A local resident has won the title of Miss Teen Buffalo/Rochester
Alivia Sheffield, 18, of Van Buren Point, was crowned Miss Teen Buffalo/Rochester 2014 on Oct. 12 at the competition at Batavia High School. She had been anonymously nominated for the initial interview, where more than 300 girls competed for a chance at the title. From there, 150 were selected from four age groups to go through the training process that prepared them for the pageant.
On the first day of the competition, Sheffield gave a three-minute interview, during which judges asked her, "What do you value more, money or glamour?" She answered, "I don't value either of those. I value happiness."
Day two was more intense. There was a "casual wear" portion, during which the teenagers showed the "grace and poise" they learned during training. After that, the "formal wear" portion included answering the question, "What is your most important goal in life, and why?" The girls were told this question upon arrival on day two, and had time to plan.
There was an abundance of future doctors, models and fashion designers. Sheffield, though, confidently told the judges "Our world is in a lot of trouble environmentally, socially and spiritually, and I would like to contribute to the conservation of our world for future generations."
From there, the top ten competitors of each division were selected and announced. Alivia was among them. The 10 girls were each handed a sealed question, randomly distributed. The contestants had no time to prepare for the questions. Sheffield was asked "What do you think is the biggest challenge teens face today?" She answered "I think the biggest challenge teens face today is fitting in, especially in middle school and high school. True beauty is what's on the inside, but too many people don't take the time to realize that."
From the top 10, five girls received trophies. When the time came to announce the first place winner, Sheffield said she was content with not taking home a trophy. "Top 10 was good enough for me. It took guts to get up there in the first place and I don't need a crown to feel like I did well. I didn't think they were going to call my name."
There were tears in her eyes when they called her name and number. She was given a trophy, sash and tiara, as well as an expenses-paid trip to compete for Miss Teen USA in Orlando, Fla., in December, where contestants will compete for a $30,000 scholarship.
Sheffield is the daughter of Dave and Lisa Sheffield, and the granddaughter of Mary Ann Nordstrom, Fran Buchanan and Dave Sheffield, all of whom live locally.
She is a 2013 Honors Graduate of Fredonia High School, currently enrolled at Jamestown Community College, studying environmental science. She is in the Earth Awareness Club, a full-time member of the Activity Board, and is running for Student Senate. In her free time, she is a professional clown and the owner of Clowning Around. She also enjoys unicycling, camping, and spending time with her nieces, Ava and Addison. She is a vegetarian and animal rights activist, and the proud parent of many pets.
Sheffield was proud to represent Vector Marketing of Jamestown, Tim Horton's of Fredonia, DASCA Vending and the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club. She would like to express her gratitude to these businesses for their sponsorship.