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It is so hard to believe that this year is finally coming to an end! Honestly this year has been life changing in so many ways! I have made some amazing friends, that I talk to on a daily basis,  learned so many great skills and have gained confidence that will carry me through life. I am so thankful for this opportunity I was given, and the friends I met along the way!

could not live without these girls!

It makes me so happy to walk away with three real friendships, especially because real friends are hard to find! I love these girls with all my heart! While in Toronto Dani, Herleen, Khloe and I took ridiculous selfies, photobombed every picture we could, never stopped talking and cracking jokes with each other and talking about food and sleep. (The typical things teenage girls talk about)

In Toronto my favourite part of the week was seeing the pandas and the polar bear at the zoo! I love pandas so much and these ones were just way too cute! They would pose with you in pictures or hide depending on who you were that was pretty awesome to see! Another amazing this was being on New.Music.Live and being part of the studio audience! It has been a long time dream to be in the Much Music studios!  I enjoyed being able to shop and seeing CN Tower

Dani, The Panda and I

as well! We also went to the Distillery District which is a cute little area in downtown Toronto! Where we did a scavenger hunt and ate gellato!

During our week in Toronto we had an Official photoshoot, Which was pretty cool! That is one thing I enjoyed through out the year was the photoshoots I participated in! Many with a dear friend Sharon, some with Jason at Focal Point all of which were exciting and fun! Some days I wish my mom was as good at taking photos as they are!

Through out my year as Miss Teen Prince George – World 2013 I did a lot of activities through out Prince George! A lot of appearances I made were at the mall!  I handed out candy on Hallowe’en, walked in the Santa Clause Parade, Hung out with Frosty the Snowman at the Snowdaze festival! I also was able to volunteer at a local hockey game for the Prince George Cougars, the Two Rivers Art Gallery, and Prince George Dance Festival! I also made appearances many places including The Festival of Trees, Canada Day and the Relay for Life!

Honestly this year has been so unforgettable, I am happy I took the leap to join Miss Teen Canada – World in the first place! I hope you will take the leap of faith too!

A picture from the official photoshoot!

Thank you to everyone who supported, believed and prayed for me in the past year! I am so appreciative of everything I have learned and received in the past year! I can’t wait to see what type of things will be waiting for me around the next corner! As my highschool career comes to an end and I head off to college and the real world! But no matter what happens to me in the future I will have the memories, lessons and friendships that I have acquired through out this year!

I Love You All, Never Stop Believing in Yourself! You can do anything you put your mind too!

Lots Of Love, Kisses and Hugs


Written by: Karli Ralston
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Trying to choose a single place to travel is like pulling teeth to me, as I aspire and would love to travel the world. When it comes to choosing your destination, S-Trip can help take the hastle out of planning your dream trip!

For over 35 years S-Trip! has been a leader in student travel providing life-changing trips to over 40,000 students annually in over 40 destinations around the world. S-Trip! travelers are encouraged to become global citizens; opening their eyes to new cultures, languages, and experiences. Recently named Profit Magazine’s 25th fastest growing company in Canada, and recognized as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies by Deloitte and CIBC, S-Trip! is a leader in student travel in North America. Find out more at www.s-trip.com

The one place my heart is yearning for lately has been Scotland, the rolling hills and the sound of bagpipes call my name. The amazing dancers and castles draw me in! “But why Scotland?” You’re probably thinking. I started highland dancing when I was six and a half and haven’t stopped since. In September I will start my eleventh year dancing at my dance studio. This summer my studio is taking a trip to Scotland that I am not able to attend, even though I am upset that I will not be with them. I will travel to Scotland nonetheless. 

My dream vacation to Scotland would be with all my friends I have been dancing with since I was seven! I think the most amazing part would be able to roadtrip around to different dance competitions everyday! We could god to a lot of different castles as well as other site seeing too. I would love to be able to learn the history of Scotland as well!

S-Trip! takes student travellers on unforgettable adventures around the world. Celebrate the exciting conclusion of high school in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Cuba, Costa Rica or Bahamas with all your friends onGrad Trip. Spend a weekend skiing or snowboarding at one of Canada’s premier mountain resorts on Ski Trip. Experience culture, sightseeing and events in Montreal or Quebec City on Busaway. Make a difference in an underdeveloped country on an impactful student Volunteer Trip. Explore the culture and history of Europe on Euro Adventure. For more information visit: www.s-trip.com.



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If given a budget to make a commercial, there are many things to consider. Starting with who you want to target; My company’s target audience is the mothers of families, they are the main consumers when it comes to buying food, as well as necessities. In all honesty a child or teenager would not think about buying a towel, and neither would a father. That would lead to the logic of targeting the mother and wife. Every company needs a catchy phrase; mine is “Every towel comes with a smile!”. As well as being mindful of the budget! This is my rendition of a commercial for Signature Towels.

First Scene – The commercial opens up to a beautiful living room with a bunch of ladies having a baby shower to celebrate the birth of a new born baby girl. The new mother has a lot of gifts but one sticks out to her the most; a beautiful package wrapped with a pink satin ribbon. She reaches for the custom box and brushes her hand over the beautiful box and unties the satin ribbon. As she opens the box her face turns to a look of awe. Sitting there in the box were a set of beautiful pink and purple personalized bath towels with the name Lily embroidered in white. The plush towels drew everyone in the room in with ohs and awes.

Second Scene – Later that day the mother laid the baby down to have a nap in her nursery,  a little while later the mother starts to hear her baby cry. In a rush she went to see what was wrong with her baby! She scooped her up in her arms but that didn’t seem to help so she took her to the living room and unwrapped the box with the embroidered towel. She wrapped her baby girl in the beautiful pink towel and almost instantly the baby stopped crying. The comfort, warmth and plush of the towel brought a smile to her face. Now happy as every she fell asleep in her mother’s arms.

Third Scene – The background turns to a solid white with the Signature Towels logo,  a female narrator says “Every Towel Comes With A Smile!” 



I think this commercial has the target to the audience that is needed and is straight to the point. I used my inspiration of my growing family with a baby due in August to my dad! I love children so it just seemed the best to incorporate one! Thank you to Signature Towels for sponsoring the Miss Teen Canada – World 2013, third blog challenge!


Karli! 🙂

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During the Cariboo Gold Rush thousands of men flocked to the Cariboo region in search of gold. Everyone the world over had caught gold fever! In 1858 rumours caused failed miners in California to pack up and head to the vast lands in Canada. In 1861, Billy Barker struck gold on William’s Creek. The town of Barkerville appeared almost overnight! At the peak of the Gold Rush, Barkerville had over 10,000 people who occupied the small mining town.  Barkerville was known as the largest city north of San Francisco and west of Chicago, located in the interior of British Columbia near Quesnel.

Currently Barkerville is a booming historic site that sees thousands of people through it’s gates every year. People from all over the world travel to British Columbia’s interior to visit Barkerville! The majority of people who visit Barkerville, claim that there is enough to do that you have to stay two days to see it all! Which means spending the night in one of the allegedly haunted hotels. Barkerville has it’s own Chinatown, with restaurants and general stores. The other part of town, has a school house where you can experience school in the 1800’s. As well as a church and an old photo studio where you can get dressed up in period clothing and take pictures. You can pan for real gold and rent costumes for the whole day! The amazing actors and actresses never break the roles! There is a real theatre that does shows everyday! They have many stores and restaurants all over, including a confectionery, bakery, saloon, authentic stage coach that leads to the courthouse. There are many tours that take place in Barkerville, a tour of the town, and Chinatown, and the unveiling of the Cornish water wheel. You can also attend a holy communion, and a court case in the old courthouse. This picture was taken the last time I was in Barkerville in 2007! 

Barkerville is honestly and amazing place to visit! It’s like stepping back in time to the Gold Rush. I recommend every Canadian to take a trip there in their lifetime! You can learn more about the history in your own country, and have fun while doing it! You can learn more about Barkerville by clicking this link: http://www.barkerville.ca/

Thanks Niagara Falls for sponsoring the Miss Teen Canada World 2nd blog challenge!

Love, Karli!

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The worlds biggest focus in recent history is Global Warming and being Environmentally Friendly. The biggest question is how or what is Eco Friendly? When looking for cars you want fuel efficiency, appliances should be energy star, furniture can be recycled, as well as plastics and clothing, but when it comes to buildings, what should you look for? A popular company name Tiocoat has the answer! They have come up the white roof solution! The white roof reflects the light of the sun and in turn makes the building cooler, more places should invest in technology like this! 

When it came to picking a building in my community it was quite the challenge, we have many buildings in Prince George that are considered green! The University of Northern BC is known as “Canada’s Green University”, The new RCMP building being built as well as some schools, but when it came down to choosing one I had to go with the Two Rivers Art Gallery. 

The majority of the buildings in downtown Prince George run on The District Energy System. The District Energy System is a renewable source of energy, as well as help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The District Energy System also provides stability for the city of Prince George. The Two Rivers Art Gallery is one of many buildings downtown that runs on the District Energy System, this saves the Art Gallery 70% of the energy needed to run the Gallery for a month! The Art Gallery uses ambient LED lights that adjust to the changing light in the Gallery.  This helps save another 50% of used energy! The front of the gallery has floor to ceiling windows that allow the light in but keep the heat out in turn making the building very cool. One of the best parts of the Gallery that makes the building stand out in Prince George is the big beams! These beams are quite the eye stopper! They are made from small pieces of recycled wood that have laminated together to form a large beam. The front of the art gallery has eight of there massive beams! These beams would take eight big trees away from the rain forest but instead they used this Eco- friendly solution.

The Art Gallery runs a variety of programs through out the year. The one that is very close to my heart is called “Art Heals” it is a popular program at that incorporates art into the live of paediatric patients, as well as youth at the Psychiatric Assessment Unit. This program is an amazing way to give back to the community! The Art Gallery also has many different summer programs including BMO Kidz Art Dayz which I have the opportunity to volunteer at this year, as well as many other programs including dancing, painting, sewing, sculpting and many other activities that all use recyclable materials! The Art Gallery is Eco- Friendly and fun!

Thanks for reading,

Love Karli 🙂


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I have dreamed of going to Japan since I was eight years old, and now that I have come back, I am already planning my second trip. When people ask me: “How was your trip to Japan, Karli?” I honestly can’t sum up the time I spent in Japan in words. The entire trip left me speechless. I met so many amazing people, ate some very strange food and went to some very awesome places. Two weeks just wasn’t long enough, and I wish I was still there.

During my stay in Japan I went to the Tokyo Skytree, the tallest tower in Japan! at a height of almost 2000 feet! We went to the 350th floor! We went to many different prefectures including Enoshima, a little island area with a boardwalk, a beach and surfers. Kamakura, which houses the tallest seated Buddha statue in the world at 47 feet. We also went to  Kawagoe prefecture, which ressembles a cute village town. The Ghibi museum, which is director and animator Hiyao Miyazaki’s own creation based on his animated Japanese films some popular ones includes My Neighbour Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service and Spirited Away. This was one of my favourite places to visit!  We also went shopping in some of Tokyo’s best shopping malls including: Shibuya, Harajuku, Omiya, and Sunshine 60. We spend a day in  Tokyo Disneyland, which was amazing because it was my first trip to a Disneyland ever! We went down splash mountain twice, and saw monks on a roller coaster! We went to The Edo museum which is a renowned history museum. Saitama Children’s zoo, which was amazing, it had a lot of animals you don’t see in zoo’s often! Like red pandas, kangaroos, koalas, and sloths!


We also went to Asakusa, We visited the Sensō-ji  which is the most famous Buddhist temple in Japan! It is surrounded by a bunch of little shops and stalls with an array of different souvenirs! Many people around Asakusa were dressed in traditional kimono! It was so beautiful there! I would like to go again to see everything it has a lot to see and we had so little time!

While in Japan I tried many different things I would never think about eating in Canada or that Canada would even have. Some things that stick out in my mind are Mochi which is a sticky chewy consistency almost like gum! that has a bunch of fillings or sauces on the outside. The thing that surprised me the most and slightly scared me was a salad, I thought it was all vegetables but after thinking these shredded pieces that appeared to be daikon  turned out to be little fish I was a little scared! One last thing was umeboshi: or pickled plums.. they sound nice.. but they are the most bitter things in the world! I tried REAL ramen! Strawberry Churros, the best hamburgers in the world! I also tried Japanese Mcdonalds which was honestly the best thing, It was real chicken and just lovely (even though still unhealthy).  My favourite thing I ate there was Ohagi, which is rice ball dipped in sweet soy bean flour! It was amazing!

They’re are many uniquely Japanese things we experienced my favourite was Japanese culture day that our host school held for us! They gave us each our own Yukata to keep! They also gave us the opportunity to participate in a traditional tea ceremony! One thing that I personally experienced every morning was a long commute to school by train, and bus. It was two hours each way. That already sounds crazy but when you add to the fact that these trains are crowded to the point you can’t move or breathe it gets a little chaotic! The funny things about the train is that people can just fall asleep standing up! In school we took a calligraphy class, which is actually really hard. We also spent a night doing karaoke which was amazing, you can’t go to Japan without doing karaoke!

Thanks for reading my blog about Japan, comment with any questions you may have!                   i’ll be happy to answer them!


Written by: Karli Ralston
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