(ZIZ News) — It was a big night for the Basseterre High on Saturday as the school captured two crowns at the National Talented Teen Pageant and the Teenage Calypso Monarch Competition.
Parents, teachers, and schoolmates turned out at the Sugar Mill on Saturday night to cheer on their representatives in two contests, spotlighting the talents and skills of high school students from around the island.
At the end of the night, Basseterre High School came out the big winner, snagging both crowns.
Kadeema Blanchette won the National Talented Teen Pageant with 379 points, winning Best Ambassadorial Speech, Best Evening Wear, and Best Onstage Interview along the way.
She told ZIZ that she was ecstatic about her win.
“I’m feeling very happy to know that my hard work paid off. Next year, I plan to represent St. Kitts in the Haynes Smith Caribbean Talented Teen and I plan to do my country proud,” she said.
The First Runner-up position went to Jahnika Francis of Verchilds High School with 340.5 points. She also won the award for Best Talent Performance.
Thalia Wigley of Charles E. Mills Secondary School took the Second Runner-up spot, with 339 points and Kaliyana Desouza of Washington Archibald High School placed Third Runner-up with 332.5 points.
Meanwhile, Tiandra “Singing Sensation” Francis of Basseterre High School took the title of Teen Calypso Monarch, scoring 248 points with her song “bullying”
She told ZIZ News that she couldn’t believe it when she heard her name being called.
“It was like I was in a magical land. I was so frightened. I was just there shaking like…I don’t know…I was just surprised honestly,” she said.
Defending King Shomari “Mighty Sookie” Mitchell took First Runner-up with 246 points for the song “United We Stand”. Second Runner-up went to Devaughn “Duke Devaugh” Browne’s “Too Sexy” with 227 points and T’quan “Mighty T” Mcdowell placed Third Runner-up with “Time To Stand Up”, scoring 225 points.