Mandatory Miss Teen meet and greet session

Anyone interested in competing in
this year’s Miss Teen Cayman Islands pageant is invited to attend a mandatory
orientation session, Monday, 24 May, at the Ramada Grand Caymanian Resort.

According to Rosandi Weatherford, a
member of the Miss Teen Cayman Islands 2010 Committee, a record number of
applicants have been received.

“Last year we had 12 applicants,
but this year our response is double that,” she said. “Our average number is usually
seven.”

And the number of contestants still
has room to grow. Although the official application deadline is 21 May, contestants
can turn in their applications at the orientation event. Contestants may also
hand in their applications at the Lions Centre between 5.30pm and 6.30pm,
Thursday 20 May.

The meet and greet, from 5.30pm to
6.30pm,  has been scheduled by the committee
to allow applicants and their families to learn more about what potential
contestants need to prepare for the event.

“Usually we just have a meeting,”
Mrs. Weatherford said, “but this year we wanted to make it a little more
social.”

Following the meet and greet, a
series of workshops will be held from 6.30pm. to 8pm. The workshops will provide
applicants with tips on etiquette, public speaking, personal hygiene,
nutrition, relationships, and make-up application.

  Mrs.  Weatherford
said that previous years found the year’s contestants had found the etiquette
and public speaking workshops particularly helpful during the competition.

The orientation will also cover the
role of the Leo Club, the rules and regulations of the competition, the
calendar of events, the community service requirement, and a question and
answer session..

Popular questions in the past have
covered a wide range of topics, including guidelines for securing sponsorship,
how to budget sponsorship money appropriately, which outfits will be required
during the pageant, and what events the pageant itself will consist of.

 Reigning Miss Teen, Jamesette
Anglin, encouraged her peers to apply and take advantage of the orientation
event.

“It’s a great and fun experience,”
she said. “Win or not, you will come out of this competition learning something
that would be of importance to you in the future.”

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