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Miss Teen finalists meet governor general

Saturday, September 23, 2017

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RECENTLY, the 15 finalists in the 2017/18 Miss Teen Jamaica competition paid a courtesy call on Governor General Sir Patrick Allen at King's House in St Andrew.

Peta-Gaye Foster, the event's chief organiser, said the girls were welcomed to King's House by Sir Patrick with open arms. He urged them to use the experience and the exposure from the contest to improve their chances of success in their lives.

“In a very emotional welcome, he urged them not to be distracted by negative events, but to focus on the positives and continue to believe in themselves and their country — and they were really pleased with the advice,” she told Jamaica Observer.

Foster — daughter of the annual contest's founder, the late Janet Sinclair — said that she was encouraged by the GG's remarks to keep the over — 35-year-old event going, offering an opportunity for upward mobility for young women.

She noted that in its existence, the annual Miss Teen contest has given hundreds of young women maximum exposure by allowing them to meet and speak with important persons in government, education, business and social development, as well as meettheir peers with a similar obsession to succeed in life.

“We are all looking forward to the finals and we hope that by then all the girls would have benefited from the training and the exposure that it affords them so that, even if they do not win the contest, they would have benefited immensely from the experience,” said Foster.

Some of the contestants in this year's finals are: Chevoneice Clarke, Miss Seal Investment; Chloe Anderson, Miss Coldfield Manufacturing; Krystal Spencer, Miss Sapphire Decor & Furnishings; Shamoya Smith, Miss Kiki's Tutor Palace; Zaneika Wint, Miss Woodstock, Negril; Santori McKenzie, Miss Golden Bowl Restaurant; Shanise Lewis, Miss Dr Dylan Marfan; and Jevene Morrison, Miss Triple Century.

The finals of the 2017/18 Miss Teen Jamaica contest is scheduled for the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston on Sunday, November 5 at 7:00 pm.

— Balford Henry

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