‘One of the most amaz­ing mo­ments of my life’

Annapolis Valley Register - - NEWS - By Ash­ley thomp­son Kingscountynews.ca ber­wick Ash­ley.thomp­son@kingscountynews.ca

Destiny Bartlett could get used to strolling through the Town of Ber­wick in her Gala Days at­tire.

The 15-year-old Ber­wick res­i­dent was crowned Queen Gala Days 2017 in the midst of a jam-packed fes­ti­val week­end Sept. 2. Six girls were vy­ing for the ti­tle, in­clud­ing Bartlett, sec­ond lady-in-wait­ing Alexis Ben­jamin, first lady-in-wait­ing Gwen Tromb­ley and Miss Spirit re­cip­i­ents Mary Morse, Casey Fran­cis and Lind­say Chi­as­son.

“It was amaz­ing. Per­son­ally, I wasn’t ex­pect­ing to be queen at all… it was one of the most amaz­ing mo­ments of my life,” said Bartlett, re­flect­ing on the day she was se­lected as queen.

The se­lec­tion process was ex­ten­sive, with each princess par­tic­i­pat­ing in a num­ber of ac­tiv­i­ties within the com­mu­nity be­fore a queen was cho­sen. Bartlett en­joyed tour­ing Grand View Manor and min­gling with res­i­dents, an­swer­ing im­promptu ques­tions, com­plet­ing in­ter­views, par­tic­i­pat­ing in a va­ri­ety of meet-and-greets and at­tend­ing the Princess Tea.

“I talked to a friend that had done it be­fore and I went for it,” she said, ex­plain­ing the ori­gin of her in­ter­est in the Queen Gala Days ti­tle.

“It was way bet­ter than I could have ever imag­ined.” She laughs while she re­counts the night all eyes were on her as she walked through Food­land in her dress, sash and tiara af­ter a Gala Days event.

“Ev­ery­one that I saw ei­ther smiled, waved or said ‘hello,’” she said.

“It was re­ally cool.”

Bartlett, a Grade 10 stu­dent at École Rose-desvents in Green­wood, has al­ready no­ticed dra­matic im­prove­ments in her pub­lic speak­ing since as­sum­ing the role of Queen Gala Days. She looks for­ward to gain­ing more new skills while at­tend­ing a num­ber of com­mu­nity func­tions as queen through­out the year.

“I’ve gained a lot of con­fi­dence,” she said.

Sub­mit­ted

Alexis Ben­jamin (first lady-in-wait­ing), Gwen Tromb­ley (sec­ond lady-in-wait­ing), Destiny Bartlett (Queen Gala Days 2017), Mary Morse, Casey Fran­cis and Lind­say Chi­as­son are pic­tured in some of their finest Gala Days at­tire.

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