Young women between the ages of 13-18 living in Labrador West are encouraged to enter the Miss Teen Chill Pageant taking place in March.
Those who wish to do so need to have their applications submitted by Jan. 30.
Now in its fifth year, Miss Teen Chill takes place as part of the Labrador West Winter Carnival. The pageant is an opportunity for young women to compete, have fun, gain confidence and meet new friends.
Last year’s title holder, Sativa Simmonds of Labrador City, said she enjoyed her reign as Miss Teen Chill and is excited be passing her crown on to this year’s winner.
Her first time entering a pageant, Sativa said she was surprised to be crowned Miss Teen Chill 2018.
In addition to the title, she also won the pageant’s Public Speaking Award.
“I spoke about drug and substance abuse and talked about how a lot of people suffer silently. They don’t reach out for help because they feel like they are going to get judged. I talked about my personal experience with people I know who have abused substances,” the 17-year-old said.
Sativa is a Grade 12 student at Menihek High School. She is a member of the school’s cheerleading team and is active in her community. Her volunteer roles have included car parking at the arena and being part of the stage crew for the local Carol Players. Sativa has also helped prepare Christmas food hampers, has volunteered with the Salvation Army and the Relay for Life.
She’s participated in the Guinness Math test and has obtained the Order of Merit Award since Grade 8.
Certified in CPR and First Aid, Sativa is now busy helping with fundraising efforts for her school’s graduation.
Sativa said the pageant is a great way to get involved in your community.
“If you’re shy like I was, it’s a great way to get out of your shell and try new things,” she said.
Jailen Spurrell is also in her final year of high school. A former Miss Teen NL contestant, she started participating in pageants in Grade 8.
Jailen was also a Miss Teen Chill contestant during the pageant’s first year.
She now volunteers in coordinating the Miss Teen Chill pageant with help from those involved with the Winter Carnival.
Jailen said Miss Teen Chill is an ambassador for youth in the community.
“It’s all about charity involvement, leadership and being a good role model,” the 17-year-old said.
Contestants are graded on evening wear, a Labrador costume, a charity essay, public speaking skills, and an interview.
The top three contestants are then asked an impromptu question which decides the winner.
In addition to Miss Teen Chill, awards are also handed out for Miss Teen Charity, Miss Teen Talent, and Miss Congeniality.
There is also an award for the best Labrador costume (Labrador Pride Award) and for the best speech (Public Speaking Award).
The pageant is a lot of fun, Jailen said, and will include an activities night that Sativa is planning for all contestants.
Sativa agrees with Jailen that the pageant is a fantastic experience for all participants.
“This is a great opportunity to get involved in the community if that’s what you want to do. It was an awesome year for me as Miss Teen Chill and I’m ready to pass on the crown to the next winner,” Sativa said.
Applications for the pageant are available by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once completed, they should be hand delivered to teacher Denise Cranford, the Winter Carnival Committee representative at Menihek High School. The deadline for applications is Jan. 30.
The pageant takes place at the Centre éducatif l'ENVOL on March 7.
For more information on the pageant visit Miss Teen Chill on Facebook.