Blake­town beauty hon­oured

Fit­ness award, Top 5 fin­ish for Knight at Miss Teen NL

The Compass - - EDITORIAL - BY MELISSA JENK­INS Melissa.jenk­ins@tc.tc

As she glided across the stage at the St. John’s Arts and Cul­ture Cen­tre, 15-year-old Sarah Knight caught the at­ten­tion of the judges for the Miss Teen New­found­land and Labrador (MTNL) pageant.

In her royal blue dress with shim­mery sparkles, the petite blonde showed grace and el­e­gance while com­pet­ing in the evening gown com­pe­ti­tion, the Top 10 speech and fi­nally, the fi­nal ques­tion.

The Blake­town na­tive and Cres­cent Col­le­giate stu­dent was named fourth-run­ner up at the gala and was also the re­cip­i­ent of the Miss Teen Fit­ness award.

It was a week­end she will never for­get.

“I gained so much knowl­edge, con­fi­dence and dif­fer­ent skills that will help me grow as a per­son, and that I can ap­ply to var­i­ous things through­out my life,” she told The Com­pass last week.

The event

Each year the MTNL pageant takes place for a week­end in St. John’s. This year marked the 20th an­niver­sary of the event, and saw former ti­tle­hold­ers from 2006 on­wards at­tend the fes­tiv­i­ties.

Sarah wasn’t even born when the first pageant took place. But it’s been some­thing she’s fol­lowed since she was old enough to know about it.

“Since I was lit­tle I’ve had a dream to be on the stage and take part in Miss Teen,” she ex­plained. “To make it that far on my first try, it’s some­thing I’m very proud of.”

Out of the 18 con­tes­tants com­pet­ing Sun­day, Oct. 25, Sarah graced the stage as con­tes­tant num­ber 15. The win­ner, Chanel Zhouri, was con­tes­tant num­ber 16.

The on-stage por­tion of the com­pe­ti­tion in­cluded an open­ing num­ber, which Sarah re­ally en­joyed, a ca­sual wear com­po­nent and evening gown.

Only the Top 10 pre­sented speeches and the Top 5 did an im­promptu ques­tion.

“I loved the whole at­mos­phere of the show,” Sarah ex­plained. “It was such an ex­cit­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and we all fed off the en­ergy from the au­di­ence and the con­tes­tants around us.

“I loved in the ca­sual wear por­tion, how we came down (the stage) from the wings. It made the show that much more in­ter­ested, and the up­beat mu­sic was so fun to dance to.”

She was blown away when her name was an­nounced for the Top 10. All con­tes­tants had to pre­pare a speech on a topic of their choos­ing. Sarah spoke on her sis­ter Ch­eryl and the in­flu­ence she has had on her life.

“The over­all mes­sage was to ap­pre­ci­ate those around you, and all the things they do for you.”

Her speech earned her a spot in the Top 5.

The im­promptu ques­tion por­tion is where the con­tes­tant gets asked a ran­dom ques­tion and is judged on her re­sponse. Sarah’s ques­tion was, “What are the qual­i­ties that make a bal­anced life?”

She shared with the au­di­ence how she man­ages to jug­gle many ac­tiv­i­ties in her life, in­clud­ing school work, mu­sic and vol­un­teer ac­tiv­i­ties.

Fit­ness win­ner

She was sur­prised to claim the fit­ness ti­tle. The fit­ness com­pe­ti­tion tests dif­fer­ent lev­els of phys­i­cal ca­pa­bil­i­ties, in­clud­ing flex­i­bil­ity, strength and bal­ance.

“Since the be­gin­ning of Septem­ber, I have not missed an early morn­ing rise for a work­out,” said Sarah. “My goal was to hold a plank or wall sit for three min­utes. When I did my fit­ness test, I think the adren­a­line set in and made my­self push that much fur­ther to suc­cess … All of the girls were very ta­lented, and did a fan­tas­tic job in all com­po­nents of the grad­ing sys­tem. I’m cer­tainly very proud of my­self, and that all the hard work has paid off.”

Sarah is a self-pro­claimed pageant lover. She en­joys the ac­tiv­i­ties, events and ex­cite­ment that go along with par­tic­i­pat­ing.

Al­though this was her first pro­vin­cial pageant, she is no stranger to the com­pe­ti­tion. This past Septem­ber, Sarah was named sec­ond run­ner-up at the Miss Teen Trin­ity Con­cep­tion pageant. She also earned the Third run­ner-up award in 2014.

For the blonde beauty, this will not be her last pageant. She is al­ready ex­cited for what is to come.

“I gained so much knowl­edge, con­fi­dence and dif­fer­ent skills that will help me grow as a per­son, and that I can ap­ply to var­i­ous things through­out my life,” she said.

“I can’t wait to go back next year and do it all over again.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Blake­town’s Sarah Knight com­petes in the evening gown com­pe­ti­tion at the Miss Teen New­found­land and Labrador pageant Sun­day, Oct. 25 at the St. John’s Arts and Cul­ture Cen­tre.

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