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Pageant prosperity for Elizabeth Hicks of Carbonear


A tall, confident and intelligent young woman from Carbonear continues to get provincial recognition on the pageant scene.

Elizabeth Hicks of Carbonear earned the first runner-up position at the Miss Achievement scholarship competition in St. John's on Nov. 10.

Elizabeth Hicks was named first runner-up at the Miss Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador scholarship competition on Sunday, Nov. 10 at a gala event in St. John’s.

She also took home the Environmental Awareness Award. Elizabeth was the only participant from the Trinity-Conception-Placentia region.

Elizabeth is no stranger to the pageant scene. She placed second runner-up at the Miss Teen Newfoundland and Labrador pageant this past March and is a former Miss Teen Trinity Conception. She also placed Top 10 in last year’s Miss Achievement competition.

 

About the experience

It is no surprise to those that know her that she is excelling in pageants.

Elizabeth was the 2013 Carbonear Collegiate valedictorian and is an award-winning runner. She is also a very strong public speaker, as shown in her Top 3 finish in the public speaking component of the Miss Achievement event.

She has also earned dozens of awards for academics, sports, musical performances, French immersion and drama.

Although the pageant recognizes those that excel in areas such as academic excellence, healthy lifestyles and talent, Elizabeth believes the weekend means much more than that.

“After doing five pageants, I can honestly say there is no better way to make friends, gain valuable skills in a short amount of time and to show off everything that makes you, you,” Elizabeth told The Compass. “I have never been a shy person, but I’ve watched a pageant weekend bring so many people out of their shells.”

Elizabeth also explained how a pageant, such as this one, dispels the negative stereotypes around “beauty pageants.”

“There is some negative energy surrounding the pageant world because of television shows that exploit young girls,” she said. “Not only can you win scholarships, but you are guaranteed to go home feeling accomplished.”

The Miss Achievement is the biggest scholarship pageant in the province.

 

Green award

Elizabeth was honoured with the Environmental Awareness award at the gala as well. The award recognizes a young woman who displays a concern for the environment.

Elizabeth has been an active supporter of green initiatives, and earned the award for her dedication to the protection, conservation and improvement to the environment.

 

Locals earn big

Elizabeth is not the only young woman from the Town of Carbonear to earn the first runner-up award.

In September, Gina Colbourne earned the award at the Miss Newfoundland and Labrador pageant and Mallorie Gillespie was the runner-up at the Miss Teen Trinity Conception pageant. Carbonear native Natalie Hiscock — currently residing in Mount Pearl — was the runner-up in Miss Achievement 2012.

Many young women from the region have made names for themselves on the pageant scene, but Hicks is the first from this area to make the Top 3 at all four pageants she has competed in — Miss Achievement, Miss Teen Newfoundland and Labrador, Miss Teen Trinity Conception and Miss Carbonear.

Elizabeth is the daughter of Barry and Cathie Hicks, who reside in Carbonear.

Melissa.jenkins@tc.tc

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