Lo­cal teens im­press at pageant

Ni­cole Keep­ing wins Peo­ple’s Choice Award; Chan­tae Gar­land named Miss Pho­to­genic

The Compass - - TRINITY SOUTH -

Two young girls from Con­cep­tion Bay North man­aged to turn some heads at the Miss Teen New­found­land and Labrador pageant, held March 20 in St. John’s.

Ni­cole Kennedy of Spa­niard’s Bay re­ceived the Sub­way Peo­ple’s Choice Award, which was cho­sen by vot­ers in an on­line poll, and Chan­tae Gar­land of Caplin Cove was named Miss Pho­to­genic.

Both also made the top-10. There were 20 con­tes­tants in all.

Kennedy, who’s 14 and a stu­dent at Holy Redeemer school in Spa­niard’s Bay, also qual­i­fied to travel to Toronto in July to com­pete in the Miss Teen Canada World Pageant.

“If you be­lieve in your­self and have the sup­port of oth­ers you can do any­thing that you want,” Kennedy stated.

Over three days, the con­tes­tants com­peted in aca­demic, ath­letic and tal­ent com­pe­ti­tions, lead­ing up to the fi­nale on March 20.

Gar­land, mean­while, is a 15-year-old stu­dent at Bac­calieu Col­le­giate in Old Per­li­can.

“It was an over­whelm­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. I’d rec­om­mend it to any­body,” Gar­land said.

Gar­land’s sis­ter, Michaela, was a con­tes­tant in last year’s pageant. Her other sis­ter, 13-year-old Carissa, hopes to en­ter the 2012 con­test.

“I hope to en­ter again as well,” Gar­land said.

The win­ner was Chelsea But­ler of Con­cep­tion Bay South.

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