Crown passes to new Miss Teen

One of nine beauties — Monique
Connolly, Celina Russell, Samantha Nicoletta, Shanique Yen, Nadicia Dixon,
Ashleigh Nalty, Nickisha Stephenson, Gabriela Jackson or Leanne Ritch — will be
crowned Miss Teen Cayman 2010 at the Miss Teen pageant on Saturday, 28 August
at the Lions Community Centre.

Doors open at 5.30pm and the show
starts promptly at 6pm. This year’s contestants, who have undergone weeks of
training in deportment, etiquette, personal grooming, nutrition and physical
exercise will have only a few hours under the bright lights to impress the
judges and the large crowd that always attends the event.

The introduction of the contestants
to the audience will be a parade of casual wear, talent, swimwear and formal

“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.

The popular pageant represents the
culmination of a journey during which the contestants have learned new skills,
grown in poise and confidence, made new friends and introduced to the public
and participating sponsors. The last official engagement was the Miss Teen Motorcade
on 21 August, which drew a lots of attention as contestants waved to pedestrians
and motorists throughout the island. The tour was festive with many drivers
honking their horns at the contestants by way of encouragement, acknowledging
the participants, and wishing them good luck for the pageant.

“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,” said Leo’s Club President Jerrique Seymour.

LIME is 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.

The Miss Teen Pageant is organised
by the Miss Teen Committee, which comprises of members of the Leo Club of Grand
Cayman. The pageant is the club’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

Tickets are $20
(adults) presold, and $25 at the gate; $15 (children 6-12) or $20 at the gate,
and free to children younger than 5. They 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.


Miss Teen Cayman Islands 2010 contestants: Leanne Ritch, 17; Gabriela Jack-son, 16; Nickisia Stephe-son, 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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