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Teen pageant promotes self-confidence, self-esteem and poise

first_imgLocalNews Teen pageant promotes self-confidence, self-esteem and poise by: – January 25, 2012 Tweet Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img Director of the Waitukubuli Dance Theatre Company, Raymond Lawrence. Photograph by Josiah St. Jean of Pictastic Photo StudioChief Cultural Officer and Director of the Waitukubuli Dance Theatre Company Raymond Lawrence has characterized the Teen pageant as one which promotes self confidence, self-esteem and poise of its participants.The 35th annual Teen Pageant was launched on Tuesday evening at the Arawak House of Culture, an initiative of the Waitukubuli Dance Theatre Company who will this year celebrate their 41st anniversary of existence.Lawrence noted that the pageant affords participants the opportunity to develop their talents and skills. He says the pageant is not merely for entertainment and development of culture but also an educational experience for the participants.“The Teen Pageant has allowed contestants to be trained in walking and modeling, in performance of their talent and skills and also in their public speaking and responding to questions. Quite apart from being a modeling and beauty pageant, it is also an educational experience for all the contestants and we should always remember that it is not so much about the winning or losing but it is about the experience the show affords to the contestants in helping them to develop their self-confidence, their self-esteem and poise.”Lawrence highlighted a few former Miss Teen Pageant winners who also won the Miss Dominica titles.Reigning Miss Teen Dominica – Nicole Rodriguez.Photograph by Josiah St. Jean of Pictastic Photo Studio.“It is interesting to note that there are a number of teen contestants who went on to win the title of Carnival Queen for example, Vanessa Isles, Minerve Lewis, Leandra Lander and Marah Walter all were part of the teen pageant and they went on to win the Miss Dominica title.”According to Lawrence, Miss Monroe College 2011 Samarya Joseph who copped the awards for best talent, Miss Intelligence and best in evening wear was also the Miss Teen Pageant 2006. Miss Joseph out shined eight other contestants when she won the Miss Monroe College title in New York last year. Meanwhile, nine teenagers will participate in the 2012 Miss Teen Pageant competition on Sunday 12th February at Festival City in Pottersville.They are;Shawnelle Walsh representing the Convent High School and sponsored by Guiyave Limited,Mernel Christmas representing the Isaiah Thomas Secondary School,Siedah Charles representing the Orion Academy,Christel Bertrand of the Goodwill Secondary School,Brianna Peltier representing the St. Martin’s Secondary School, sponsored by New India Assurance Company LimitedAlize Charles representing the Portsmouth Secondary School, sponsored by Ross University School of MedicineTamika Balson representing the Dominica Grammar School, sponsored by DOMLECMelina Riviere representing the North East Comprehensive School, sponsored by Dominica Coconut ProductsTahnee Baron representing the Pierre Charles Secondary SchoolPhotographs by Josiah St. Jean of Pictastic Photo Studio [nggallery id = 125] Dominica Vibes News Share 66 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Postcards celebrate toboggan run’s 80th anniversary

first_imgIndinapolis, In. — Pokagon State Park has been thrilling winter guests with its 90-foot tall toboggan run since Franklin D. Roosevelt was president.To celebrate that longevity, the Steuben County Tourism Bureau has made commemorative postcards to celebrate the run’s 80-year anniversary. From Dec. 21 to Jan. 1, each toboggan will receive one postcard while supplies last.Toboggan rental is $13 a toboggan per hour. One toboggan will hold up to four riders. There is a gate admission fee of $7 for in-state vehicles, $9 for out of state vehicles, or $2 a person on a bus or commercial van. For more information visit www.tobogganrun.com.Pokagon State Park (on.IN.gov/pokagonsp) is at 450 Lane 100 Lake James, Angola, 46703last_img read more

USC among top fundraising universities

first_imgFor the fourth year running, USC has placed in the top three institutions nationwide for fundraising. USC maintained its third- place position behind fundraising powerhouses Harvard University and Stanford University, which placed first and second, respectively. Alongside USC, the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University and Yale University also rounded out the the top 10. The top 10 included mostly private schools like USC, with only two public schools, The University of California San Francisco and University of Washington. UCLA finished just outside the top 10 at No. 12. Combined, the top 10 schools collected almost a third of every dollar donated to U.S. colleges in 2016. Across the nation, donations to universities have kept up with the raising rate of inflation in 2016, reaching a combined $41 billion in donations, a growth of about 1.7 percent from the 2015 total. In total, the survey reports that USC raised more than $1 billion in gifts and new pledges in 2016, with nearly $667 million of them in cash. This marks an important benchmark on President C.L. Max Nikias’s Campaign For USC fundraising initiative, now in its sixth year, which has nearly reached its $6 billion fundraising goal to advance academic opportunities at USC as well as expand the University’s role as a positive impact on the global and local community. So far, the campaign has raised $5.89 billion from more than 300,000 donors.“USC’s fundraising momentum keeps building, confirming how much our community of supporters believe in the exciting growth at the university,” said Albert R. Checcio, USC’s senior vice president for university advancement, to USC News.last_img read more