Much more than a beauty pageant

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She also main­tains a 95 per cent av­er­age, prov­ing that she’s more than ca­pa­ble of jug­gling a busy life­style and ex­celling at what­ever she puts her mind to.

“All she needs is very sup­port­ive par­ents to drive her,” quipped Jackie Laracy, Jessie’s proud mother. Her fa­ther is Ed Fewer.

Jessie rose to the top of a very com­pet­i­tive field of 10 con­tes­tants to win the crown, which was pre­sented by Car­bon­ear’s El­iz­a­beth Hicks, who won the pageant in 2011-12.

Far from a tra­di­tional “beauty pag- eant,” con­tes­tants in this event are also judged on their in­ter­view skills, speak­ing abil­ity, fit­ness, friend­ship and much more.

It’s not the first time a mem­ber of this fam­ily has turned heads at the pageant. Jessie’s older sis­ter, Al­ley, was first run­ner-up dur­ing the in­au­gu­ral pageant eight years ago.

The fol­low­ing, mean­while, is a sum­mary of the how the other con­tes­tants faired:

• First run­ner-up — Brooke­lyn Hid­gon, New Har­bour;

• Sec­ond run­ner-up — Ni­cole Kennedy, Spa­niard’s Bay;

• Third run­ner-up — Re­becca Bishop, Bay Roberts;

• Miss Teen Pho­to­genic — Jes­sica Slade, Vic­to­ria;

• Miss Teen Fit­ness — Mal­lory Gille­spie, Car­bon­ear.

Other con­tes­tants in­cluded Am­ber Samms, Bay Roberts; April Squires, Spa­niard’s Bay; Heather Hig­don, Green’s Har­bour; and Kylie Jack­son, South Dildo.

The pageant was one of many events held dur­ing the 54th Trin­i­tyCon­cep­tion Agri­cul­ture, Home­crafts Fall Fair, which took place Sept 20-23 in Har­bour Grace.

ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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