Local teens impress at pageant
Nicole Keeping wins People’s Choice Award; Chantae Garland named Miss Photogenic
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.