A life-changing experience in leadership is in the future for 16 young women from across Newfoundland and Labrador.
These young women — from St. Anthony to St. John’s — will be participating in the 2nd Junior Miss Newfoundland and Labrador pageant being held in Carbonear on Sept. 15-17.
The contest is open to participants 10-12 years of age from anywhere across Newfoundland and Labrador.
At present there are three local pageants that qualify participants, including Miss Victoria, Miss Salmon Cove and the St. Anthony Winter Fest; and that could be expanded depending on which communities have preliminary competitions.
“For three days, we have a group of girls come in from all over the province to participate in a host of activities and seminars and will end with one of them getting crowned Miss Junior Newfoundland and Labrador,’’ pageant co-ordinator Sabrina Jenkins said.
“We get them together so they can engage on issues in their communities, expose them to volunteerism, get them exposure to public speaking, talk of social inclusion and learn to use their talents to make changes in each of their communities now and in the future,’’ she added.
Jenkins said all of these activities will help them be leaders in the province and beyond and will serve as a stepping stone.
A new venture this year includes a partnership with the Shriners Children’s Hospital N.L. and a fundraising project — each of the participants was asked to facilitate a fundraiser in support of the children who avail of the facility.
“We decided in order to give the girls a chance to broaden their horizons and open them up to the idea of helping other children, we asked them to use their imaginations and come up with an idea in their communities and bring it with them the first day of the pageant,’’ she said.
“It helps them to get involved in the community and shows them not only what they can do individually, but also teaches them what they can do as a whole, as a group, when those funds are combined,’’ she added.
The pageant was formed in 2017 on the heels of the Miss Trinity-Conception Pageant that had operated for 14 years prior to the Miss Junior N.L. event being formed.
Jenkins said there wasn’t a pageant available for girls in the 10-12 years category and she said her group felt it was an opportunity being missed in the province.
“This is an age when everything matters, friendships are formed and personalities are developed,’’ she said.
“All these things play a big role in their lives and this is a chance for them to learn things that will help them now and for the rest of their lives,” she added.
Contestants will compete in a talent night and public speaking competition on Friday night (Sept. 14), followed by the interview portion on Saturday, Sept. 15.
The public speaking portion will include each girl presenting a 60-second speech on a topic of her choosing.
The talent showcase is optional, but most contestants have chosen to participate.
Details on location and time will be available on the Facebook group @JuniorMissNL as they become available.
The pageant gala takes place on Sunday, Sept. 16 at the Princess Sheila NaGeira Theatre in Carbonear at 1 p.m. Tickets went on sale Aug. 1 and can be purchased through the theatre at 709-596-7529.
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Addison Crocker – Gander
Anna March-Mulroney – Old Perlican
Carley Bursey – Gull Island
Chloe Jackson – Conception Bay South
Emily Derocher – Winterton
Kassidy Farrell – Bristol’s Hope
Madeline Salter – St. John’s
Sarah Pitcher – Winterton
Alyssa Barry – Placentia
Brooklyn Andrews – Conception Bay South
Chloe George – Winterton
Chloe Legge – Heart’s Delight-Islington
Jordyn Hiscock - Paradise
Lilly Williams – Salmon Cove
Megan Parsons – St. Anthony
Rachel Graham – Salmon Cove