Five contestants are expected to vie for the Miss Teen Dominica crown on Sunday at the Pottersville Savannah.
The contestants are Rochelle James of the St. Martin’s Secondary School, Ladisha Murrain of the Dominica Grammar School, Melissa Morgan of the Castle Bruce Secondary School, Jacqueline Breezi of the Isaiah Thomas Secondary School and Colette Ambo of the Convent High School.
The National Teenage Pageant is organized by the Waitukubuli Dance Theatre Company. Artistic Director of the group Raymond Lawrence said the number of contestants is not a reflection of a lack of interest in the show from teenage girls.
“We’ve had five before … we would have had eight schools as a matter of fact, but sometimes you have little problems,” he said in response to a question by a Dominica News Online (DNO) reporter on whether participation in the show was declining.
He explained that the teachers at the Portsmouth Secondary School who usually assist the school’s contestants were transferred, and a new principal had been introduced.
Meanwhile, a candidate from the Pierre Charles Secondary School had been launched, but later withdrew from participating in the show.
“The Goodwill [Secondary] School had a problem with some of the parents with the religion aspect … Grand Bay [Pierre Charles Secondary School] was there, but there was a little problem. The girls were interested, it’s just some little problems. So that it not a reflection of a lack of interest in the show,” Lawrence noted.
Nevertheless, Lawrence guarantees a very exciting and entertaining show.
“Expect some high quality performances from the girls and also from some of our top calypsonians like Tasha P, the junior calypso monarch [Sheldon “De Professor” Alfred], Lady Star and Delah [and] the Waitukubuli Dancers,” he
The national queen contestants will also make an appearance, Lawrence revealed.
Swinging Stars is the backup band for the event.
The show is expected to begin at 5:30 p.m.