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The event was held at the Arts and Culture Centre in St. John’s on Oct. 25.

Megan — who is from Port Hope Simpson on Labrador's south coast — said there were activities and challenges held over several days leading up to the crowning.

“There was an interview, an academic test and a fitness test,” said Megan. “That’s what you got scored on. Then, pageant night, there was an opening, a casual wear segment and then the formal wear.”

The interview helped judges learn more about the contestants, she said.

When judges asked what made her unique, Megan said she told them about her determination to set and attain her goals.

“I’ve always been very determined to get things done and to do them to the best of my ability.”

Megan said many people think of pageants as beauty contests, but, she says, that’s not what Miss Teen NL is all about.

“It is so much more than that. You were tested on how you were as a person and not just on your looks. That’s what I liked best about it.”

Megan said that when pageant night arrived she expected to be battling a big case of nerves. However, that’s wasn’t the case, she said.

“I actually wasn’t nervous at all. I felt very comfortable.”

The top ten (out of 17 contestants) are chosen from the scores on their academic test, fitness test and interview.

“They announce those top ten on pageant night and they have to give a one-minute speech. Then they pick the top five and they have to answer a question. Then the winner is picked.”

Megan wasn’t among the top ten but was thrilled to bring home the Miss Photogenic award – a tremendous feat for a 15-year-old.

Chanel Zhouri of Grand Falls-Windsor took the title of Miss Teen NL.

When asked if it’s a disadvantage living in Labrador and entering pageants and other competitions in the province’s capital city, Megan said, “It might be a little more difficult but if you’re willing to work for it, you can do anything you want.”

Miss Teen NL executive director Samantha King said the pageant’s vision is to acknowledge the accomplishments of the young women of the province, with consideration given to academics, fitness, public speaking, leadership skills, community involvement and volunteer work.

“It’s really a way to encompass everything that young women in our province have to offer,” said King.

“(The pageant) builds confidence, creates long-lasting friendships, and gives them a chance to have a voice.”

The pageant weekend is four-days long, King said, but it’s always considered a weekend of a lifetime.

“It’s a whirlwind of a journey and something that the girls never forget.”

Memories

Now that Megan has her first pageant behind her, it likely won’t be her last.

She’s come back to Labrador with fond memories of the other contestants and with more belief in herself than she had heading to St. John’s.

“It’s amazing how much confidence this can give you. I’ll definitely be going back next year.”

Megan’s parents, Christine and Trent Parr, attended the pageant. Megan also has a 17-year-old sister, Monica.

Christine said she was hesitant initially when Megan spoke about entering Miss Teen NL.

“I was thinking this is a pageant and it’s probably going to be a waste of money, even initially for us to get there,” recalled Christine.

However, once she realized her daughter was serious and committed to applying to the competition, Christine said both she and her husband supported her in the endeavour.

“I’m very happy that we decided to take her. It’s not just a pageant. These girls have learned so much. The amount of self-esteem this gives them is just amazing.”

Megan said she’d like to see more teens from Labrador and other parts of the province entering Miss Teen NL and reaching for other opportunities to help them into their future.

“These things can really open a lot more doors for you,” she said.

danette@nl.rogers.com

The event was held at the Arts and Culture Centre in St. John’s on Oct. 25.

Megan — who is from Port Hope Simpson on Labrador's south coast — said there were activities and challenges held over several days leading up to the crowning.

“There was an interview, an academic test and a fitness test,” said Megan. “That’s what you got scored on. Then, pageant night, there was an opening, a casual wear segment and then the formal wear.”

The interview helped judges learn more about the contestants, she said.

When judges asked what made her unique, Megan said she told them about her determination to set and attain her goals.

“I’ve always been very determined to get things done and to do them to the best of my ability.”

Megan said many people think of pageants as beauty contests, but, she says, that’s not what Miss Teen NL is all about.

“It is so much more than that. You were tested on how you were as a person and not just on your looks. That’s what I liked best about it.”

Megan said that when pageant night arrived she expected to be battling a big case of nerves. However, that’s wasn’t the case, she said.

“I actually wasn’t nervous at all. I felt very comfortable.”

The top ten (out of 17 contestants) are chosen from the scores on their academic test, fitness test and interview.

“They announce those top ten on pageant night and they have to give a one-minute speech. Then they pick the top five and they have to answer a question. Then the winner is picked.”

Megan wasn’t among the top ten but was thrilled to bring home the Miss Photogenic award – a tremendous feat for a 15-year-old.

Chanel Zhouri of Grand Falls-Windsor took the title of Miss Teen NL.

When asked if it’s a disadvantage living in Labrador and entering pageants and other competitions in the province’s capital city, Megan said, “It might be a little more difficult but if you’re willing to work for it, you can do anything you want.”

Miss Teen NL executive director Samantha King said the pageant’s vision is to acknowledge the accomplishments of the young women of the province, with consideration given to academics, fitness, public speaking, leadership skills, community involvement and volunteer work.

“It’s really a way to encompass everything that young women in our province have to offer,” said King.

“(The pageant) builds confidence, creates long-lasting friendships, and gives them a chance to have a voice.”

The pageant weekend is four-days long, King said, but it’s always considered a weekend of a lifetime.

“It’s a whirlwind of a journey and something that the girls never forget.”

Memories

Now that Megan has her first pageant behind her, it likely won’t be her last.

She’s come back to Labrador with fond memories of the other contestants and with more belief in herself than she had heading to St. John’s.

“It’s amazing how much confidence this can give you. I’ll definitely be going back next year.”

Megan’s parents, Christine and Trent Parr, attended the pageant. Megan also has a 17-year-old sister, Monica.

Christine said she was hesitant initially when Megan spoke about entering Miss Teen NL.

“I was thinking this is a pageant and it’s probably going to be a waste of money, even initially for us to get there,” recalled Christine.

However, once she realized her daughter was serious and committed to applying to the competition, Christine said both she and her husband supported her in the endeavour.

“I’m very happy that we decided to take her. It’s not just a pageant. These girls have learned so much. The amount of self-esteem this gives them is just amazing.”

Megan said she’d like to see more teens from Labrador and other parts of the province entering Miss Teen NL and reaching for other opportunities to help them into their future.

“These things can really open a lot more doors for you,” she said.

danette@nl.rogers.com

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