11 contestants confirmed for 33rd annual Digicel Haynes Smith Miss Caribbean Talented Teen Pageant

BASSETERRE, ST.KITTS (TUESDAY, 6THNOVEMBER, 2012): A total of eleven (11) Caribbean countries have confirmed to participate in the upcoming 33rd annual production of the Digicel Haynes Smith Miss Caribbean Talented Teen Pageant, slated to take place on December 29th at Carnival Village.

Contestants’ photos and biography information were publicly revealed, this week on the pageant’s official fan page www.facebook.com/CaribbeanTalentedTeen.

Persons are encouraged to visit this fan page to see this year’s contestants and also to click ‘Like’to vote for Miss Photogenic.

The participating teens and their respective countries are as follows: MISS ANGUILLA -Dwayniqua Baird 16 yrs, MISS BAHAMAS- Jayme Pinde 16 yrs, MISS JAMAICA-Kabrena Robinson 17 yrs, MISS ST.KITTS- Junika Berry 16 yrs, MISS ST.LUCIA -Shartoya Jn Baptiste 17 yrs, MISS TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO -Clara Barker – 17yrs, MISS ST.CROIX- Aniah N. John 14 yrs, MISS NEVIS- Kevonie Pemberton – 18yrs, MISS BARBADOS- Zhané Padmore- 18yrs, MISS BVI- Kamyce Penn – 18yrs and MISS GRENADA – Melissa DeAllie – 16yrs .

According to Chairman of the Haynes Smith Committee, Mr. Antonio Maynard, preparations leading up to the pageants are going well.

“Plans are on track to produce an excellent production again this year. We intend to raise the standard even higher this in its 33rd annual staging,” he stated.

He informed that the local organizing Haynes Smith committee used a first come first serve criteria, adding that the successfully selected countries submitted what was requested of them from the committee based on the contracts signed to between the two parties.

Application was opened in August and closed off on 15 October this year.

Mr. Maynard revealed that a quite a number of applications were submitted. However “We decided to go with who we think will be the most competitive among the selected countries.”

He also spoke about the quality level of talents that the contestants possess collectively.

“We also scrutinize the talent, that is, the standard of the talent of each contestant. Most of these contestants would have entered a local show in order in order to be qualified to participate in the show. So we have been monitoring them all through the year and now the show is like the finale where they would have to come up against their Caribbean counterparts,” Mr. Maynard said.

The Haynes Smith Committee official addressed the successful longevity of the pageant.

“We are proud to be celebrating the 33rd year. I think the commitment and loyalty of all members involved and most of them have been involved for many years have contributed to the longevity of the pageant over the years. The franchise holders, too, have been very loyal. In addition, the overseas person have been very loyal and they look forward every year to coming to St. Kitts along with other followers-family and friends,” he expressed.

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