A Lloydminster girl with Drumheller ties is heading to the Miss Teen Canada Globe.
Ayden Kosko, daughter of Dave and Stacey, has roots in the valley. Life has brought them to Lloydminster, and this is where Ayden is launching her bid to be Miss Teen Canada Globe.
Ayden is currently Miss Lloydminster and she interviewed to be part of the Miss Teen Canada Globe Competition. Out of the more than 1,000 applications, she made the top 50 who are heading to Toronto this August.
Ayden, 15, learned in March that she was going to the pageant, however over the last year, she has been very active competing in pageants, and finds she is busy almost every weekend. In April, she achieved her highest Mega Grand Supreme Title, through the Royal Alberta Pageantry and the Royal Saskatchewan Pageantry.
She is finding it rewarding.
“It helps with my self-confidence. I used to be really shy, I could never talk to more than two people, now I can do public speaking,” she said.
On top of her personal gains, she is also giving back, and has been actively working to raise awareness and funds for concussion and brain injury.
“Earlier in December I fell and had a brain injury for about three months,” she said. “Now I want to help other people, because I got over it, I want to raise awareness because it can happen to anyone.”
She has been working with the Lloydminster and Area Brain Injury Society.
Before the Miss Teen Canada Globe competition she has Nationals with Royal Alberta Pageantry in Nisku July 14 and Central All Canadian Pageant in Nisku July 29, before she heads off to Toronto on August 15.
Her mother Stacey explains during the first few days of the national pageant, there will be regional competitions for titles. There is also an award called Miss Teen Canada Charity for the contestant who is most active in their charity work.
After that, the final contest is underway with the winner being crowned on August 25.
Fans of Ayden can help her on her journey. She explains that there is an online contest for all the contestants. Voting for Ayden can help her earn points that can propel her forward in the competition.
The winner and runners-up from the Miss Teen Canada Globe competitions are able to pursue international competitions.