Trin­ity Bay teen queens

Lo­cal girls to com­pete at Miss Teen New­found­land and Labrador

The Compass - - EDITORIAL - BY MELISSA JENK­INS

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.

Awards

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.

Char­ity fundrais­ing

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.

Ex­pe­ri­ence

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.

Sarah Knight

Claire Pin­sent

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