Suelika N. Buchanan

The Observer

More than 12 Caribbean islands are set to send their talented teens to compete in the Miss Haynes Smith Caribbean Talented Teen Pageant, which is scheduled for Thursday December 29 at the National Carnival Village.

Some of the countries that have shown interest in the pageant are Trinidad & Tobago, Grenada, St. Vincent & the Grenedines, St. Lucia, Anguilla, St. Maarten, British Virgin Islands, United States Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

Three new countries have shown interest in the pageant this year, they are Guyana, Curacao and the Bahamas.

St. Kitts will be represented by the reigning Miss Talented Teen Queen out of the Cayon High School Rozella Richardson.

Even though more than 12 countries have shown interest in the pageant only 12 countries will participate, said chairman of the pageant, Antonio Maynard.

“We are presently screening the countries that have shown interest in participating in our pageant,” Maynard said. “And our way of doing that is we accept those with the earliest applications and also those we wouldn’t have to pay for.”

Maynard revealed that there are exciting and notable changes that have been included in the pageant.

“This year for the Ambassadorial Appearance, we have asked the countries to wear a military uniform that reflects their country,” he said. “I wouldn’t go into too much details on how they would perform in the outfit, I just want everyone to come out on the night of the show and see.

“As usual, we are going to have Caribbean celebrities apart of the show as it has been so in the past. Our regional entertainers have made our show most look forward to and we’re going to have one comedian and a regional performer.”

“Our committee is in full gear, and we’re ready to unfold an exciting package for all to see,” Maynard said.

The pageant gives the young talented ladies around the Caribbean the opportunity to express themselves at a very high standard.

“Our emphasis is on talent and intelligence, they are the main focus of our show and they also carry the most points and we are very proud about the development of this pageant so far which is a major event in the entire Caribbean,” the chairman said. “This pageant is a pageant not only for people in St. Kitts to look forward to but also in other countries, it promotes unity and we are very proud of how much it has grown.”

The reigning queen is Miss Grenada Cathisha Williams and as apart of her prizes, will be travelling to the U.K this week to participate in the World Travel Market in London.

“We feel strongly that this will be a good opportunity for her where she can promote our pageant along with Grenada and St. Kitts.”