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Stephenville woman shocked at win in scholarship program

Radhika Verma of Stephenville is crowned Miss Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador 2018 by Gabrielle Dupont of Mount Pearl, last year’s winner of the coveted crown.
Radhika Verma of Stephenville is crowned Miss Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador 2018 by Gabrielle Dupont of Mount Pearl, last year’s winner of the coveted crown. - Submitted

One of Radhika Verma’s platforms during her reign as Miss Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador 2018 will be to encourage young women to get involved in events like the scholarship program she just won.

She was announced Miss Achievement from amongst 22 peers at the annual crowning ceremony held in St. John’s on Sunday night. Miss Achievement is a premier scholarship program for young woman age 13-18 years.

“I was absolutely shocked, when they said my number (nine) and name I put my hands to my face in amazement,” Verma said.

As a result of the win, she received the crown and sash, gets to attend events and her plan is to spread a positive message.

“Specifically, I want to encourage youth to become involved in their communities,” Verma said in a Monday morning interview after returning from St. John’s.

When it comes to community involvement, she can speak from experience as she’s been involved in the Bay St. George Mothers Against Drunk Driving Chapter for years; is part of the Community Youth Network; serves with Yoga Kids NL; and in September of this year was appointed to the Premier’s Youth Council.

In her role with MADD, at the pageant she spoke on the topic of “The importance of driving impaired free,” while her impromptu question was based on her involvement with the Premier’s Youth Council, and her yoga involvement helped her with her category of physical fitness and mindfulness.

Her favourite part of the four-day event was taking part in a three-hour Dale Carnegie public speaking session because she said that’s where she really got to know who everyone was.

“I never got to meet such a group of motivated and intelligent young people all together in one place before,” Verma said.

In addition to being crowned Miss Teen Achievement, she was also honoured to win the public speaking award, which was a voucher of $1,700 for a Dale Carnegie public speaking program.

The Miss Teen Achievement contest basically looks for well-rounded confident young women who are determined through a series of tests on fitness, academic writing, public speaking, versed on the environment and on becoming a future leader.

She could not have done this without the support of her family and thanked her mom and dad Rosie and Dr. Subhash Verma and her older sisters Sonali and Parinita Verma.

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