Miss Teen Trin­i­tyCon­cep­tion, Ju­nior Miss NL crowned

The Compass - - News - BY CHRIS LEWIS chris.lewis@cb­n­com­pass.ca

This past Sun­day saw two new faces crowned at the Miss Teen Trin­ity-Con­cep­tion and Ju­nior Miss New­found­land and Labrador pageants.

The events, held at the Sheila NaGeira Theatre in Car­bon­ear, saw Sarah Legge of Cavendish awarded with the Miss Teen Trin­ity-Con­cep­tion crown, and Melissa Ge­orge of Win­ter­ton with Ju­nior Miss New­found­land and Labrador.

It’s some­thing I’ve been work­ing to­wards for years, and it’s still a lit­tle un­imag­in­able, know­ing I’ve made it.

— Sarah Legge

The Com­pass caught up with both girls af­ter the pageant to speak about their suc­cess, and what their fu­ture en­tails as ti­tle­hold­ers.

Legge has been par­tic­i­pat­ing in pageants for the past four years, while Ge­orge has three years un­der her belt. Both winners told The Com­pass how re­ward­ing it felt to fi­nally see their hard work over the years pay off.

“It’s some­thing I’ve al­ways dreamed of,” Legge ex­plained. “Over the years, you meet so many great girls, and you end up look­ing up to them. It feels re­ally amaz­ing to be in that po­si­tion now.”

“I’m the same way,” Ge­orge added. “It’s a re­ally good feel­ing to hear your name called, es­pe­cially af­ter be­ing in­volved for so long.”

Now, as pageant winners, both Legge and Ge­orge look for­ward to ex­pe­ri­enc­ing life as Miss Teen Trin­ity-Con­cep­tion and Ju­nior Miss NL re­spec­tively.

“When I was younger, these girls were role mod­els to me. They were what I wanted to be when I grew up, and now, here

I am,” said Legge. “Now I’m in a po­si­tion where young girls will look up to me. I’m ex­cited to be in that po­si­tion, and hope­fully I’m able to be a good role model.”

Lead­ing up to the big night, the girls took part in var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing pho­to­shoots, in­ter­views, videos, as well as party with a 1980s theme.

“Be­fore the pageant, we all stayed in the Bay Roberts Ho­tel to­gether, so it re­ally helped us all get to know each other,” said Ge­orge. “The in­ter­views and pho­to­shoots were re­ally fun, and I think it re­ally helped me pre­pare for my role as Ju­nior Miss.”

Along­side the crown­ing of Miss Teen and Ju­nior Miss, sev­eral other awards were given out on the night of the pageant. This in­cluded Ju­nior Miss Friend­ship (Alleigha Ma­honey), Ju­nior Miss Pho­to­genic (Emily Durocher), Ju­nior Miss Ta­lent (Melissa Ge­orge), First Im­pres­sion award (Em­ber­ley Small­wood), Public Speak­ing award (Kas­sidy Far­rell), Melissa Ge­orge of Win­ter­ton was named Ju­nior Miss New­found­land and Labrador.

Red Car­pet Award (Melissa Ge­orge), the Dawn Butt Me­mo­rial Award (Sarah Pitcher), Miss Teen Friend­ship (Des­tiny Reid), Miss Teen Pho­to­genic (Kyleigh Gear), Peo­ple’s Choice (Sarah Legge), and a Public Speak­ing award.

This was also the first year for the STAND for Han­nah award, in honour of Han­nah Thorne, who was killed in a fa­tal ac­ci­dent along the New Har­bour Bar­rens in 2016. The award came with a sash, as well as a ring and pair of sun­glasses sim­i­lar to those worn by Thorne. Along­side this, the win­ner re­ceived free en­rol­ment for a driv­ing pro­gram through Strong Driv­ers. The award was given to Emma Mercer of Car­bon­ear.

“It just re­ally means a lot to me, to be able to say I’m Miss Teen Trin­ity-Con­cep­tion. It’s some­thing I’ve been work­ing to­wards for years, and it’s still a lit­tle un­imag­in­able, know­ing I’ve made it,” said Legge.


Sarah Legge of Cavendish was awarded the Miss Teen Trin­ity-Con­cep­tion crown.


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