Montreal native 18-year old Megha Sandhu crowned Miss Teen Canada-World 2012

Sandhu beat 64 finalists from across the country to become Canada's next teen beauty and goodwill ambassador

TORONTO, July 24, 2012 /CNW/ - On Saturday evening, 18-year-old Megha Sandhu was crowned Miss Teen Canada-World 2012, beating 64 of Canada's best and brightest teenaged women for the prestigious title. The show was a must-attend event in Canada's young entertainment world, featuring hosts Luke Bilyk from Degrassi: The Next Generation and a special performance by Multi-Platinum Artist Karl Wolf.   At the event, a cheque for $60,000 was presented to the Free The Children orgainization, the money was raised by the collective fundraising efforts of all the finalists.

It takes a lot more than a pretty face to win the title of Miss Teen Canada-World and Megha Sandhu definitely embodies the complete package of beauty, brains and confidence - not to mention a signature runway strut as she was also awarded with "Best in Runway" at the pageant. Megha just recently finished her first year in Health Sciences at Marianopolis College in Westmount. A real science buff, Megha is always on the lookout for new learning opportunities to better understand the scientific world. In 2011, she worked alongside her mentor at the Meakins-Christie Laboratories of McGill University, where she observed the results of an experiment about asthma, earning her a silver medal at her school's Science Fair. Enthusiastic about the performing arts, she models, acts and does Indian classical dancing, Bharat Natyam. Passionate for sports, Megha has played on six inter-scholastic teams including; soccer, basketball, cross country, track and field, flag-football and the Halo road race.

"I am looking forward to the wide variety of opportunities that I will experience throughout my reign, things that would have never been possible before," said Megha Sandhu, Miss Teen Canada-World 2012. "I also hope to make a difference with special-needs children in the school environment. My brother was diagnosed with autism at a very young age so this cause is very near and dear to my heart."

A strong charitable component is central to the contest and Miss Teen Canada-World has the opportunity to work closely with the Free the Children charity throughout her yearlong reign. Megha will visit schools and development projects in under-developed nations for mission trips and will have the opportunity interact with the children directly affected by Free the Children.  This year, Megha will also have the opportunity to work closely with Cardiac Kids, a charity dedicated to raising much-needed funds for children who are suffering from congenital heart disease.

Among other prizes, Megha will receive over $30,000 in cash and prizes, including $4000 cash from the MTC-W organization, a professional photoshoot with renowned photographer Richard Sibbald, an assortment of handbags from Jeanne Lottie, a competition wardrobe from Bells and Bows bridal, a trip to Kenya with Free The Children, a Caribbean Grad Trip courtesy of S-Trip, and a $1000 Scholarship to the Toronto Academy of Acting.

Megha takes over the role of Miss Teen Canada-World from the reigning title-holder, Lauren Howe. Through her savvy social media involvement, Canada can follow Megha on her blog at wwww.missteencanadaworld.com as she begins her reign, inspiring other teens to get involved and make a difference. Her first event will be representing Canada at the international Miss Teenager Pageant in Guatemala on August 19th, 2012.

View some of the photos available: http://www.flickr.com/photos/15689390@N08/page2/

For more information about the Miss Teen Canada World Organization visit
www.missteencanadaworld.com

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SOURCE: MISS TEEN CANADA - WORLD INC.

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