Teen achievers com­pete for crown

Trin­ity Con­cep­tion well rep­re­sented at schol­ar­ship pageant

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY MELISSA JENK­INS melissa.jenk­ins@tc.tc

Three teenagers from the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion area will show­case their in­tel­li­gence and con­fi­dence at the Miss Achieve­ment New­found­land and Labrador (MANL) pageant later this month.

Har­bour Grace’s Bri­anna Meadus, Bay Robert’s Re­becca Bishop and South Dildo’s Kylie Jack­son have been cho­sen as con­tes­tants for this year’s com­pe­ti­tion along­side 17 other young women from the prov­ince.

This year marks the 10th an­niver­sary of the prov­ince’s first schol­ar­ship pageant. Hun­dreds of girls from around the prov­ince have com­peted for thou­sands of dol­lars in schol­ar­ships since 2006. Only one lo­cal has held the ti­tle, Kora Liegh Rus­sell of Bay Roberts in 2010.

The MANL pageant is not a typ­i­cal pageant. Most other on stage com­pe­ti­tions in­volve an evening gown and ca­sual wear com­po­nent, which the con­tes­tant is graded on. This event had 95 per cent of its scor­ing com­pleted be­fore the con­tes­tants step on the stage. It fo­cuses more on aca­demics and con­fi­dence than looks and stage pres­ence.

Con­tes­tant goals

Bri­anna and Kylie have never com­peted in a pro­vin­cial pageant be­fore. Re­becca com­peted in the MANL pageant last year.

All three girls have com­peted in the Miss Teen Trin­ity Con­cep­tion pageant, either plac­ing first run­ner-up or win­ning the ti­tle. Each has vol­un­teered with dif­fer­ent or­ga­ni­za­tions, from Cana­dian Blood Ser­vices to lo­cal sports teams.

Bri­anna is the youngest of the three lo­cal con­tes­tants. A 15-year-old Level I stu­dent at Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate, she hopes to one day be a phys­io­ther­a­pist.

Al­though she knows what to ex­pect from par­tic­i­pat­ing in a pageant, she is ex­cited for the op­por­tu­nity to rep­re­sent her home­town.

“I choose to com­pete at Miss Achieve­ment be­cause pageants are some­thing I love to do and have been since I started (do­ing them),” Bri­anna told The Com­pass last week. “When I heard about this event I thought it would be a some­thing new to try and thought it would be a fun ex­pe­ri­ence.” Kylie mir­rored her en­thu­si­asm. “I chose to com­pete at the Miss Achieve­ment Pageant be­cause this is an op­por­tu­nity for me to make life­long friend­ships, gain con­fi­dence, and gain bet­ter pub­lic speak­ing skills,” the 18-yearold ex­plained. “I can’t wait for the pag- eant week­end to start.”

Kylie is a stu­dent at Col­lege of the North At­lantic in Car­bon­ear and hopes to one day be­come a nurse.

For Re­becca, com­pet­ing for the sec­ond time, it’s an­other op­por­tu­nity to grow.

“I love meet­ing new peo­ple and I had a great time when I par­tic­i­pated last year,” the Me­mo­rial Univer­sity stu­dent said.


Al­though the three girls are com­pet­ing for a crown, their am­bi­tions for the pageant do not re­flect that out­come.

“I can’t wait to meet the other con­tes­tants, and be in the pageant at­mos­phere once again,” said Kyle, Miss Teen Trin­ity Con­cep­tion 2014-15.

For Re­becca, she’s ex­cited to see some of her old friends from last year, but also gain some new friend­ships as well.

Bri­anna may be one of the younger con­tes­tants, but that doesn’t in­tim­i­date her. She has gone toe-to-toe with older con­tes­tants at the MTTC pageant be­fore, and they are now good friends.

“My goals for the week­end are to make new friends, gain ex­pe­ri­ence and have fun,” she ex­plained.

The pageant

The pageant is bro­ken into dif­fer­ent seg­ments, each one to show­case a dif­fer­ent skill or tal­ent.

One of the most im­por­tant com­pe­ti­tions within the pageant is the pub­lic speak­ing con­test. A sep­a­rate night for all com­peti­tors to show­case their speeches is held, with the fi­nal­ists get­ting to per­form their speeches on stage dur­ing the event.

An in­ter­view worth 50 per cent of the over­all score takes place prior to the on stage event as well. A panel of judges will de­ter­mine the out­come of the pageant.

Other ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude an aca­demic es­say por­tion, a healthy liv­ing fit­ness test and an on­stage in­tro­duc­tion. Only the Top 10 will com­plete an on-stage im­promptu ques­tion.

Awards will also be given out for health liv­ing, com­mu­nity pride, spirit of giv­ing char­ity award, aca­demics, a pub­lic speak­ing award, spirit of youth, tal­ent and oth­ers. Schol­ar­ships are awarded to all win­ners.

Mcken­zie Hutch­ings, the reign­ing MANL and first win­ner from Labrador, will crown her suc­ces­sor 7 p.m. Sun­day, Nov. 15 at the Holy Heart Theatre in St. John’s.

For more or to vote for your favourite con­tes­tant for the com­mu­nity pride award, visit www.mis­sachieve­ment.com.

Re­becca Bishop at the 2014-15 Miss Teen Trin­ity Con­cep­tion pageant.


Bri­anna Meadus, seen here com­pet­ing in the Miss Teen Trin­ity Con­cep­tion 2014-15 pageant.

Kylie Jack­son was the 2014-15 Miss Teen Trin­ity Con­cep­tion.

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