Trinity Bay teen queens
Local girls to compete at Miss Teen Newfoundland and Labrador
For Claire Pinsent and Sarah Knight, pageants are not beauty contests.
The two 15-year-old Crescent Collegiate students have each competed in several pageants.
As pageant veterans, they are no strangers to strutting their stuff on the stage in front of hundreds of people, but this will be the first time they compete in a provincial pageant.
Unlike local and regional pageants, the Miss Teen Newfoundland and Labrador pageant has an academic component, talent competition and a full weekend in St. John’s participating in group activities.
This year 18 contestants from the province will compete for the title. For Pinsent, the experience is going to be an exciting one.
“My hopes this weekend is to have a good time I have already meet some of the lovely ladies competing and I’m excited to meet them all and make new friends,” she said in an email to The Compass.
Pinsent hails from Broad Cove, a small community in Trinity Bay South.
Knight, who is an aspiring music teacher from Blaketown, is also looking forward to the friendships, but would love to one day hold a title.
“There’s a very exciting weekend in store that is making the countdown seem so much longer,” she said.
Pinsent and Knight will join their fellow contestants on Thursday, Oct. 22, in St. John’s and will re- main with them until the crowing gala on Sunday.
Different events contestants have participated in over the years include rock wall climbing, pottery painting and many other exciting activities. Each year has something different, but several consistent events as well.
A fitness test is held over the weekend, and an award winner for the top score is announced at the gala. There is also a friendship award voted on by the contestants, an academic award determined through a written exam and a photogenic award decided by professionals in the photography industry.
The talent competition applications are posted on the Miss Teen Facebook group. Votes determine the top three contestants that will perform at the final night’s show. Sarah was in the running for one of those spots. Finalists hadn’t been announced as of Friday, Oct. 16.
An award that gives supporters a chance to participate is the People’s Choice award. A link can be found through the Miss Teen Newfoundland and Labrador website www.missteennl.com.
And finally, the pageant winner will go on to travel across the province, attending events, festivals, garden parties, leadership conferences and educational forums. There have been two previous titleholders from the Trinity Conception area.
Each year the pageant gives contestants the opportunity to fundraise for charity. This year they will raise money for the Children’s Wish Foundation to give Nevaeh Denine the opportunity to go to Disney World.
Knight hosted a talent show this past weekend, where many local performers volunteered to participate. She also had a bake sale and silent auction, with other events in progress.
“The amount of support I’ve received is unreal and I’m very lucky to have many friends and family, sharing this journey with me,” she explained.
Pinsent’s passion is fundraising for causes. She is selling tickets on a basket that was put together by many businesses and individual sponsors from her community. She is also collecting sponsors for a walk up Signal Hill she hopes to complete.
The two girls have become close friends, having previously competed together in the Miss Teen Trinity Conception and Trinity Conception Junior Miss pageants. They also attend the same school.
“I’m so glad I get to experience this with one of my best friends, who actually got me into pageant in the first place,” Pinsent said. “Without her I don’t even know if I would be going to Miss Teen NL. (And) for giving me the confidence to sign up for my first pageant three years ago.”
Knight is also excited to participate with Pinsent. They don’t consider it competing against each other, rather they think their friendship will help them get closer throughout the weekend.