Teens prepare for pageant

Five local girls are learning what it means to be beautiful as they get ready for the big night. 

The Leo Club of Grand Cayman’s 35th Miss Teen Pageant takes place at the Lions Centre on 31 August.  

In preparation of the pageant, the girls are getting special lessons on interviews, dance, hair and makeup and learning more about the island. 

So far, they have participated in a number of events including an island tour. On Friday, 28 June, the contestants received their official pageant sashes. The ceremony was held at the Grand Old House Restaurant where the young ladies introduced themselves to guests. 

The girls were sashed by their respective sponsors at the dinner, which gave them the opportunity to mix and mingle. All five contestants put their etiquette skills to good use during the five-course meal. 

Meet the contestants: 

Cheyenne Tibbetts, 16:  

Contestant No. 1 hopes to be a role model for teens and make an impression on others. In her platform “Anti-bullying”, Cheyenne hopes to inform the public about bullying. Her motivation to enter the pageant was inspired by past Miss Teen contestants’ memories and experiences. As Miss Teen Cayman, she will focus on empowering her peers and fellow Caymanians. 

Loshana López-Francis, 15:  

Contestant No. 2 embraces participation in the pageant as an opportunity to develop her leadership skills and self-confidence. A strong believer in community service and volunteerism, Loshana plans to work hard to advocate her platform “The importance of education”. As Miss Teen, she will strive to empower others, especially young girls, to take advantage of their educational opportunities and encourage Cayman’s youth to become more involved in community service. 

Aliana Dodds, 15:  

Contestant No. 3 wants to be a role model for the youth. If successful in winning, Aliana will work to enforce her platform “Human/gender equality”.  

Tishay Heath, 17:  

Contestant No. 4 wants to improve her confidence. Her grandmother and mother saw it a great opportunity for her to strengthen her confidence and public speaking. If successful, Tishay plans to be more genuine, hardworking and responsible. Her platform is to “Promote confidence in young ladies”. 

Minelli Tibbetts, 16:  

Contestant No. 5 entered the pageant for the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of other teens. She hopes to be groomed into a confident, courteous and charming young lady. If successful, Minelli plans to promote her platform of “Fighting obesity” by encouraging young Caymanians to get fit and healthy. 


Miss Teen girls at Pedro St. James, with the current Miss Teen Cayman Islands NorDania Stewart, third from left. – Photo: Luis Vallecillo

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