St. Georges’ High School unveiled the contestants for its Miss St. Georges’ Pageant and Top Model Competition, during a press conference on Tuesday, March 7 at the school’s campus.
Lenore Woodside, pageant’s coordinator provided The Freeport News with information on the upcoming events.
“We been having this pageant since 2010, it was started by our former Guidance Counsellor, Karel Pinder,” she revealed.
She added that the school’s principal, Keith Barr, reintroduced the pageant in 2014. According to Woodside, the pageant is scheduled for March 25, 2017 at the St. Georges’ Gymnasium.
Woodside stated that there are various benefits to competing in pageants such as this one.
“I think that the benefits include helping the girls to identify with themselves, finding some of the things that they like, some ways in which they can grow. Through the pageant we hope to groom them into more poised young ladies,” she said.
She noted that the pageant would help the girls to develop a healthy self-esteem as well as their public speaking skills. This is done partly with various seminars throughout the pageant process.
“They have a seminar on self-esteem, spiritual growth and recognizing their purpose in life, we also have a seminar on etiquette, make-up and we also do a seminar on public speaking techniques,” she explained.
There are nine students competing this year under the theme, ‘Gems of The Bahamas,’ where each contestant represents a Bahamian Island. Making up the list of contests are – Kiaynna Altidor, Miss San Salvador; Adrian Diejuste, Miss Bimini; Aaliyah Curry, Miss Eleuthera; Kiemea Strachan, Miss Abaco; Mariah Sherman, Miss Cat Island; Monae Lindo, Miss Exuma; Kenya Rolle, Miss Andros; Gianna Major, Miss Long Island and Giavanna Hanchell, Miss Great Inagua.
Students must meet certain criteria in order to enter the pageant, said Woodside. “They must have a 2.5 or above grade point average (GPA) and at least three Bahamas Junior Certificate (BJC) exams and display exemplary character.”
Reigning pageant winner Asya Fischbacher spoke to this daily about her year as the school’s Queen.
“I enjoyed competing last year and I learnt a great deal. It helped me grow spiritually and find out who I am and what I wanted to do,” she said.
Woodside revealed that in addition to a sash and a crown, the pageant’s winner would receive a $500 cash prize, a laptop computer, additional gift certificates and a trophy.
Woodside noted that the Fashion Show and Top Model Competition would take place on March 18, 2017.
There are 10 contestants in that competition – Willinque Lord, Rikia Roberts, Emmanya Vincent, Shania Burrows, Candice Colebrooke, Volrica Moreau, Shandira Comete, Marvinique Brown, Shardonae Forbes, and Antonique Albury.
Shandira Comete told this daily that she was excited to compete and she is confident in her ability to win.
Joyanne Pennerman, Vice Principal of St. Georges’ High School noted that both competitions are excellent for boosting the girls’ confidence and self-esteem.
“It gives them an opportunity to be able to participate in extra-curricular activities besides their academics,” she said.
Tickets for the pageant are on sale at the school at minimal costs for general admission and VIP seating. If persons are unable to secure tickets prior to the show, they will be able to pay at the door.
Pennerman said that there are several female students who have won top competitions, including Tiasha Lewis, current Ms. Grand Bahama; Kiara Demeritt, Miss St. Georges’ Princess; Courtney Burke, Miss Talented Teen Grand Bahama and Ms. International and Angel Escarmart, Top model Fradlien Jean-Bethel, Miss Teen Grand Bahama, and Lezlia Jones, Miss Teen Grand Bahama Internet.
Published Thursday, March 9, 2017