From an organizational standpoint as well, the early signs are that the planning committee is well advanced in its preparations and so too their partnership with major sponsors and donors.
At least this was the impression given here on Tuesday, 27th November, 2012, when officials from the Haynes Smith Caribbean Talented Teen Pageant Organizing Committee hosted a media launch at the popular night club, Cloud 9, located at Port Zante in Basseterre.
The event, explained show producer, Mr. Antonio Maynard, was also designed to announce certain details regarding the pageant, including the sponsorship agreement reached with premier sponsor, telecommunications company, DIGICEL.
As a sign of confirmation of the confidence placed in the pageant and the host committee, Digicel’s Marketing Manager, Mrs. Marsha Chatterjee, presented a symbolic cheque of EC$37,000 to Maynard, representing the hard value of the contribution being offered again this year for assisting in meeting the huge costs associated with hosting an event of this great magnitude.
While handing over the oversized cheque to Maynard, the Digicel Marketing Manager expressed her company’s delight in once again partnering with the pageant hosts and assured them of their continued support.
A grateful Antonio Maynard thanked Digicel and praised them for their continued contribution and investment in the contest.
Also present for the ceremony were the two contestants who will be representing the islands of Nevis and St. Kitts in the competition. These include Miss Junika Berry from St. Kitts, a student of the Washington Archibald High School, and the 2011 winner of the local Talented Teen pageant. She is presently preparing to attain outstanding results in nine (9) subjects in the 2013 CSEC Examinations.
Representing Nevis will be Kevonie Pemberton, 18 years old, and a student at the Sixth Form College in Nevis.Outside academics she is an active member of the St. Kitts Nevis Red Cross & a member of the Literary and Debating Society Fundraising committee. On the 4th February she was crowned Miss Teen Hospitality which was a dream come true for her as she was then afforded the opportunity to be an ambassador for her island.
Giving her support to the launch ceremony was the reigning Caribbean Talented Teen, Ms Siobhan Phipps of St. Kitts, who last year dominated the contest.
An official of the planning committee has advised that this year, as they have in the past, they intend to recruit a pool of judges, representative of various Caribbean nations, rather than relying solely on Kittitian adjudicators.
This year the pageant is slated for Saturday 29th December, at 8:00pm, at Carnival Village, Basseterre. In addition to the host country delegates, contestants will come from US Virgin Islands, Trinidad & Tobago, St. Lucia, Grenada, Jamaica, British Virgin Islands, Barbados, Bahamas, and Anguilla.