Miss Teen Dominica 2016 contestants officially launched

The contestants were launched on Wednesday
The contestants were launched on Wednesday

The public got a first glimpse of the seven contestants vying for the title of Miss Teen Dominica 2016 during the official launching ceremony held at the Arawak House of Culture on Wednesday.

The contestants (see ab0ve from left to right) are Tiffany Eloi of the Portsmouth Secondary School sponsored by Ross University School of Medicine; Tatyana Dangleben representing Convent High School, sponsored by Bull’s Eye Pharmacy; Emelda Boston of the Dominica Grammar School sponsored by Petro Caribe; Marcella Green representing the Goodwill Secondary School sponsored by Cadrec; Lisa Samuel or the St Martin’s Secondary School sponsored by New India Assurance Co. Ltd; Nadege Barber representing the Isaiah Thomas Secondary School sponsored by Dominica Lotteries Commission and Natorah Francis of the Pierre Charles Secondary School sponsored by P.H Williams & Co Ltd.

They will compete in five segments including, Speech, Spectacular Creation, Talent, Evening Wear and Question and Answer during the show to be held on Sunday, January 31 at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium Forecourt from 5:00 pm.

The show is being organized by the Waitikubuli Dance Theatre and its artistic director, Raymond Lawrence, who was addressing the launching ceremony, said the pageant is about youth talent and youth dreams.

“It’s a showcase of talent and skills of our young people and it’s a wonderful opportunity for the youth of Dominica to shine,” he said. “It helps the young girls develop their speaking, modelling and performing skills and it also helps them to develop their sense of self-confidence and self-esteem.”

According to him, the pageant provides a stepping stone for young girls to go on to bigger pageants if they are so desire, “like the Miss Dominica pageant.”

Furthermore, he stated, the show should not be seen so much as a competition, “but as a celebration of the talent of our youth.”

“We should applaud and encourage them because they are all winners for taking part in the show,” Lawrence stated.

He encouraged the contestants to focus more on what they have gained from taking part in the competition in terms of experience, rather than on whether their school wins or doesn’t win.

“We should use the teen pageant as an opportunity to develop a greater spirit of sportsmanship and those who placed or don’t place should congratulate each other,” he advised.

The 45th anniversary celebrations of the Waitikubuli Dance Theatre was also launched on Wednesday.

“In fact the activities started this past Sunday at the St Alphonsus Catholic Church where we held a thanksgiving church service and this afternoon’s launch is another one of the activities,” Lawrence noted.

He said the group is also preparing for its annual dance production to be held at the Arawak House of Culture on April 2.

“The Waitikubuli Dance Theatre has organized competitions for children in costumes as part of Carnival, including the teen pageant which this year is the 39th edition,” he remarked.

Even in the challenging financial times that Dominica is faced with following the passage of Tropical Storm Erika, Lawrence said, a number of sponsors have already came on board to sponsor the event.

He thanked the sponsors and the public for their continued support over the years.

Tickets cost $15 for children and $20 for adults.

The reigning Miss Teen Dominica is Lecresha Wallace.

The pageant will be held under the theme: “Celebrating the Dream”

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17 Comments

  1. Well well well
    January 15, 2016

    Dear Onlooker……….you seem to have a problem with peoples opinion. No matter who is on a committee proper planning is the key. Sponsors should be sought long in advance regardless of the $$$$$$.
    And besides some sponsors have complained of the treatment they receive…….

  2. who vex vex
    January 15, 2016

    Do your ting TATTY D im keeping my fingers cross for you, not that you need it seeing that you are a beautiful and inteligent young girl….NEW YORK.. :wink:

  3. Fummy
    January 15, 2016

    See what I am saying, Teen Dominica can get sponsors they are ALL sponsored,… but the Carnival Queen contestants CANNOT get anyone to sponsor them, Why is that…

  4. Onlooker
    January 15, 2016

    There are some people who believe that if they are not involved in something, it wouldn’t reach anywhere. They always think they know how to solve a problem. Those people who just want to blame the queen show committee for lack of sponsorship I wonder if they were on that committee how they would gain sponsorship for those girls. All you getting on like the committee members are getting paid. I so want to see all you control that show to see how long all you will last without getting a dime. Those people that commenting there all you are gold diggers, all you think it have a bortar there. Join the committee for all you to run.

  5. love I
    January 14, 2016

    Congrats Waitikubuli Dance Theatre Co,,,,great job,,,and trust from the sponsors,,it is proper organisation and talking and preparing early…wish I could be there,,,but I know it will be a wonderful Miss Teen 2016

  6. irep767
    January 14, 2016

    woosh lets go tiffo!!!! make us proud. u got the beauty, talent and style

  7. Onlooker
    January 14, 2016

    It seems Well Well Well do not know how much it seems to sponsor a Carnival Queen Contestant and how much to sponsor a teenage pageant contestant. It appears as if you have something against that committee papa. But for your information the various sponsors the teen pageant received have been sponsors for a number of years.

    It’s over $10,000 to sponsor a queen contestant and a little $2,500 for a teenage pageant. Which would you choose to sponsor.

  8. Channel 1
    January 14, 2016

    Shouldn’t these girls be spending their time focusing on schoolwork and passing their CXC instead of this utter nonsense? phew!!!

    • KING DICE AGAIN IN 2016
      January 14, 2016

      You again?? Take a look back at previous Teen Queens who excelled at CXC over the years. Take a good long look!

  9. Well well well
    January 14, 2016

    Mr. Lawrence. Congratulations for keeping the show organized for so many years! Full sponsorship for all the young ladies is commendable. Queen/Family show committee seek his advice please

  10. Visionary
    January 14, 2016

    Tiffany Eloi, Miss teen 2016, no doubt about that. Personality, beauty, Intelligence and finesse to the max.

  11. marie-claire
    January 14, 2016

    Great job Mr. Lawrence. Securing sponsorship for all the young ladies is commendable. You need to teach the queenshow committee a thing of two as it relates to organization

    • nonamegal
      January 14, 2016

      Amen.

    • Bella
      January 14, 2016

      Okay Marie-claire using another name. All of all you so will never do national service, first thing that come to you all mind is big money for work done, maybe you should bring you expertise which you seem to have to the Queen Show Committee and stop critizing those people. Maybe you do know Queen Show Committee as far as I know does not deal with sponsorship it the DDA.

      I find you all always hiting on these Dominican people who every year has Dominica in the top 3 positions.

      So Marie Claire stop throwing stones bllindly.

      • marie-claire
        January 14, 2016

        Miss Bella aka current queenshow committee member my apologies puss if i hit a sour note with you. Again please show me receipts as it relates to the queen show committee etc that are open to welcoming new ideas/bodies. As i’m speaking from experience trying to offer advice etc but never got a response, but when i sent an inquiry as to where etc monies should be sent for contribution towards the show i got an instant response. So please go back up at another tree girl i got receipts to back up my statement. Fact Check that Bella.

    • Fummy
      January 15, 2016

      Marie Claire I agree, the people who are helping the queen Contestants need to learn from Him, Mr Lawrence is a great model.

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