Three lo­cals in Miss Teen pageant

The Compass - - EDITORIAL OPINION -

Shealyn Jer­ret­tof Cavendish,natalie His­cock of Car­bon­ear and Am­ber Samms of Bay Roberts are among 24 youth am­bas­sadors from around the prov­ince com­pet­ing in the Miss Teen Achieve­ment New­found­land and Labrador Schol­ar­ship Pageant this week­end.

The young women will gather in St. John’s Nov. 3-6 for the 2011-12 pageant.

The win­ner will be crowned dur­ing a gala at Holy Heart Au­di­to­rium on Sun­day, Nov. 6.

Since its in­cep­tion in 2006, the not-for-profit schol­ar­ship pro­gram has handed out nearly $ 40,000 in schol­ar­ships.

The win­ner of the 201-12 Miss Teen Achieve­ment New­found­land and Labrador com­pe­ti­tion will take home a $2,000 schol­ar­ship com­pli­ments of Ben­nett Restau­rants and the Miss Teen Achieve­ment New­found­land and Labrador Schol­ar­ship Fund.

Other schol­ar­ships will be awarded for aca­demics, healthy liv­ing, per­for­mance re­lated tal­ents, com­mu­nity ser­vice, vol­un­teer work and teen spirit.

Joanne March, a former Miss New­found­land and Labrador, is co-or­di­nat­ing the pageant.

“Since 2006, all of our schol­ar­ship of­fer­ings have dou­bled and so have the num­ber of par­tic­i­pants,” March said in a news re­lease.

“Young peo­ple are ea­ger to learn and un­der­stand their com­mu­nity and the im­pact it has on their lives,” the pageant spokes­woman said.

“They want to learn how to re­late in­di­vid­u­ally and through group ef­forts, to work ef­fec­tively in com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties, pro­grams and or­ga­ni­za­tions.

“De­vel­op­ing their skills and knowl­edge in com­mu­nity lead­er­ship to­day will help them gain the ex­pe­ri­ence re­quired to carry out com­mu­nity projects and im­prove the ar­eas in which they live.”

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