She’s been a Leifling and she’s now an ambassador, but Claire Beck has her sights set on a bigger prize.
“I’m going for Leif the Lucky next,” said a beaming Beck, 17, after she and Jessie Lawrence, 15, were named youth ambassadors for the Corner Brook Winter Carnival at Corner Brook Regional High on Monday night. Both are students at the school.
And her goal to take over as the official mascot of the city’s winter festival got a seal of approval from Lawrence.
“There you go, nice, make it a gender neutral Leif the Lucky.”
Their selection was a first for the ambassador committee as it dropped the tradition of naming male and female ambassadors and opted instead to have the judges select the top two from among the field of 18 contestants. In recent years the number of males getting involved in the contest has dwindled.
Runner-ups in the contest were Sami Lawrence and Jadyn Normore.
“Super excited now,” was how Beck described the feeling just moments after the ambassador sash was placed over her shoulders.
She said she felt like she’d come full circle after being the Leifling, the sidekick to mascot Leif the Lucky, almost 10 years ago.
This was her second time entering the contest and she did so to become more involved in the community.
“So the best way to do that is get involved with carnival and the best way to do that is become one of the carnival committee.”
She feels she’ll bring a lot of enthusiasm to the 10-day festival and her fellow contestants agreed as they voted her the recipient of the Jackie Spencer Memorial award.
She’s also looking forward to spreading the news of everything that will be happening through social media once carnival starts on Friday.
Lawrence said she was “super pumped” to have been named an ambassador in her first time in the contest. Her excitement was evident in the huge smile.
“There’s so many great people, I honestly did not know who was going to win.”
She said she wanted to become an ambassador because of the things she’s been doing in the community.
The openly gay teen is one of the organizers of Camp Ohana, a summer camp for LGBTQ youth that is being planned for this summer.
She said she’s gotten to meet a lot of people who are a part of carnival because of that and has done presentations for the committee.
She said she wanted to be in on the action and get involved and see how much she could learn from it.
Lawrence feels she’ll bring a lot of leadership experience and a lot of drive to carnival.
“I’m there to encourage youth. I’m there to work with youth. I’m there to purely be a part of my community.”