The pageant is scheduled for the St. John’s Arts & Culture Centre Sunday, Mar. 24.
Among the contestants is 16-year-old Sabrina Philbert of Burin, a Level II student at Marystown Central High.
Ms. Philbert has achieved the MCHS Principal’s List - First Class Honours (2011-2012); competed in soccer, softball, basketball and volleyball; and has volunteered with the local SPCA, TARGA and is a member of the youth group ‘Activists for Change’.
Emily Bland, 18, of Grand Falls-Windsor will crown her successor.
The event takes place over a four-day period, with the actual pageant (crowning) Mar. 24. The written academic test (20 per cent), fitness test (15 per cent) and interviews with the judges (40 per cent) result in 75 per cent of their overall score, completed prior to pageant night.
Another five per cent involves charitable work in the community.
The pageant has been matched with a wish child through the Children’s Wish Foundation, and all money raised will help to send our little girl to Disney to have tea with the princesses.
Contestants will participate in several social activities throughout the weekend including a tour of the House of Assembly, educational seminars on various topics, as well as fun activities such as Glow Bowling and painting pottery at the Clay Café.
This will be the 17th year for this event. The Miss Teen Newfoundland & Labrador Pageant began in 1996, with the goal to acknowledge the accomplishments of the young women of our province, with consideration given to academics, fitness, public speaking, leadership skills, community involvement and volunteer work, to name a few.
Miss Teen Newfoundland & Labrador travels the province attending numerous festivals, events and assisting various charities throughout her reign, as a role model for youth in our province.