July 22, 2011
After weeks of intense training and grooming sessions, the contestants of Theodore Elyett's Miss Teen Bahamas Organization will be unveiled to the public tonight at 8 p.m. in Salons III and IV of the Wyndham Nassau Resort and Crystal Palace Casino. The contestant launch party will be the public's first opportunity to see the contestants vying for the title of Theodore Elyett's Miss Teen Bahamas 2011/12.
Under the theme, "Pretty girl rock: Beauty.Intelligence.Grace," the launch party marks the beginning of the organization's long list of preliminary competitions, community service initiatives, additional training and educational workshops.
In the organization's sixth year of operation, pageant organizers have created a summer development program with a focus on the significance of community service and personal development, and have teamed up with Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre to highlight and promote the significance of mental health.
The teen contestants will also get their hands a little dirty this summer as the organization has partnered with Dolphin Encounters Beach Buddy Clean Up program. They will also make special visits to the Williemae Pratt Centre for Girls and the Princess Margaret Hospital's Children's Ward, and host a party for the children of Gambier Village.
Staying true to this year's theme, pageant organizers have taken the focus on the personal development aspect of the summer program to another level. To date, the young women have participated in educational seminars, stage deportment training, question and answer techniques, personal grooming, and etiquette and speech seminars. Intense training workshops with motivational speakers and life trainers have also been included in this year's program. Trainers include Total Image Management CEO Stacia Williams, Toastmaster Demekas Foster, former beauty queen Janay Pyfrom, licensed aesthetician and massage therapist Pia Glover, pageant coach and stage trainer Delano Sweeting, reporter Kendeno Knowles, and certified child behavioral therapist William J. Stubbs.
With the level of training and coaching the contestants are put through, the Theodore Elyett Miss Teen Bahamas committee ensures that its contestants and eventual winner will meet the standards of international teen pageants around the world. The training has proved fruitful so far as the organization has achieved six international victories in only six years of operation -- a feat accomplished by no other pageant in Bahamian history.
The contestant launch party is the first of many opportunities for the public to view the young ladies and choose their favorites. The contestants will compete in a spokesmodel/queen of the catwalk competition, toastmaster's speech competition, evening gown and talent competitions all within the next few weeks. A winner will be crowned on Sunday, August 14 in the Rainforest Theatre of the Wyndham Nassau Resort & Crystal Palace Casino. The lucky teen queen wins a myriad of prizes including $2,000. She will also participate in the 2011 edition of Miss Teenager Universe to be held in Guatemala.
Tickets for all pageant events can be purchased through the organization and its contestants, or at Eye Candy Makeup Company at the intersection of Rosetta Street and Hawkins Hill.
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