Tal­ented teen

Young Mill­brook woman named Miss Nova Sco­tia Mi’kmaw Sum­mer Games

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A Mill­brook teenager’s many character traits and tal­ents led to her se­lec­tion as Miss Nova Sco­tia Mi’kmaw Sum­mer Games.

MILL­BROOK, N.S. – Frankie Syl­li­boy’s per­son­al­ity, tal­ent and drive to help oth­ers earned her a ti­tle and a crown.

The 17-year-old Mill­brook res­i­dent was named Miss Nova Sco­tia Mi’kmaw Sum­mer Games dur­ing a pageant in Way­cobah in Au­gust.

“It’s not about who’s the pret­ti­est; it’s about shar­ing, tal­ent and meet­ing new peo­ple,” she said. “I was go­ing to be at the event any­way, and friends and peo­ple in the com­mu­nity en­cour­aged me to take part. It’s fun and you make a lot of new friends. Win­ning was a nice sur­prise.”

Nine young women com­peted in the pageant. They were judged on poise, abil­ity to com­mu­ni­cate, sin­cer­ity, sense of hu­mour, morals, man­ners, tal­ent, com­mu­nity in­ter­ests, pub­lic speak­ing, prompt­ness and re­sponses to ques­tions.

“On the first day we were in­ter­viewed about our lives and took part in a tal­ent com­pe­ti­tion,” said Syl­li­boy. “I take voice lessons with Beth Terry and I’ve per­formed in mu­si­cals and in the Truro Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, so I sang.

“The next day we had to speak about our­selves and our goals, and we drew ran­dom ques­tions and had two min­utes to an­swer. The ques­tion I got was about what I thought the big­gest ob­sta­cle hold­ing back youth, is. I think it’s a lack of self-con­fi­dence.”

Syl­li­boy, who was the master of cer­e­monies at this year’s Rally Against Racism, is com­fort­able speak­ing in pub­lic.

She’ll rep­re­sent the sum­mer games at events dur­ing the up­com­ing year and will at­tend next year’s pageant, in Chapel Is­land, to hand over the sash and crown.

The Grade 12 stu­dent also wants to be­come more in­volved with lo­cal youth.

“There are a lot of peo­ple in the com­mu­nity who play vol­ley­ball, but I’d like to see more young peo­ple in­volved in dif­fer­ent sports,” she said. “I’d like to see more peo­ple play­ing sports like bas­ket­ball, which I re­ally en­joy.”

She plans to at­tend Dal­housie Univer­sity next fall, and even­tu­ally be­come an el­e­men­tary school teacher.

LYNN CURWIN/TRURO NEWS

Frankie Syl­li­boy was crowned Miss Nova Sco­tia Mi’kmaw Sum­mer Games dur­ing a pageant in Way­cobah. She will hold the ti­tle for a year.

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