Miss Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador 

A Premier Scholarship Program for Young Women ages 13-18 

 Participants donate $21,200 to Ronald McDonald House

                                                                          

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Kandice supports the Bishops College Prom Closet

 

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Our 2013 titleholder Kandice Power answers 20 Questions for the Telegram

                                                                

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December 11, 2012 House of Assembly

, Mr. Brazil delivered a Member Statement filled with kudos and accolades for our amazing Miss Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador! See below:

MR. SPEAKER: Today we have members? statements from the District of Conception Bay East ? Bell Island; the Member for the District of Terra Nova; the Member for the District of Port au Port; the Member for the District of Bonavista North; the Member for the District of St. John?s West; and the Member for the District of Kilbride.

The Member for the District of Conception Bay East ? Bell Island.
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SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!

MR. BRAZIL: Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

I stand in this House today to acknowledge a remarkable young lady from my district.

Kandice Power is an eighteen-year-old, undergraduate Business student from Paradise. In November, she was crowned Miss Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador. She also won the VOCM Cares Charitable Activity Award and the Talent Award at the pageant, taking home $2,500 in scholarships.

Kandice is Holy Spirit High School?s Valedictorian and Student of the Year, as well as the recipient of the Humanitarian Award and the Eastern Education Foundations Scholarship.

Kandice has been awarded more than $29,000 in scholarships for academics, volunteering, and community leadership. This remarkable lady has been a leader in community for years and serves as a role model for citizens of all ages.

She has been recognized as the youth of the year in her community for three years and has taken a leadership role in such groups as Special Olympics, World Vision, Students Against Drunk Driving, Gay Straight Alliance, McHappy Day, Model United Nations, Tutoring for Tuition, and her community?s Green Team. Her accomplishments are a testament to her commitment to helping others.

I ask all members to join me in congratulating the accomplishments of this young lady.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

SOME HON. MEMBERS: Hear, hear!


Regan Burden of Port Hope Simpson interviewed on the CBC Labrador Morning Show -  

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Jenna Kelly of Spanish Room is crowned ?Miss Teen Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador 2011/12

Southern Gazette, November 15, 2011

BY DANETTE DOOLEY

Those who don?t believe in the saying the second time round is lucky, haven?t met 17-year-old Jenna Kelly from Spanish Room.

A Level III student at Marystown Central High School, Ms. Kelly was second runner-up in the ?Miss Teen Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador  Pageant  in 2010.

She was crowned ?Miss Teen Achievement 2011/12? during the pageant held in St. John?s Nov. 6.

Although she did well in last year?s pageant, Ms. Kelly said she didn?t have any expectations when she entered again this year.

?I always try and go into every competition that I have with a good attitude, but I?m not there to win. I?m there to enjoy myself, to learn and to make new friends. And that?s definitely what I did at the pageant.?

When asked, during a recent telephone interview, how it felt to be crowned Miss Teen Achievement, the humble teen said ?she?s still in shock.

?Any one of the contestants could have won. They were all great and all really active in their communities.?

Ms. Kelly also won the ?Reid Music Talented Teen Award? as well as the ?Model Shop Teen Spirit Award?.

She gave the judges and the audience a taste of her musical talent during the gala when she sang ?Let it Be? by the Beatles while providing her own accompaniment on the harp.

You could hear a pin drop as her voice filled the theatre. The loud applause she received at the end of her performance confirmed why she?d been chosen as the most talented teen among the 24 contestants.

Ms. Kelly remarked ?That?s a song about giving back to the world and about creating love. I think it was a good choice for me.?

Ms. Kelly also made her mark in the music industry during the 2011 Clarenville Kiwanis Music Festival in May, where she earned numerous accolades including the ?Marquis Senior Rose Bowl? and the ?Vista High Points Awards?.

Her voice instructor Shelley Neville ? one of the most well known vocalists in the province ? is helping her prepare for her audition for Memorial?s School of Music.

Miss Teen Achievement is the province?s largest scholarship program for young women. The teenagers are recognized with individual awards for academics, healthy living, community services, volunteer work and performance-related talents.

A member of her school?s ?Students Against Bullying? initiative and ?Healthy Living Committee?, Ms. Kelly was recognized by her school for achieving an overall average of 94 per cent for the 2010-11 school year.

A look at her contestant profile shows she?s been more active in her community through her volunteer endeavours than most people are in a lifetime.

She co-founded ?Stop the Drama?, a group that sends school supplies to underprivileged students in Africa and performs without charge at numerous festivals and charity events in her own community and in various parts of the province.

She also volunteers at the Canadian Cancer Society?s Relay for Life and is a member of the Sacred Heart Parish Catholic Church choir.

?Volunteering is a great way to make new friends. It?s a great way to build self-esteem, too. And when I know I?m giving back to the world, it makes me feel like I?m making a difference.?

In addition to the gala, the contestants also visited the House of Assembly, the railway museum, Steele Communications and several other places throughout the city.

?We even had some belly dancers (the ?Neighbourhood Strays?) come in and give us a little lesson. It was all so fabulous. I?m still in shock.?

?I love that the pageant is all about scholarships because that contributes to your education and your life beyond high school. And that?s what really counts in the end.? - ? Jenna Kelly

Ms. Kelly said she?s looking forward to her reign as Miss Teen Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador and thanks her parents, Joyce and Joe Kelly, for their love and encouragement.

?They?ve always been so supportive of me and it?s throughout my high school years that I?m realizing that the most. I?m just so grateful to have them.?

Ms. Kelly said her friends and the teachers at MCHS are also thrilled she?s the new Miss Teen Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador.

She?s delighted all the contestants did so well. Thanks to the pageant she said, she?s now made 23 new friends.

Fifteen-year-old Regan Burden of Port Hope Simpson was first runner-up. Eighteen-year-old Jillian Vallis of St. Jacques was second runner-up.

Ms. Kelly said she?d encourage all teens between the ages of 14-18 to enter next year?s pageant.

?I love that the pageant is all about scholarships because that contributes to your education and your life beyond high school. And that?s what really counts in the end.?


One of the youngest teens to enter the Miss Teen Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador Pageant finishes as First Runner-up

The Labradorian, November 14, 2011

By Danette Dooley

One of the youngest teens to enter the Miss Teen Achievement pageant, fifteen-year-old Regan Burden of Port Hope Simpson finished first runner-up.  Sheena Martin, Captivate Photos

 Sheena Martin, Captivate Photos

Fifteen-year-old Regan Burden of Port Hope Simpson stoon on stage at Holy Heart Theatre in St. John's on November 6 with 23 other contestants in the Miss Teen Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador Pageant - waiting to hear the name sof the Top 10 finalists. One of the youngest teens to enter the pageant, Regan looked totally surprised when her name was called to step forward.

She was still at the front of the stage when the 10 were narrowed to three. When they said ?and our first runner-up is contestant number 13, Regan Burden,? my jaw dropped and my heart just went mad,? Regan said during a recent telephone interview. Miss Teen Achievement is the province?s largest scholarship program for young women. The teenagers are recognized with individual awards for academics, healthy living, community services,volunteer work and performance-related talents. Regan drove from Port Hope Simpson to St. John?s with her father Dennis Burden and her 10-year-old sister, Kendra, to attend the pageant. Knowing that her father and sister were in the audience

the evening of the crowing made her feel especially excited, she said. ?Kendra said to me after, ?I?m going to do this, too, when I get older.??

By Regan?s calculations when Kendra turns 14, she?ll be 18 and they?ll both be able to enter the pageant together. In addition to gala on Nov. 6, the contestants also visited the House of Assembly, the railway museum, Steele Communications and several other places in the city. ?On Saturday night we had an Operation Christmas Child party and we brought things to fill shoeboxes. We also had a group of belly dancers (the Neighbourhood Strays) come in and give us a little lesson. It was fantastic,? she said.

During her speech before a panel of judges, Regan spoke passionately about climate change. Having taken part in an expedition to the Arctic this summer she was well versed in the topic. Students on Ice organized the educational program, which offers youth from around the world ship-based adventures to the Arctic and Antarctic.

?The trip opened my eyes to how the planet is changing and the things we can do to help. It?s what I believe in and Miss Teen Achievement was a way for me to get my message out.? During other segments of the judging process, Regan talked about the Junior Canadian Rangers program. It?s an amazing program, she said, and one that gives young people an opportunity to learn new skills and travel both within and outside of  the province.

When asked by the judges if she felt she was at a disadvantage living in a small community, Regan said in some ways that?s true. However, she also proved to the judges that her glass is half full rather than half empty. ?I can?t go and learn how to dance or I can?t take piano lessons but through programs like the Junior Canadian Rangers I can do a lot of other things.?

Regan is a student at Bayside Academy. She says she?s had many people inspire her through the years including her mother, Paulette Stone, who could not attend the pageant due to work commitments and her grandmother, Margaret Burden, who is the mayor of Port Hope Simpson. She often thinks of her cousin who passed away a few years ago and draws inspiration from one of his favourite quotes: ?He used to say, ?Life is short, break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably and never regret anything that made you smile.??

Regan said she still misses her cousin but continues to learn from him ? even after his death. ?I learned that I had to cease every day because you never know when it could be your last.?

Seventeen-year-old Jenna Kelly of Spanish Room, Marystown, was crowned Miss Teen Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador for 2011/12.

Eighteen-year-old Jillian Vallis of St. Jacques was second runner-up.

Regan said the pageant went well beyond her expectations. She won?t soon forget the moment her father and sister came up on the stage immediately after the pageant was over.

?Dad said he was laughing but he was crying. He was just so proud of me. The look in his eyes made everything worth it.?

 


September 11, 2011 The Newfoundland Herald

 

 


March 14, 2011  The Telegram

Changing the world, one life at a time

 
 
Teen pageant winner says abuse can tear you down or make you stronger

By the time she told her secret at age 11, Kora Liegh Russell had endured four years of sexual abuse.

When she finally confided in her brother about what had been happening the one thing she wanted most in the world was a dog, the 18-year-old Bay Roberts native recalled.She got her wish on Christmas day, 2003 ? just months after disclosing the abuse. ?(My dog) helped comfort me. It?s a strange thing, but he bought that little bit of happiness to my life at that point; just having that little puppy to take care of.?

Had someone told Russell years ago she?d not only enter, but win a scholastic competition, she would have thought that an impossible feat. She said she was shocked ?for the longest time? after being crowned Miss Teen Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador Oct. 17.

?I never ever thought I would win. I?m still shocked today really to see that I achieved something so big.?

The first year Memorial University student said the pageant has opened many doors for her. She is intent on helping other people who have gone through traumatic events in their lives realize there is a light at the end of the tunnel. It?s important for people to know that, in order to move on, they need to talk about their experiences with someone they trust, she said.

?If I hadn?t told I wouldn?t be who I am today and I may have taken the wrong path and may not have been as successful as I am now.?

Miss Teen Achievement wasn?t Russell?s first pageant. In May she placed second-runner-up in the Avalon Achievement Competition and won the pageant?s academic excellence award as well as the competitive spirit award.

Russell said she was surprised when Miss Teen Achievement co-directors Joanne March and Kathy Dicks-Peyton contacted her and encouraged her to enter the competition.

While stage performance is taken into consideration by the judges, the pageant is about rewarding students with educational scholarships for excelling academically, living healthy lives and contributing to their community through volunteer activities.

Touted as a not-for-profit scholarship program, since its inception in 2006, Miss Teen Achievement has awarded more than $40,000 in scholarships. Former title winners have gone on to win more than $300,000 in educational scholarships.

Dicks-Peyton says the organization is also about giving back to the community. ?We have fundraised for the Kids Eat Smart Foundation, Heart and Stroke Foundation, and most recently raised over $6,000 for the Children?s Wish Foundation,? she said.

As Miss Teen Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador, Russell has become a role model and a voice for young people. She travels throughout the province speaking at various festivals and community fundraisers.

?Since winning the title, I?ve gained confidence in speaking to others. I?m learning social skills, how to network and I?m also learning about a lot of great organizations and people that I wouldn?t have known beforehand,? she said.

Russell is a member of Memorial?s Responsibility, Action and Development: High School Outreach Champions (RADHOC). Established in 2008, the group advocates for social justice and global citizenship by sharing their views with high school students throughout the province.

?I believe that if we all come together as one, we can change the world,? Russell says.

She is also concentrating on changing one life at a time, much closer to home. Russell said she?s not ashamed of her past. She realizes the abuse was not her fault and it has made her who she is today. ?I believe that young girls need to know that if (sexual abuse) happens? it can either tear you down or make you stronger. Choosing the right path in life and making the right decisions is not always easy, but it?s something that?s possible and you can come out of it and you will be a stronger person.?


News Release - September 8, 2010

Fabulous scholarships up for grabs as Miss Teen Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador celebrates its 5th anniversary

ST. JOHN'S, NL ? From October 14-17, 2010, 30 young women from around the province will gather in St. John?s for the 2010 Miss Teen Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador Pageant.  Since its inception in 2006, this not-for-profit scholarship program has awarded over $25,000 in scholarships.  Former winners of this title, Juliette Dupre of St. Lawrence, Julia Hiscock of Mount Pearl, Beth Peddle of St. John?s, and Kayla Carroll of St. Lunaire-Griquet, have gone on to win over $300,000 in educational scholarships.

 

?We are very excited to be celebrating our 5th anniversary,? says Joanne March, the pageant?s co-director and a former Miss Newfoundland and Labrador.  ?We started this venture with a lot of optimism and faith, and have been so overwhelmed with the support we have received.  Since 2006, all of our scholarship offerings have doubled and so have the number of participants.?

 

March says she believes the organization is growing because there is value creating educational opportunities for young people, who will one day contribute to the prosperity of our province.

The winner of the 2010 Miss Teen Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador competition will receive the McDonald?s Youth Achievement Award - a $2,000 scholarship compliments of Bennett Restaurants.

 

"We are so pleased to support this scholarship program," says Cathy Bennett, CEO of Bennett Restaurants (Your St. John?s McDonald?s). "We really believe in the vital work that this organization is doing to help empower young women, build their self-confidence and offer them scholarships.?

 

The First Runner-up at the 2010 event will receive $1,000 from the Miss Teen Achievement Scholarship Fund and the VOCM Cares Foundation, while the Second Runner-up will receive a $500 scholarship, compliments of the Barbara Ashley School of Dance, St. John?s, and Grenfell Electric of Labrador City.

This year's event will also see the addition of the Dale Carnegie Public Speaking Award.  Sponsored by Mark Baldwin and Associates, this award is valued at $1,700 and includes full tuition to any of the 12-week Dale Carnegie programs offered throughout the province.

"Becoming the person you've always wanted to be or getting to where you've always wanted to go doesn't happen by magic," says Mark Baldwin.  "As individuals, we are the only ones who can turn our aspirations into reality.  We are honoured to partner with an organization that acknowledges the accomplishments of young people and motivates and mentors positive character development.?

Other scholarships and prizes totaling over $2,000 will be awarded for academics, healthy living, performance related talents, community service, volunteer work and teen spirit. These awards are being provided by Memorial University?s Office of Student Recruitment, Curves, Reid Music, The Model Shop and VOCM Cares Foundation.

Miss Teen Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador is also providing an opportunity for the general public to select one of its award winners.  Sponsored by Provincial Airlines, the Community Pride Award is an opportunity to celebrate the value of young people in their communities and encourages them to take active roles in steering the course for Newfoundland and Labrador's future and its prosperity. 

?Young people are eager to learn and understand their community and the impact it has on their lives.  They want to learn how to relate individually and through group efforts, to work effectively in community activities, programs and organizations,? says March.  ?Developing their skills and knowledge in community leadership today will help them gain the experience required to carry out community projects and improve the areas in which they live.?

This award will be chosen by the general public through internet voting.  Further information on this voting process is available at: http://www.missteenachievement.com/.  "So, show your community pride, and vote for the pride of your community," March adds.

Contestants for this year's event will enjoy a fun-filled weekend of competition, culminating with the crowning gala at Holy Heart Theatre on Sunday, October 17, 2010, hosted by actor/comedian John Sheehan.  A stand-out comedian, Sheehan is quickly becoming the next big name from eastern Canada. He has travelled extensively with Yuk Yuks Clubs, and has hosted several provincial Tours. John is seen regularly in Rising Tide?s annual REVUE show, and has served as Artistic Director for the Rebel Island Theatre.  Tickets may be purchased at The Holy Heart Theatre box office by calling 579-4424.

 

For further information regarding the Miss Teen Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador Scholarship Program, call: 709.895-8588, Email: [email protected] or visit our website at: www.missteenachievement.com.

 

 

2010 Contestants:

 

Kandice Power, Paradise

Gerianne Rowe, Carbonear

Charlene Gear, Postville

Natasha Warren, Chapel Arm 

Stephanie Warren, Chapel Arm

Brittany Chaulk, Happy Valley-Goose Bay

Latoya Boland, Brigus

Emily Leonard, Placentia

Stephanie Croft, Renews

Deanna McNeil Croucher, South Brook

Jenna Kelly, Marystown

Amber Brown, St. John?s

Sabrina Andrews, Grand Falls-Windsor

Tiffany Sceviour, Botwood

Kassandra Parsons, Labrador City

Renata Lang, Conception Bay South

Courtney Sweetapple, Mount Pearl

Jasmine Elliott, St. John?s

Jennifer O?Quinn, Stephenville

Chelsea Gillis, St. John?s

Melissa Thomas, St. John?s

Alexandria Hemeon, Botwood

Chelsea Butler, Conception Bay South

Torilee Whiteway, St. John?s

Brittany Hawkins, Grand Falls-Windsor

Catherine Price, Fortune

Kora Liegh Russell, Bay Roberts

Carla Chaytor, Botwood

Alyssa Frampton, Leading Tickles

Jillian Vallis, St. Jacques

 


News Release - June 3, 2010

Dale Carnegie Training provides substantial scholarship to Miss Teen Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador

ST. JOHN'S -  Miss Teen Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada's only provincial pageant scholarship pageant for teens is excited to announce the addition of yet another scholarship to its growing list of educational offerings.

In addition to the various other awards and scholarships, contestants will also compete for the $1,700 Dale Carnegie Public Speaking Award, sponsored by Mark Baldwin and Associates, which is licensed to deliver Dale Carnegie Training in Newfoundland and Labrador.  The award consists of a full tuition to any of the 12-week Dale Carnegie programs offered throughout the province.

Founded in in 1912, Dale Carnegie Training has evolved from one man's belief in the power of self-improvement, and has positively impacted the lives of over 7 million people around the world.

"Becoming the person you've always wanted to be or getting to where you've always wanted to go doesn't happen by magic," says Mark Baldwin.  "As individuals, we are the only ones who can turn our aspirations into reality.  We are honored to partner with an organization that acknowledges the accomplishments of young people and motivates and mentors positive character development."

?We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Dale Carnegie Training to our growing list of scholarship providers,? says Kathy Dicks-Peyton, Miss Teen Achievement?s Co-Director.  ?This organization shares a similar mandate for encouraging community awareness, character building and professional growth.  The addition of the Dale Carnegie Public Speaking Award certainly enhances the prestige of our organization, as we work to showcase the achievements of young women in our province.?

Since its inception in 2006, the Miss Teen Achievement organization has awarded over $30,000 in scholarships, thanks to the generous contributions from the business community and general public. 

Applications are now being accepted for the 2010 pageant which takes place from October 14-17 in St. John?s.  Interested applicants are invited to visit the pageant website at: www.missteenachievement.com or call 709-895-8588 for more information.  Deadline for applications is: July 31, 2010.


NEWS RELEASE - June 1, 2010

 

Applications now being accepted for 2010 teen scholarship pageant

 

St. John?s, NL ? Applications are now being accepted for the 2009 Miss Teen Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador Scholarship Pageant.  From October 14-17, 2010, young women ages 13-18, from around the province will gather in St. John?s for the Fifth Anniversary event, where thousands of dollars in educational scholarships will be awarded.

 

Miss Teen Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador challenges young women to excel in academics, physical fitness, performing arts-related talents, community service and volunteer work.  Thanks to generous contributions from sponsors, since 2006, Miss Teen Achievement has awarded over $30,000 in scholarships.

 

In 2010, the winner will receive a $2,000 scholarship from Bennett Restaurants (your St. John?s McDonald?s), the First Runner-up a $1,000 scholarship from the Miss Teen Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador Scholarship Fund and the Second Runner-up a $500 scholarship from the VOCM Cares Foundation. Scholarships will also be awarded for several individual awards, including: academics, healthy living, talent, community service, volunteer work and public speaking.

 

?Miss Teen Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador promotes positive character development, community awareness, and encourages the personal and professional growth that produces positive role models,? says Joanne March, the pageant?s Co-Director.

 

Potential candidates can obtain applications by visiting www.missteenachievement.com. Deadline to apply is Midnight on July 31, 2010.

 

For further information regarding the Miss Teen Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador Scholarship Pageant, call: 709.895-8588, Email: [email protected] or visit our website at: www.missteenachievement.com.

 


Executive Council, April 26, 2010

The following statement was given today in the House of Assembly by the Honourable Dave Denine, Minister Responsible for the Voluntary and Non-Profit Sector:

Minister Honours Recipients of URock Volunteer Award

I rise today to acknowledge the recipients of the inaugural year of the URock Volunteer Awards. This past Saturday night we had a fantastic awards gala where we presented the eight recipients with their awards while enjoying some of this province?s top musical acts.

The URock Volunteer Awards was developed to acknowledge the unique and creative ways young people are volunteering in their communities. Nominations could be made in two categories: individuals and organizations or non-profits. Individual nominees must have made outstanding voluntary contributions, be 30 years of age or under and a current or past resident of Newfoundland and Labrador. Organizations or non-profit groups nominated must be led by young people or have made an outstanding contribution for the betterment of youth.

When nominations closed, 65 nominations were received. The volunteer work of all these nominees was exceptional and everyone has made a difference in the lives of someone else. If those nominated are any indication, the future of our province is bright and exciting. In the end eight deserving recipients who have done extraordinary work in their communities received their awards.

The recipients of the URock Volunteer Awards for 2010 were:

  • Allied Youth of Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Andrea Andersen, Makkovik
  • Kayla Carroll, St. Lunaire-Griquet
  • Emily Elliott, St. John?s
  • Maggie Hynes, Dunville
  • Kristina Roche, Torbay
  • William Short, Marystown
  • Kendra Warford, Point Leamington
  • In honour of their unique and creative volunteer activities, we presented the winners with an equally unique and creative award. Each recipient received a custom designed Garrison electric guitar. They were quite surprised to receive such an incredible piece of art and it was a privilege to be there to present them with this prestigious award.

    These remarkable young people have gone above and beyond the call of duty and have had a positive impact on their community. I would like to thank those who took the time to nominate these young people. Having the support of family, friends and mentors and getting this recognition from them is vital to these volunteers continuing their great volunteer work. The recipients of the URock Volunteer Awards are leaders in their communities and I hope recognizing the amazing work they have done will encourage other young people to get involved in their communities and in non-profit organizations.


    NEWS RELEASE - April 26, 2010

     

     Miss Teen Achievement NL winners shine at URock Volunteer Awards

     

    ST. JOHN?S, NL -  Miss Teen Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador Scholarship Program winners were honored with three of the eight awards presented at the inaugural URock Volunteer Awards presented, Saturday, April 24, 2010, at the CLB Armoury.

     

    This unique awards program (www.urockvolunteerawards.ca) was launched in January 2010, by Honourable Dave Denine, Minister Responsible for the Volunteer and Non-Profit Sector, and recognizes the contributions of young volunteers and organizations with a connection to young people.

     

    Receiving awards were Miss Teen Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador 2009 Kayla Carroll of St. Lunaire-Griquet, 2009 Second Runner-up Andrea Andersen of Makkovik and 2006 Second Runner-up Maggie Hynes of Dunville.

    ?It was humbling to see these three amazing young women acknowledged for the tremendous work they are doing in their communities and province,? says Kathy Dicks-Peyton, member of the Miss Teen Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador Board of Directors.  ?Their devotion of time and energy has helped them gain valuable knowledge and experience - qualities coupled with compassion and determination, which are helping to make the young volunteer sector in our province strong and active.?

    Founded on the principle that the future of our province is dependent upon the leadership qualities of today's youth, the Miss Teen Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador Scholarship Program is an incorporated, not-for-profit organization which challenges young women ages 13-18 to become actively involved in their communities in an effort to bring about social and economic change.  To find out more about the Miss Teen Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador Scholarship Program, visit: www.missteenachievement.com.

    Media Contact: Kathy Dicks-Peyton, 709-895-8588 or [email protected]


    NEWS RELEASE - April 2010

     

    Miss Teen Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador announce major scholarships for 2010 pageant

     

    Miss Teen Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada's only provincial pageant scholarship program for teens is excited to announce that the winner of the 2010 pageant will receive a $2,000 scholarship.  Known as the McDonald?s Youth Achievement Award, this scholarship is being provided by Bennett Restaurants (your St. John?s McDonald?s). 

     

    "We are so pleased to support this scholarship program," says Cathy Bennett, CEO of Bennett Restaurants. "We really believe in the vital work that this organization is doing to help empower young women, build their self-confidence and offer them scholarships.?

     

    The First Runner-up at the 2010 event will receive $1,000 from the Miss Teen Achievement Scholarship Fund and the Second Runner-up will receive a $500 scholarship, compliments of the VOCM Cares Foundation.

     

    Other scholarships totaling over $2,000 will be awarded for academics, healthy living, public speaking, performance related talents, community service, volunteer work and teen spirit.

     

    Since its inception in 2006, the Miss Teen Achievement organization has awarded over $30,000 in scholarships and tuition vouchers thanks to generous contributions from the business community and general public.

     

    Miss Teen Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador is an incorporated, not-for-profit organization established to provide educational scholarships and develop leadership qualities among young women by showcasing their talents and intellect. Participants at Miss Teen Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador excel in their commitment to enhance the quality of life for others through volunteerism and community service.

     

    The 2010 Miss Teen Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador Scholarship pageant will take place from October 14-17, 2010 in St. John?s, with the crowning gala at Holy Heart Auditorium.

     

    For more information and application packages, contact: 709-895-8588 or visit the Miss Teen Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador website at: www.missteenachievement.com


    Newfoundland Herald, April 11, 2010


    Rogers Communications Out of the Fog

    Kayla chats with Chrissie Holmes about Girl Power and the Miss Teen Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador Scholarship Program

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    CBC Mornining Show - May 19, 2009

    Kayla chats about her Miss Teen Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador win and of her intention to start her Girl Power! program

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    The Northern Pen, July 20, 2009


    The Northern Pen, July 13, 2009


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    March 10, 2009

     

    NEWS RELEASE

     

    Teen Achievers to compete for thousands of dollars in scholarships

     

    ST. JOHN's, NL ? From April 3-5, 2009, 20 young women from around the province will gather in St. John?s for the 2009 Miss Teen Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador Scholarship Program.  Since its inception in 2006, the Miss Teen Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador Scholarship Program has awarded over $25,000 in scholarships.  Former winners of this title, Juliette Dupre of St. Lawerence and Julia Hiscock of Mount Pearl, have gone on to win nearly $300,000 in educational scholarships.

     

    ?We all have the ability to become leaders and make a substantial difference in our communities, regions, province and world,? says Joanne March, Co-Director of the pageant committee and a former Miss Newfoundland and Labrador.  ?To become a strong leader, a young woman must be a well-rounded individual.  She must also possess a strong desire to set a good example for others.  Participating in this pageant challenges young women to be their best and rewards them for their efforts.?

     

    This year's event will see the addition of the Provincial Airlines Community Pride Award.  This award is an opportunity to celebrate the value of young people in our communities and encourages them to take active roles in steering the course for Newfoundland and Labrador's future and its prosperity.  "Young people are eager to learn and understand their community and the impact it has on their lives.  They want to learn how to relate individually and through group efforts, to work effectively in community activities, programs and organizations.  Developing their skills and knowledge in community leadership today will help them gain the experience required to carry out community projects and improve the areas in which they live.  All of the young women competing for the title of Miss Teen Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador have a vested interest in their communities," March says.  This award will be chosen by the general public through internet voting.  Further information on this voting process is available at: http://www.missteenachievement.com/.  "So, show your community pride, and vote for the pride of your community," March adds.

     

    Contestants for this year's event will enjoy a fun-filled weekend of competition, culminating with the crowning gala at The Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland on Sunday, April 5, 2009, when Beth Peddle of St. John's crowns her successor.  The event will be hosted by VOCM's Tony Angelo.

     

    For further information regarding the Miss Teen Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador Scholarship Program, including, where to purchase tickets, call: 709.895-8588, Email: [email protected] or visit our website at: www.missteenachievement.com.

    List of contestants attached

     

     

    2009 Miss Teen Achievement

    Newfoundland and Labrador Scholarship Program Contestants

     

    1.    Tobey Andersen, Makkovik

    2.    Allyson Roche, Branch

    3.    Hannah Cooper, Happy Valley-Goose Bay

    4.    Megan Peddle, Harbour Grace

    5.    Jessica Bragg, St. John?s

    6.    Amelia Pilgrim, Main Brook

    7.    Kirsten Corbin, Happy Valley-Goose Bay

    8.    Georgina Barbour, Witless Bay

    9.    Kimberly Williams, Portugal Cove ? St. Phillip?s

    10. Kelly Clarke, Victoria

    11. Allison Dunphy, St. John?s

    12. Caitlin LePatourel, Happy Valley-Goose Bay

    13. Andrea Andersen, Makkovik

    14. Alexandria Boyd, Portugal Cove ? St. Phillip?s

    15. Gerianne Rowe, Carbonear

    16. Jessica Croucher, Mount Pearl

    17. Kayla Carroll, St. Lunaire-Griquet

    18. Laura Jenkins, Carbonear

    19. Shauna Jackson, Cavendish

    20. Samantha Lambert, Harbour Breton

     


    December 29, 2008 

    Applications now being accepted for 2009 teen scholarship program

     

    St. John?s, NL ? Applications are now being accepted for the 2009 Miss Teen Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador Scholarship Program.  From April 3-5, 2009, young women ages 13-18, from around the province will gather at the Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland in St. John?s for the fourth annual event, where thousands of dollars in educational scholarships will be awarded.

     

    Miss Teen Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador challenges young women to excel in academics, physical fitness, performing arts-related talents, community service and volunteer work.  Thanks to generous donations from sponsors, since the program?s inception in 2006, over $25,000 in scholarships have been awarded.

     

    ?We all have the ability to become leaders and make a substantial difference in our communities, regions, province and world,? says Kathy Dicks-Peyton, a member of the organization?s board of directors. ?Miss Teen Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador promotes positive character development, community awareness, and encourages the personal and professional growth that produces positive role models.?

     

    Participants who are selected to compete will stay at the luxurious Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland for a fun-filled weekend of competition, culminating with the crowning gala on Sunday, April 5, 2008, when 17-year-old Beth Peddle of St. John?s crowns her successor. Potential candidates can apply online at: www.missteenachievement.com. Deadline for applications is Midnight on February 15, 2009.

     

    For further information regarding the Miss Teen Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador Pageant, including where to obtain an application package, call: 709.895-8588, Email: [email protected] or visit our website at: www.missteenachievement.com.

     


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    Newfoundland Herald, March 26, 2006


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    February 21, 2005

      

    Contestants selected for teen scholarship pageant.

     

    ST. JOHN'S - From March 23-26, 2006, young women from around the province will gather at the Fairmont Hotel in St. Johh's for the 2006 Miss Teen Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador Pageant.  THis new, not-for-profit organizatin is the first of its kind in the province, with the goal fo becoming an avenue for young women ages 13-18 to obtain educational scholarships.

     

    We all have the ability to become leaders and make a substantial difference in our communities, regions, province and world,? says Joanne March, vice-chair of the pageant committee and a former Miss Newfoundland and Labrador.  ?To become a strong leader, a young woman must be a well-rounded individual.?

     

    Participating in this scholarship program will not only help young women pay for university/college, it  will also provide an opportunity to gain additional life experiences, work on issues of importance to society, enhance personal and professional skills and develop performance-related and other talents.

     

    ?We have received overwhelming support from various levels of government and the business community for this program - which certainly demonstrates a commitment to furthering educational opportunities for young people in this province,? adds March.

     

    The first Miss Teen Achievement will be crowned on Sunday, March 26, by Miss Newfoundland 1936 Mrs. Isabelle Ashley (Downey) of Paradise.  Mrs. Ashley was 15 years old when she won this title some 70 years ago.

     

    Contestants who will compete include:

    1. Kaytlyn Fitzgerald, Goulds
    2. Sara Green, Winterton
    3. Melissa King, St. John?s
    4. Krista Bennett, Ship Cove/Raleigh
    5. Courtney Butt, Deer Lake
    6. Katie Hickey, Grand Le Pierre
    7. Samantha Arbour, Conception Bay South
    8. Ashley Bonnell, St. John?s
    9. Deirdra Williams, Bay Bulls
    10. Maggie Hynes, Dunville
    11. Juliette Dupré, St. Lawrence
    12. Catherine Balsom, Mount Pearl
    13. Courtney Tetford, Stanhope
    14. Jessica Hann, St. John?s
    15. Ashley Tarrant, Lawn
    16. Gina Colbourne, Carbonear
    17. Nancy Hillier, Marystown