Pageant contestants give uplifting message to high school females

Eleven contestants participating in the upcoming Miss Teen Bahamas International Pageant arrived in Grand Bahama on Wednesday, April 20. Preliminaries take place Thursday at the Grand Lucayan with the finale in Nassau at Margaritaville. While in Freeport, the contestants attended at special assembly the Jack Hayward Senior High School that was also attended by senior female students of St. George’s High. The contestants are seen arriving at the gym for the assembly. (BIS Photo/Andrew Miller)

Eleven contestants of Miss Teen Bahamas Pageant, accompanied by franchise holder Tia Thompson and Board members, paid a visit to Jack Hayward Senior High School on Thursday, April 21 ahead of the preliminaries being held on island at the Grand Lucayan. Female students from Jack Hayward Senior High along with the seniors from St. Georges High School attended the special assembly.

Press Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister and Director of Miss Teen Bahamas, Clint Watson told the young ladies that people always want to do well in life, but to do so, they must put God first. He said there are many successful women in the country who have contributed to the growth and development of The Bahamas. Watson told the students that they too can be among those making major contributions to the growth and development of the nation.

He said they should seriously consider how they forge their path in life. He gave them a question to think about, “what people will say when your name is called.”

Mr. Watson encouraged them not to use their past experiences as an excuse not to achieve their dreams, and said they determine their own success. Before introducing the contestants, he said, “it is important for you to always be prepared when opportunity knocks.”

The current title holder, Miss Sheronika Simeon, who historically for the first time placed in the top five at the International Teen pageant, as well as Miss Chantel O’Brian, the reigning Miss Bahamas Universe, who also for the first time in the country’s history placed in the top 10, were also in attendance. Both queens encouraged the students to be the best form of themselves and to never give up on their dreams.

As this is the first time the preliminaries of the pageant are being held in Grand Bahama, it is setting the stage for Grand Bahama to be the entertainment capital of the country, as touted by Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Ginger Moxey. The delegation arrived on Wednesday and visited Port Lucaya Marketplace. In addition to the visit to the school on Thursday, the contestants paid a courtesy call on Minister Moxey before putting in last minute rehearsals and preparing for the preliminaries.

The Miss Teen Bahamas International pageant partnered with Elnet Maritime Agency as the title sponsor, and the Grand Bahama Port Authority as a platinum sponsor.

Other sponsors include BTC (the official cell provider of the pageant), the Ministry of Grand Bahama, H. Forbes Charter Services, Wendy’s, Pelican Bay Resort, Grand Lucayan Resort, Healing Hearts, and Bahamasair. The finale will be held in Nassau on Sunday at Margaritaville.

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