BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, December 30, 2019 (PLP PR Media Inc.) -- Contestants in the 40th edition of the annual Haynes Smith Miss Caribbean Talented Teen Pageant were on Sunday evening December 29 treated to dinner by Team Unity’s Caretaker for Constituency Number Three (West Basseterre), Senator the Hon Akilah Byron-Nisbett, at the Palm Court Gardens in Fortlands, Basseterre.
“This evening I just encouraged the young ladies to remember that in all the pageantry they should also remember the bonds they have made as friends, and to continue to keep in touch with each other - continue to be each other’s keeper and to remember the relationships that they would have fostered while they were here,” said Senator Byron-Nisbett, who is a former chairperson of the pageant.
The show will be held tonight (Monday December 30) at the St. Kitts Marriott’s Grand Ballroom with eleven contestants taking part, gracefully attempting to wrestle the crown from the reigning Haynes Smith Miss Caribbean Talented Teen Queen, Ms Anya Seetahal of St. Kitts.
These are Miss US Virgin Islands - Kleshelle Gaskin; Miss St. Kitts - Avanya Richards; Miss Nevis - Shadiah Mitchell; Miss Barbados - Kyla Ward; Miss St. Lucia - Kersandra Richards; Miss Sint Maarten - Shaneisha Robinson; Miss Trinidad and Tobago - Karisa Bislal; Miss St. Vincent and the Grenadines - Ikeya Providence; Miss Guyana - Christal De Jesus; Miss Dominica - Kyanna Dyer; and Miss Anguilla - Kyliah Baird.
Last year the pageant had attracted nine contestants including one from Antigua and Barbuda, which did not send a representative this year. Countries that were not represented last year, but have sent a representative are Guyana, Dutch Sint Maarten, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. French St. Martin last had a contestant in 2017, and she emerged the winner, but did not send a contestant in 2018 and this year as well.
“I encouraged the contestants for tomorrow’s (Monday December 30) pageant, and let them know that I am looking forward to the exceptional presentations that usually take place for this pageant,” said the Hon Byron-Nisbett, who is also the Deputy Political Leader of the Peoples Labour Party (PLP). “I know it is normally of a very high standard and so I am just looking forward to being able to witness what they have to offer us tomorrow.”
The Senator, who was accompanied by members of the Haynes Smith Miss Caribbean Talented Teen Pageant committee, informed the contestants that the pageant was dear to her as she worked with the pageant for over twenty years. She told them that she started first as an escort for the VIP guests, making up her way to judges’ coordinator, then contestants’ and activities’ coordinator before she rose to be the pageant’s third chairperson.
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