Eight students from secondary schools across the island have been introduced to Dominica as the contestants of the 2014 Miss Teen Dominica.
Speaking at the launching of the contestants at the Fort Young Hotel on Thursday evening, Chief Cultural Officer Raymond Lawrence said the Miss Teen Dominica Pageant is a wonderful opportunity for young people of Dominica to display and showcase their talents.
“It helps the young girls develop their speaking, modeling and performing skills and it also helps them to develop their sense of self confidence and self esteem. Events like the teenage pageant support the visual and performing arts program in the schools.”
He added that the pageant also provides a stepping stone for young girls interested in performing in bigger pageants such as the National Carnival Queen show.
The eight conestants are: Katisha Wade of the Castle Bruce Secondary School, Kadine Etienne of the St Martin Secondary School, Daina Peltier of the Convent High School, Brianni Lawrence of the Isiah Thomas Secondary School, Shari Peter of the St John’s Academy, Natasha Laurent of the Dominica Grammar School, Omisha Francis of the Pierre Charles Secondary School and Deidra Cuffy of the Goodwill Secondary School.
In the meantime, 2013 Miss Teen Dominica Kaymaya Bertrand advised the contestants to use the pageant as an opportunity to learn and grow. “I must advise you to put God first in this competition, learn and grow from each challenge that you will encounter this year. Do not allow anybody to make you doubt your inner strength. Life is about knowing who you are and believing you can emerge victorious even before you face these obstacles.”
Natalie Clarke, director of the Dominica Festivals Commission, said that the pageant was not just about “prettiness” but that it was about skills and self-respect.
The show which is hosted by the Waitukubuli Dance Theatre is slated for February 23rd, 2014.