Nine beauties vie for crown

Monique Connolly, Celina Russell,
Samantha Nicoletta, Shanique Yen, Nadicia Dixon, Ashleigh Nalty, Nickisha
Stephenson, Gabriela Jackson and Leanne Ritch all possess beauty, brains and
charm, but only one will be crowned Miss Teen Cayman 2010 at the Miss Teen
pageant on Saturday, 28 August.

This year’s contestants, who have
undergone weeks of training in deportment, etiquette, personal grooming,
nutrition and physical exercise will, on the night, have only a few hours under
the bright lights of the Lions Community Centre to impress the judges and the
large crowd that always attends the event. 

 

The pageant countdown

For the participants of the 32nd
annual Miss Teen Cayman, ranging in age from 14 to 17, the popular pageant
represents the culmination of a transformative journey during which they have
learned new skills and grown in poise and confidence, as well as made new
friends.

“Any one of the girls would make an
excellent Miss Teen, but it will ultimately be up to the judges to decide which
contestant is most impressive on the night,” said a Miss Teen Committee member.
“I don’t envy the judges their job. “We wish them all good luck and know that
they will enjoy the night and look back on it with fondness and pride for the
rest of their lives,” she added.

The pageant, running to a tried and
tested formula, will open with an elaborately choreographed opening dance. The
introduction of the contestants to the audience will then move on, with the
participants dazzling the audience – and hopefully the judges – in a
tried-and-tested parade of casual wear, talent, swim wear and formal sections.
Needless to say, no Miss Teen pageant would be complete without live entertainment
by local performers. This year will be no different, with the Leo’s Club of
Grand Cayman rounding up an impressive line-up of performers who will add extra
pizzazz to the evening.

New element to the pageant

The Miss Teen Committee, in a nod to
the times, chose to introduce an academic component to this year’s show. The
pre-pageant academic test and community service hours are a welcome addition to
a competition which aims to promote beauty with a purpose. These two new facets
of the pageant also underscore the importance of the community work platform
each Miss Teen contestant will have chosen to promote during her yearlong
reign.

As well as the Miss Teen Reception
at the pageant’s sponsor hotel, the Ramada Grand Caymanian Resort, where the
contestants and members of the public were formally introduced to participants’
sponsors, the contestants have had a full itinerary. Their last official
engagement is the Miss Teen Motorcade on 21 August.

Organised by the Miss Teen
Committee, which comprises members of the Leo Club of Grand Cayman, the pageant
is the club’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Commenting on the countdown to
the pageant, Sabine Calvetti of the Miss Teen Committee said:  “We have enjoyed working with the contestants
this far and look forward to working with them more in the next few days and preparing
them for the pageant”.

Miss Teen sponsors

A not so obvious but vital
component of the pageant is the support given by its major sponsors.

Leo’s Club President Jerrique
Seymour said, “We have nine beautiful young ladies this year with the highest
ambition to ‘want it, feel it, wear it and be it’ [this year’s pageant motto]
and most of all to be Miss Teen Cayman Islands 2010-2011.

“It has been a very long and tiring
three months heading up to the pageant, but these girls know how to bring forth
the happiness and laughter from within. Eager to win that crown, they all
remain friends and be mentors for one another”.

LIME’s Marketing Manager Julie
Hutton, an avid supporter of the pageant, said: “LIME has been a sponsor of the
Miss Teen Cayman Islands pageant for the last five years and is delighted to
once again be a part of this exciting pageant. 
This is a great opportunity for all the participants and the Leo’s Club
of Grand Cayman work extremely hard with the contestants.  A lot of the training in the run-up to the
pageant is great life skills for the future, including the winner, of course,
who has the opportunity to further their education. 

“LIME will be encouraging the
general public to be a part of this year’s contest by entering the texting
competition for the People’s Choice Award. 
All you have to do is text the name of your favourite contestant to
short code 8336 to register your vote; you can vote as many times as you like;
and texts cost $1. The winner will walk away with a trophy, a great new phone
and a photographic session at a local studio.”

Teritia Peart, business manager for
Cayman Free Press said, “We are very pleased to support this year’s Miss Teen
Cayman pageant, as we wish to encourage all of Cayman’s youth to become
involved in positive campaigns and all areas of Cayman’s youth development.”

The pageant’s hotel sponsor was
honoured to have a part of the pre-pageant preparations. According to the
general manager of the Ramanda Grand Caymanian Resort, Michael Broderick, “It
was a pleasure to support the Leo’s Club as a community effort, and its been a
pleasure hosting the contestants at the Ramada Grand Caymanian.”

Radio Cayman’s director of
broadcasting, Norma McField, said, “The station is honoured to be a sponsor and
to be associated with the Leo’s Club’s Miss Teen. It’s a worthwhile event
because it helps to develop civic pride and awareness in the contestants and in
the general public.”

Tickets, priced $20 (adults) presold,
and $25 at the gate; $15 (children 6-12) $20 at the gate and free to children
younger than 5, are available from LIME locations at Anderson Square and the
Galleria Plaza in Grand Cayman and at locations on Cayman Brac, Funky Tangs and
at Reflections outlets.

Gates open at 5.30pm and the show
starts promptly at 6pm.

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Miss Teen Cayman Islands 2010 contestants: Leanne Ritch, 17; Gabriela Jackson, 16; Nickisia Stepheson, 16; Ashleigh Naulty, 16; Nadicia Dixon, 17; Shanique Yen, 16; Samantha Nicoletta, 16; Celina Russell, 17; and Monique Connolly, 14.
Photo: Luis Vallecillo
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