Shortly after being crowned Miss Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador last November, Kandice Power set an ambitious goal for herself — to attend 100 events during her year-long reign.
The 19-year-old, second-year Memorial University student is optimistic she’ll reach that goal by the time she crowns her successor on Nov. 10.
“I started off with a bang. I did five events in my first week and I’ve continued going.
“I have about 17 more events to attend to reach my 100 mark,” Power said Wednesday.
Miss Achievement N.L. is a scholarship program for young women aged 13-18.
Power volunteers with numerous organizations including Kids Eat Smart Foundation, Short Circuit Dream Fund, Ronald McDonald House and Special Olympics.
A four-time winner of the Paradise Youth of the Year Award, she won the Avalon Achievement Scholarship Competition in 2010 and a provincial government URock Award earlier this year for her volunteer work in the community. Power competed in Miss Achievement N.L. on three occasions. The third time was a charm, she says.
“These competitions are based on academics, your public speaking abilities, how you can converse with the judges and how confident you present yourself. … So just the process of competing and meeting so many like-minded people, betters you, no matter where you place.”
What is your full name?
Kandice Tanya Power
Where and when were you born?
St. John’s, May 1994.
Where is home today?
Paradise, where our name says it all.
What has been your most memorable
experience as Miss Achievement N.L.?
Other than being crowned, which was the most exhilarating experience of my life, I would have to say it was when I got to present medals for the Special Olympics Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Games. My sister (Felicia Power) competed in rhythmic gymnastics and won the gold medal. I got to present her with her medal. That was absolutely fantastic.
What has your volunteer work with Special Olympics taught you?
Special Olympics has taught me to define people by their abilities and not their disabilities. They are capable of doing so much but a lot of people won’t give them the chance to. When you volunteer with Special Olympics you get to see the athletes blossom.
What is your greatest indulgence?
Reading. I spend more money on books than my mother knows. For my 19th birthday, when most people would indulge in other things, I went out and bought a Kobo with my birthday money.
What motivates you?
I’m a very goal-driven person. When I set a goal for myself I work very hard to achieve it.
If you could change one thing about yourself,
what would it be?
My height. My personality is much too big for my tiny little body.
What’s your pet peeve?
I really don’t like it when people drink directly out of the milk carton or orange juice bottle. That drives me up the wall.
What is your greatest fear?
Heights over water. I can deal with heights and I can deal with water. But I can’t deal with the two together. So if you ask me to go to St. Philip’s or Portugal Cove, you’d better bring a blindfold.
Where do you see yourself after you complete your degree at Memorial?
I plan on running for council here in Paradise and hopefully I’ll be working in marketing. I’d love to work for an airline.
What is your personal motto?
Stop saying I wish and start saying I will.
Do you have any hidden talents?
I have my blue belt in karate. They used to call me the bully because I was really, really aggressive.
What are your best and worst qualities?
My best quality is definitely my ambition. Going after what I want. My worst quality is that I’m really messy. You don’t want to go into my room.
Who inspires you?
Kora Liegh Russell, a former Miss Achievement. She went through so much in her life and she gives back so much to her community. She just astounds me. She’s a beautiful person.
Who are your biggest fans?
My mom and dad (Donna and David Power). They are always here for me. My mom takes me everywhere.
Who would you like to be stuck in an elevator with?
Jennifer Lawrence from “The Hunger Games” and “Silver Linings Playbook.” She’s absolutely crazy. She’d be able to amuse me.
Which person, alive or dead, would you like to have lunch with?
Since I’m a Harry Potter freak, I’d say J.K. Rowling. I’d love to ask her how the characters turned out after the books.
What is the most important message you’d like to pass on to the province’s youth?
It’s really important that you have confidence and that, when you get involved in something, that you stay at it. It’s always good to work hard until you get what you want. Never give up.
I’ll give you the last word. What do you want to say?
Applications for Miss Achievement are due in on Sept. 30. I’d really suggest to everyone (that’s eligible) that they take a look and consider applying because it’s such a great experience.