Teen achievers compete for crown
Trinity Conception well represented at scholarship pageant
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.
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 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.