Little Miss St. Martin Pageant opens week of celebrations

POSTED: 09/12/11 12:09 PM

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – Planning has begun for The “Little Miss St. Martin Pageant”. The event, which is open to girls between 8 and 11, is scheduled for November 6 at Celebration Palace. It will be the opener for the weeklong St. Martin’s Day celebration. “I’m encouraging all princesses from the primary schools from both parts of the island to take part,” organizer Nzinga Lake said.

The main idea of the Little Miss St. Martin Pageant is twofold. It is meant to serve as a motivational and inspirational activity for young girls and to honor the traditional sense of unity that St. Martin Day was founded on. The first sign of the latter is that the traditional spelling of the island’s name – St. Martin – is being used.

“The contestants will be encouraged to excel in cultural knowledge and to value educational excellence, while being graceful ambassadors of their schools, neighborhoods, and St. Martin,” Lake added.

The competing categories are customary for junior and senior pageants on an island where beauty contests have been many and have remained a popular family show over the years.

“But for the Little Miss St. Martin Pageant, it’s the twist that we plan to require for the Introduction, Talent, Theme Wear, and Evening Wear, that will make us a bit more creative than usual. We want to challenge the little Miss Ladies as much as to entertain our audience,” Lake said.

No stranger to organizing successful pageants with a cultural focus, Lake is also well known as the “boss lady” of the St. Maarten Eyecandy modeling company. Lake’s track record includes the Junior Carnival Queen shows in 2009 and 2011, which she helped to organize for the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation.

To register for the Little Miss St. Martin Pageant, parents, guardians, and schools can contact Nzinga Lake at (721) 522-4280 or email lakenzinga@hotmail.com. The registration deadline is Friday, September 23, 2011, said Lake.

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