2015 Spokester Search: Tiffani Q.

Each applicant was asked to create a how-to video and answer two questions.

Tiffani is a 20 year-old from Portland

Hi! My name is Tiffani Quang. I am twenty years old and I live in Portland, Maine. I am attending Southern Maine Community College. I planned to study at the school for two years but I really did not know what I wanted to do with my life until last year. I thought that I wanted to be in the science field but I realized that it was not my calling, what I realized is that I loved business. The first year of college, I took all science courses so I am a little behind on my college career. I also make fashion youtube videos and I have been making videos since I was thirteen years old. I believe that people shouldn't overthink about the past and look forward to the future and the possible opportunities that lay ahead. I am excited to be participating in the Young & Free Maine Spokesperson and I wish everyone luck!

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How-to video

Top 10 list all about me

  1. I can speak Chinese and English
  2. I wear heels on a daily basis
  3. I love doing Arts and Crafts
  4. I saw the dress white and gold
  5. I can draw my eyeliner in one swoop
  6. I attended Chinese school for 15 years
  7. I am not allergic to anything!
  8. I can touch my toes without bending my knees
  9. I have a second youtube channel for video editing 
  10. I started making Youtube videos when I was 13

My greatest learning experience

When I was thirteen years old, I created fun little videos with cartoon sprites. From that time on, I loved making videos and editing videos for fun. Fast forward three years, I realized that I really had no idea what to do with my life. I was uninspired, lazy, and bored. I went through my closet, and picked out a bunch of outfits to wear for fun. I spread out the outfits on my floor and took a picture of them and put it on Instagram. I kept doing this and I gained followers from just showing my outfits I put together. I then realized how much I loved fashion. From then on, my love for fashion has grown into a blog, and a Youtube Channel. Being experienced with social media will help me be a spokes person for Young Free Maine. I know what young adults love and what they are interested in. I am very experienced with video editors, and photoshop. I also know a little bit about HTML because I built my blog (with a little help from google). I love everything social media related.


2015 Spokester Search: Hannah S.

Each applicant was asked to create a how-to video and answer two questions.

Hannah is a 19 year-old from Mapleton

My name is Hannah! I'm 19 years old and currently studying Education at the University of Maine at Farmington. I love working out and I'm currently in training for a fitness competition. I love dancing, acting, singing and blogging about my life.

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How-to video

Top 10 list all about me

10. I have been blogging for a year and have 5,000 followers along with a variety of other social media accounts, making my total follower/connection number closer to 10,000.

9. I'm very multitalented - I can sing, dance, and act!

8. I have been a dancer for 15 years.

7. I have won 6 pageants since I was 6 years old.

6. I am currently in training for an NPC fitness bikini competition.

5. I have the LOUDEST laugh of all of my friends - they hate/love me for it!

4. I plan on attending the Disney College Program as soon as I graduate from UMF.

3. I plan to work in Disney as a Princess Actress after the College Program before I become a teacher!

2. I got into a terrible car accident in December, rolling my vehicle over 3 times and landing in a ditch upside down... I made it out with only some scratches!

1. I can name 30 Disney movies on the spot if you asked - maybe more!


My greatest learning experience

During the summer of 2014, I competed in the Maine Potato Queen pageant. I had to prepare a dance, interview skills, fitness wear and evening gown wear to work for the judges. I also had to pick a platform - something I'd promote if I won. My platform was Social media safety and cyber bullying. I ended up winning the pageant and had the chance to go into middle schools and talk about my experiences with cyber bullying and how I handled it. I have been cyber bullied up until last semester and it's been really hard for me. When I gave the kids examples of what I had dealt with, it was fulfilling to see them react as they did - full of surprise. Although going into the middle schools and seeing these kids was supposed to be a learning experience for them, and I'm sure it was, it was for me as well. I got to sit down and talk to the kids on a personal level and hear about their bullying experiences, especially the online on es, and learned how corrupted our younger generation can be when it comes to social networking. It taught me how important it is to be a role model online and that whatever we post on social media is something the younger children can see. Here is what I said onstage about cyber bullying during my pageant and the lessons I am spreading throughout my rein, 

"Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Snapchats, texting… Social media is here to stay. It can be positive, a way to stay in touch or share pictures. Unfortunately, cyber-bullying has become an epidemic with several websites allowing its users the ability to remain anonymous while making cruel statements about others. My focus on social media awareness and the impact it has on children and teens is due to the fact that a pervasive onslaught of online bullying faces our youth today. It is my intention to teach and build understanding, for my younger peers, of how many people can see your actions online and the damage that can occur from poor choices. 

A targeted individual can quickly become a victim of bullying, name-calling, and harassment by hundreds, whether they know them in person or not. Many teens develop depression, anxiety, eating disorders, or commit self-harm acts. Tragically, only 1 in 10 of these teens tell their parents about the online abuse. 

Students as young as the elementary level are witnesses to or subjects of this issue. Teaching children and young teen’s social media skills and online safety is crucial. We must model social networking in a highly positive light. In my attempt to be an outstanding role model for the youth, I keep my posts positive and uplifting. I strive each day to be the best person I can be. The bully isn’t only in the hallway at school or on the bus anymore… they can be in your home, as you sit in bed, right in front of you, on your screen, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This destructive trend must be stopped. We must keep our online actions positive ones and our own posts should reflect what we would say face to face. So next time, think before you tweet, young eyes are watching.” 

2015 Spokester Search: Cadyn W.

Each applicant was asked to create a how-to video and answer two questions.

I am a 21-year-old from Turner

If taken literally, I am enjoying my quiet Sunday evening in bed. In the more general aspect of things, I'm doing my darnedest to keep everything around me clean! I work at Ricker Hill Orchards in Turner, Maine (you've probably seen the cider jugs with the pretty trees on them in every Hannaford in the state); here, I assist the Beverage Engineer with his "dream job" of making hard cider. . . and I clean up after all that dreaming. Not that I mind—I love keeping things tidy! I don't just clean, either; I file paperwork, submit taxes every month, and—best part, folks—write laboratory and safety procedures. I attended the University of Maine at Farmington for three years and earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. Although the kind of writing I do now isn't quite what I'd imagined a year ago, I enjoy it nonetheless; might as well hone my skills in realms other than fiction and poetry! Anyway, enough babbling... I guess that's what happens when you give someone with this particular degree writing prompts.

Top 10 list all about me

1. I consider myself a cat-toilet-training guru. This is a great conversation starter, once I've exhausted every last cat picture from my phone. 

2. I'm dead clumsy, but a (miraculously) good dancer. Maybe I'll upload one of my routines to YouTube. . . like Gangnam Style! I got second place in a Relay for Life drag show for dressing up as Psy and dancing to Gangnam Style. To this day, still my favorite song.

3. I can pronounce Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateat
uripukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenua
kitanatahu. Yes, it's a real word!

4. I love to run, even though I have hip, knee, and ankle issues. It makes me feel strong, like I can do anything. 

5. I am the opposite of claustrophobic; instead of gazing at the sky and marveling at how big this universe is, I'm more comfortable climbing into a 1,500-gallon, stainless steel cider tank and scrubbing every last inch of it (which is a big part of my current occupation). 

6. I'm such a neat freak that all the hangers in my closet are EXACTLY one inch apart. Bad thing? No way! This picky little home habit (amongst many others) helps me at work, too; everything, and I mean everything, has a place!

7. I can fall asleep anywhere, and in almost any position. Asphalt? Sure! Standing up? No sweat! 110 degrees? Pfft! 

8. I once wrote a speech about how I shouldn't have to give said speech. I was such an introverted little high-schooler that I did everything in my power to avoid public speaking. Oh, I still had to give the speech. . . but everyone loved it.

9. I've read the entire Harry Potter series thirty-six times. Thanks to J.K. Rowling and her precious stories, I became inspired to write. And just look at me now. . .

10. I love being scared. Horror movies, roller coasters, in-class presentations—you name it! If I can conquer those, I can conquer the world.


My greatest learning experience

For the longest time, I felt like I didn't have a voice—that I didn't deserve a voice. Why should a shy little nobody be listened to? She has nothing to say!

One day, however, that mode of thinking changed. My ordinary, sophomore-level English class, studying "A Tale of Two Cities", was assigned to pick a character and write a monologue. We were asked to truly delve into the character's thoughts and feelings pertaining to the French Revolution. . . and our presentations had to be five minutes long. Nothing life-threatening, right? 

To me, however, it was ALL wrong. I just knew I wouldn't be able to pull this presentation off, even if my character happened to be Madame Defarge, my favorite. I fretfully worked over and over again on my rough draft, trying not to cry with every mistake. I was ready to give up; I couldn't write anything that earned the title of monologue! Nobody would like it! The words didn't sound fancy enough!

After a few more hours of worrying, something bounced across my mind: who cares if the words didn't sound fancy? Was Madame Defarge a fancy lady? Of course not! She was a fierce, no-nonsense creature who needed to be captured that way. I then told myself that, maybe, I should remember something that made me really angry and write about that. So I did. Afterward, I told myself that that anger needs to seep into Madame Defarge's monologue, that she needs to do the writing now. 

To this day, I don't recall the contents of that monologue; what I do remember, however, is all that anger I channeled from Madame Defarge. I didn't memorize something I wrote—Madame Defarge spoke from her heart, the heart that found its way onto the page. 

I thought nothing of my presentation when it was over, but then my fellow students gathered around me and told me that they hardly recognized me up there. Who was that girl, giving such a powerful monologue? It was so nice to hear her voice; she should read more often!

It took me a while to come to the conclusion that it was the mindset I put myself in prior to writing that brought my work to life. In doing this, I finally managed to find a voice. It may not exactly be my voice, but I'm getting closer and closer with each new piece I write.

In fact, what you're reading right now isn't fully me, fully Cadyn. Oh, she's in there—but you're mostly reading the work of a perky blogger who's creating a rough draft for her college application essay. 

If she were to get this Spokester position, though, she would steadily break through barrier after barrier until her voice, HER voice is heard. 

And that's all she's ever wanted.