's in Renfrew. I am very excited to be participating in the Miss Teen Ontario East Pageant once again, due to the sense of community and the strong message of awareness that this pageant holds.

SOPHIA DECARLE  sponsored by Madawaska Valley Pageant
Hello, my name is Sophia DeCarle. I am 17 years old and currently in grade 11 at Madawaska Valley District High School in Barry’s Bay, Ontario. I have a great appreciation for the arts, and I love playing/learning different instruments and singing. I enjoy adventure and the outdoors! In my spare time I like to play sports and spend time with my friends and family. I play seasonal sports such as basketball, volleyball, badminton, and track. I am very interested in healthcare and working with children. After graduation in 2017, I am hoping to studying at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia to become a nurse. I am always eager to meet new people and learn new things. I am very excited to be a delegate in MTOE 2016!

MOIRA FRISKE sponsored by Jim New Pre-Owned
My name is Moira Friske. I am 15 years old and a grade 10 student at Renfrew Collegiate Institute.  I am extremely involved in my school and the community of Renfrew. I am on my school's Interact Club, Reach For The Top team, and in the Concert Band.  Outside of school, I participate in dance classes and am a member of the Renfrew Highland Pipes and Drums.  My family and friends are extremely important to me and they make me who I am today.  I love to volunteer with others and am very excited to participate in the Miss Teen Ontario East Pageant in 2016.

CRICKET GUEST sponsored by Mona Lisa Day Spa
"Hi! I'm Cricket Guest. I just returned home from a volunteer trip with Free the Children to Tanzania, Africa. It was honestly the most precious experience of my life. I have a deep love for travel and volunteering. As well as writing poetry, public speaking, painting, and acting. I'm a strongly passionate and opinionated person, especially when it comes to issues such as social rights. I hope to positively impact the lives of many. I hope you learned a bit about me, thank you!"

Good evening.  My name is Rinila Haridas and I am a 15 year old Grade 10 student from Ottawa, Ontario.  The best way to describe me would be “busy and active!”  I am an honour roll student who has a passion for sports and the Arts.  If I am not on a sports court of some kind, I can be found playing my violin.  Music is my passion and I also have an interest in travelling, Salsa dancing and learning Spanish.  I am looking forward to this year’s Teen Ontario East Pageant and am excited to participate in an event that supports such an amazing cause.

Hi my name is Megan King, I am 16 years old,in grade 10 and currently attending Bishop Smith Catholic High School in Pembroke. I moved to Renfrew County when I was 12 years old because my mother who is in the military was posted to base Petawawa, before that I lived in Montreal for 8 years. I feel as though growing up in the city has taught me how to get along with a variety of different people due to me being exposed to so many diverse cultures from such a young age, I believe it has helped shape me into the person I am today.
My interests include chemistry, biology, french and history. In  the future, I plan on going to university to get a degree in nursing and then specialize in neonatal intensive care.

My name is Nicole Nagy but Niki suits me fine and I'm not nearly as serious as my head shot would lead you to believe.  I'm in my last year at RCI and have had such a great time there and have gotten to know some really great people.  I'm that person who's everywhere all the time; I've never passed up an opportunity that's come my way and have been in almost every club and team at RCI because of it.  Can't see me?  Chances are that I'm in the school mascot costume, dying of heatstroke, while dancing madly to Uptown Funk!  I've been taking dance lessons (non-mascot) for 11 years, playing the piano for 12, and when I'm not running from practice to practice I'm at home with my mom binge watching old TV shows or chasing my grumpy cat around the house trying to make him "social".  I spent 3 months in France last year and it was the greatest experience of my life (I have not looked at cheese the same way since), I made so many great friends there and improved my French!  I'm so excited to finally participate in the pageant and look forward to meeting some incredible people, busting some dance moves, and strutting in a nice dress all for a great cause.     

ALLISON MASK  sponsored by Family & Friends

Hi my name is Alecia Neill and I am a 16 year old grade 10 honour rolle student at RCI.  I like to be active and am interested in sports (particularly snowboarding, swimming, rugby and volleyball), travel and I am a yoga enthusiast.  I am looking forward to participating in this year’s pageant and representing my sponsor Melcher’s Heating and Cooling.

 Hello, my name is Crystal Palubeskie! I am 16 years old, and currently in grade eleven at Madawaska Valley District High School in Barry’s Bay, Ontario. At school I take part in a leadership group called “Link Crew”. Throughout the school year, in this group, we do many various things to help the new grade nines feel more welcomed and comfortable at our school. I also love sports, at my school I try to take part in as many sports as I possibly can! However, my two favourites are volleyball and basketball. I play the guitar and piano; I took guitar lessons for 2 years and self taught myself piano. I am a very active student at my school, whether it’s sports or clubs I’ll be there! I couldn’t imagine my life any other way.

My name is Daphne Rose.  I am 16 years old and attending RCI as a grade 11 student.  I am very involved in school activities.  Just this year I have been on the dance committee and the interact committee.  Two of my favourite hobbies are dance and ringette.  My goal after graduating high school is to become a hairdresser or have a job in the fashion industry. This is my second year in the pageant and I am looking forward to meeting new challenges and to opening new doors for myself as I enter young adulthood.  

My name is Emma Schaly and I am 16 years of age in the 11th grade at RCI. I appreciate animals, art, music, and nature. I enjoy singing, dancing, drawing/painting, and exercise/healthy eating. I graduate next year and I have many future possibilities in mind. I would love to work as a journalist, dance choreographer, soul therapist, camp councilor or an environmentalist.   

I am 17 years old and a grade 12 student at St. Michaels Catholic High School in Kemptville and I was the  2014/2015 CHEO Champion representing all of the children and youth who are patients at CHEO. I have always been passionate about being involved with the CHEO Foundation and raising money for CHEO. I'm an avid skier, love playing hockey and being active. I work at my family restaurant as a hostess. I love being involved with my community and school volunteering in various events. My dream job would be to work in public relations and communications with children's hospitals.    

TORI VOLDOCK sponsored by DIXIE LEE Barry’s Bay
My name is Tori Voldock, I’m 15 years young and I’m currently in grade 10 at Bishop Smith Catholic High School. I live on a small lake on the outskirts of Barry’s Bay, so I know what the middle of nowhere really looks like! I live for sports and especially love downhill skiing, tennis, and track and field, to name a few. In my spare time I like to write my own music, and play cover songs. When I graduate high school I plan to go to school to become a conservation officer. I love nature! I enjoy hunting in the fall, and camping with my dad in the summer. I always strive to be an active member in my community by volunteering at the local nursing home, and supporting local clubs. A great belief of mine is to be an activist against bullying. Growing up I was a target of bullying and now I share my story with others so they know that they’re not alone. I will always help and stand up for others! One of my most important goals is to be a positive role model for young girls. I can’t wait for pageant weekend and to making new friends, and unforgettable memories

REBECCA WAITE sponsored by
My name is Rebecca Waite. I live in a small town called Foresters Falls, and I am a grade 11 student at Fellowes High School. I do a lot of volunteering in my community and devote a lot of my time to Golden Lake United Church Camp. I spend a lot of my time working on a dairy farm, playing guitar, singing, and doing things with my family. I love taking pictures, and spending time outside. Someday I hope to travel around the world doing missionary work, and after high school I plan to serve in the Canadian military. I have many dreams and plan to make most of them come true.

TIFFANY YAKABUSKIE sponsored by Barry’s Bay METRO
Good Evening!  My name is Tiffany Yakabuskie and I am a 15 year old Grade 10 student at Madawaska Valley High School.  My hobbies include skiing, music, playing the guitar and baking.  I love to bake!  One of the things I can boast about is I have received perfect attendance awards and kindness awards during my academic career.  I have a love for music and my favourite group is the Lumineers.  I am excited to be participating in the 2016 Teen Ontario East pageant.  I hope you enjoy the evening!