Alexia Terrelonge is Miss Teen Portmore
Anthony Minott, Gleaner Writer
Alexia Terrelonge won the 2014 Lasco/Curves Miss Teen Portmore Scholarship Pageant with a stellar performance at Sunday's coronation show, held on the roof of Portmore Pines Plaza, St Catherine.
After her win, Terrelonge, Miss Sun City Radio 104.9 FM, said: "I feel very blessed and grateful to have such a great responsibility bestowed upon me, and I'm excited for the opportunities and exposure to come."
Her preparation included prayer, marshalling her determination and confidence, as well as always remembering to just have fun.
Terrelonge said her greatest inspiration is her mother.
"She has shown me repeatedly that hard work and determination will always reap success and I should approach all endeavours with confidence," Terrelonge said.
During the pageant's crowning moment, Terrelonge was joined onstage by first runner-up Brithney Clarke and second runner-up Taj-Marie McFarlane, then all the other contestants, as singer Charisma serenaded the group.
A late start because of rain did not deter the ladies from giving their all. The talent pieces, especially, were of a high quality. Brianna Miller, Miss Dunn's Electrical, was judged to have done the best talent presentation, while fourth runner-up Kassion Lewis Little's dramatics had the audience in stitches. Michaela Miller went on her knees as she sang her heart out, and Terrelonge's dance routine also stood out.
Noddy Virtue delivered a thrilling set, having the ladies rocking as he did Jimmy Cliff's Rebel in Me and Bon Jovi's Bed of Roses.
TEARS OF JOY
Terrelonge was left in tears at the announcement.
"I was pleasantly surprised and it was also a bittersweet moment owing to the fact that my friends (the other contestants) weren't up there with me with crowns also," she said.
Rene Rose, brand manager of Curves, which is distributed by Lasco Distributors, and Carmen Coote, CEO of Network Cable Services Limited, gave out scholarships to some of the contestants. Donovan Wignal, president of the MSME Alliance, was the event's patron, while special guests included deputy mayor of Portmore, Leon Thomas, and businessman Ransford White.
Contestants in Miss Teen Portmore, which has been produced by OCTRON Promotions for the past 11 years, are assessed primarily on their knowledge of current affairs, Jamaican culture and history. The competition aims to encourage the personal development of young ladies through grooming sessions, public speaking, and social development. It also contributes to their educational development.
One major criterion for entrants is to have a least a C+ average. They must be between 14 and 18 years old and display a performance talent.