Teen pageant sees delegates from Sir Novelle Richards and Princess Margaret winning scholarships to UWI Five Islands

After a hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a new Mister and Miss
Teenage were crowned on Saturday night, July 22, after a
competition that was filled with technical glitches.

Lutrell John, a student of the Sir Novelle Richards Academy, and
Ajanaé Bleau, from the Princess Margaret School, emerged the
winners in the 2023 “Mr. and Ms. Teenage Pageant” from a field of
14 delegates. 

John is the first winner from the Sir Novelle Richards Academy,
since the school is a fairly new institution.
Bleau, who is no stranger to competition – and whose mother has
won several local pageants, as well – was adjudged best in all five
female categories.

She won in the cultural icon research segment; performing talent;
and the new uniform transformation segment, which apparently has
replaced the evening wear segment.

The PMS student also walked away with the best introductory
speech and interview segments, in addition to prizes for leadership
and Miss Photogenic. 

John took home several trophies, including the male uniform
transformation and interview segments.
The winners’ main prizes are scholarships in their selected course of
study at the University of the West Indies Five Islands, which was
the title sponsor of the pageant.

Adjudged first runners-up were Sarah Bahri of the St. Anthony
Secondary School and Ruez Titre of the St. Joseph’s Academy.
Walking away with second runner-up positions were Melika Samuel
of the Clare Hall Secondary and Noah Yeboah of the Antigua
Grammar School.

This was the first time in quite a while that both a Mr. and Ms.
Teenage have been crowned. 

In earlier years, the pageant had crowned a male and female
delegate, but then had morphed into a single winner under the
moniker “Teen Splash.”
The competition is now 50 years old, having made its debut in 1973.