Mini Miss Emma Lynch cap­tures crown

Lo­cal girls com­pete, win ti­tles at Mount Pearl pageant

The Compass - - NEWS - BY MELISSA JENK­INS Melissa.jenk­

It’s not all about tiaras and twirling on stage for four-year-old Emma Lynch, although she did a lit­tle of both on Sun­day, Jan. 10.

The Shearstown res­i­dent took part in her first pro­vin­cial pageant com­pe­ti­tion in Mount Pearl — the Canadian Na­tional Girl pre­lim­i­nary gala for New­found­land. She won the Mini Miss New­found­land cat­e­gory.

Although she walked away with a crown and a ti­tle, it was the ex­pe­ri­ence that has had the big­gest im­pact, mom Sheila McGrath told The Compass in a phone in­ter­view last month.

The out­go­ing Co­ley’s Point Pri­mary Kin­der­start stu­dent was poised, con­fi­dent and showed off her per­son­al­ity in the com­pe­ti­tion.

Be­ing her­self

One por­tions of the com­pe­ti­tion in­volved “pink wear.” That cat­e­gory is from com­pe­ti­tion di­vi­sions birth to age 13. Emma wore a pink dress and shoes, and pa­raded the stage with a pink um­brella.

“Emma just had fun with it,” Shei l a said . “She twirl ed her um­brella and she re­ally worked the stage.”

For her in­tro­duc­tion, her mom ex­pected her to say her name, age and home­town. But in­stead, she got a few laughs for her cre­ativ­ity.

“She went up there and she said, ‘I got a loose tooth, see. And I like to make funny faces,’” Sheila said, adding Emma showed the au­di­ence fa­cial ex­pres­sions to match.

“(The judges) told me she had ex­cel­lent eye con­tact and thought she was older than what she was.”

The pageant ad­ver­tises that it is not a “glitz” pageant, and Sheila said that was one rea­son she was com­fort­able hav­ing Emma par­tic­i­pate.

“This is noth­ing like Tod­dlers and Tiaras,” she ex­plained.

Tod­dlers and Tiaras is a tele­vi­sion show where chil­dren typ­i­cally com­pete in elab­o­rate hair and make up, use false teeth called “flip­pers” and wear ex­pen­sive cos­tumes.

Other ac­tiv­i­ties

This was Emma’s sec­ond pageant. The first was this past Septem­ber at the Trinity Con­cep­tion Fall Fair in Har­bour Grace.

Although she didn’t win, she was ex­cited for the girl that did.

“She cheers for oth­ers if they win,” Sheila said. “When Suri (Sul­li­van) won in Har­bour Grace, Emma jumped up and down.”

Be­sides pageants, there are a lot of ac­tiv­i­ties Emma likes to be in­volved in.

For the past two years, she has been in Tae Kwon Do. In her first com­pe­ti­tion, she re­ceived gold spar­ring in the boys’ di­vi­sion and sil­ver in form.

One of the other things she en­joys do­ing is play with the brass band in Up­per Is­land Cove.

“She brings her lit­tle drum and j umps in w i t h t hem,” She i l a ex­plained. “She’s a very well rounded child.”

Lo­cal ti­tle­hold­ers

Emma wasn’t the only ti­tle­holder crowned that day. There were 20 contestants for eight di­vi­sions.

Broad Cove res­i­dent Claire Pin­sent took home the ti­tle of Ju­nior Teen Miss New­found­land, while Re­becca Bishop of Bay Roberts was named Teen Miss New­found­land.

Claire is a 14-year-old French im­mer­sion stu­dent at Cres­cent Col­le­giate.

For the past two years, Claire has com­peted in the Ju­nior Miss Trinity Con­cep­tion and Miss Teen Trinity Con­cep­tion pageants at the Har­bour Grace Fall Fair.

Claire likes to be in­volved in her com­mu­nity and with many school ac­tiv­i­ties.

“I’m in­volved in ac­tiv­i­ties such as Al­lied Youth, vol­ley­ball, dance, choir and free the chil­dren,” she said.

Re­becca is a Level III stu­dent at As­cen­sion Col­le­giate, and is the as­sis­tant coach of the Bay Roberts Sea Li­ons Swim Team.

Like Claire, she ‘s in­volved in dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties in both school and her com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing the girls’ vol­ley­ball team.

The cause she has been ac­tively in­volv­ing her­self with re­cently is blood do­na­tion.

Re­becca hopes to at­tend the Janeway Telethon as an event this year, and also do a vol­un­teer supper at Ron­ald McDon­ald House in St. John’s.

Na­tional com­pe­ti­tion

The pageant was a pre­lim­i­nary com­pe­ti­tion to choose del­e­gates for the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion. From July 10-13 in Van­cou­ver, girls from all over the coun­try who have ei­ther won a pre­lim­i­nary com­pe­ti­tion or ap­plied to the na­tional pageant for an ap­pointed ti­tle will com­pete for the Na­tional Canadian Girl ti­tles.

Emma en­joyed be­ing on stage, and Sheila said she can go to the na­tional event if ev­ery­thing falls into place fi­nan­cially.

The pageant has a cost of $295 for reg­is­tra­tion and a schol­ar­ship fee of $75.

Par­tic­i­pants must pay for their own flight to Van­cou­ver, ho­tel ac­com­mo­da­tion, meals and other trans­porta­tion.

Sheila is think­ing about pos­si­ble fundrais­ing or spon­sor­ships to help her get to the pageant. Emma will com­pete in for­mal wear, ca­sual wear, do a per­sonal in­tro­duc­tion and pink fun fash­ion wear at na­tion­als.

Claire and Re­becca told The Compass they will not be at­tend­ing the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

Claire Pin­sent (left) and Re­becca Bishop came home with the Canadian Na­tional Girl’s Ju­nior Teen and Teen Miss New­found­land ti­tles, re­spec­tively.

Sub­mit­ted pho­tos

Emma Lynch was crowned Canadian Na­tional Girl’s Mini Miss New­found­land at a com­pe­ti­tion Jan. 10.

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