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Port Saunders teen striving for achievement

Brianna Kennedy of Port Saunders is competing for the Miss Achievement title in St. John's next month.
Brianna Kennedy of Port Saunders is competing for the Miss Achievement title in St. John's next month.

The Northern Peninsula has had several representatives at provincial pageants over the years come home with a title, and Brianna Kennedy hopes to be the next.

From Port Saunders, Kennedy is competing at the Miss Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador scholarship competition in St. John's next month. The winner gets to be an ambassador for local youth, travel to all corners of the province and win scholarships.

The only former Miss Achievement from the Northern Peninsula was Kayla Carroll of St. Lunaire-Griquet in 2009.

Kennedy is very independent, and takes part in many volunteer activities, like the breakfast program and an event at her school, French Shore Academy, when needed. It's one of the reasons she decided to sign up to take part in the competition.

"I felt as if I didn't want to have to rely on my parents for everything financially when I go to college," she said. "So I thought this was a great opportunity to do something wonderful for myself, to get more comfortable with public speaking and to make new friends and interact with people from all over Newfoundland (and Labrador)."

Another former provincial titleholder from the Northern Peninsula is Lori Caines (nee O'Keefe). She was Miss Newfoundland and Labrador 2001, a member of the Miss Achievement organization and a native of Port Saunders. She was an influence for Kennedy to sign up.

The competition is the first of its kind in the province, offering scholarships and a strong focus on academic and personal achievement. It includes a public speaking component, an interview with a judging panel and an academic test, which includes an essay.

More than $70,000 scholar

ships have been distributed to the contestants of the pageant over the past decade, and former winners have received a combined total of over $600,000 in scholarships since their reign. Details can be found on the competition's website, www.missachievement.com.

Other awards include healthy living, which has a fitness test and a quiz, a community pride award that is voted on by friends and family, the Isabella Ashley Spirit of Giving award for the contestant that raises the most money for the Ronald McDonald House in St. John's, and academic award, Environmental Awareness award and a talent award. Each winner receives a scholarship.

The weekend also includes other events like tours of different St. John's sites, a photo shoot and an awards gala on Nov. 13 at the Holy Heart of Mary theatre.

"I'm really anxious, but so excited to be a part of such an amazing opportunity to represent my community and a chance to meet new people," Kennedy said.

With a fundraising component, Kennedy is also doing different activities to raise money. Some of the things she has planned are a yard sale, a girls evening for makeovers, a dance and a cakewalk. All proceeds with go towards the Ronald McDonald House.

Behind her she has a large group of family and friends rallying their support.

"They're all really excited about it," she said. "I have all of their support and help fundraising."

Kennedy would also like the locals of the region to support her for the Community Pride award. To vote, visit the Miss Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador Facebook page, and click on the link. You can then submit your vote.

Melissa.jenkins@tc.tc

From Port Saunders, Kennedy is competing at the Miss Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador scholarship competition in St. John's next month. The winner gets to be an ambassador for local youth, travel to all corners of the province and win scholarships.

The only former Miss Achievement from the Northern Peninsula was Kayla Carroll of St. Lunaire-Griquet in 2009.

Kennedy is very independent, and takes part in many volunteer activities, like the breakfast program and an event at her school, French Shore Academy, when needed. It's one of the reasons she decided to sign up to take part in the competition.

"I felt as if I didn't want to have to rely on my parents for everything financially when I go to college," she said. "So I thought this was a great opportunity to do something wonderful for myself, to get more comfortable with public speaking and to make new friends and interact with people from all over Newfoundland (and Labrador)."

Another former provincial titleholder from the Northern Peninsula is Lori Caines (nee O'Keefe). She was Miss Newfoundland and Labrador 2001, a member of the Miss Achievement organization and a native of Port Saunders. She was an influence for Kennedy to sign up.

The competition is the first of its kind in the province, offering scholarships and a strong focus on academic and personal achievement. It includes a public speaking component, an interview with a judging panel and an academic test, which includes an essay.

More than $70,000 scholar

ships have been distributed to the contestants of the pageant over the past decade, and former winners have received a combined total of over $600,000 in scholarships since their reign. Details can be found on the competition's website, www.missachievement.com.

Other awards include healthy living, which has a fitness test and a quiz, a community pride award that is voted on by friends and family, the Isabella Ashley Spirit of Giving award for the contestant that raises the most money for the Ronald McDonald House in St. John's, and academic award, Environmental Awareness award and a talent award. Each winner receives a scholarship.

The weekend also includes other events like tours of different St. John's sites, a photo shoot and an awards gala on Nov. 13 at the Holy Heart of Mary theatre.

"I'm really anxious, but so excited to be a part of such an amazing opportunity to represent my community and a chance to meet new people," Kennedy said.

With a fundraising component, Kennedy is also doing different activities to raise money. Some of the things she has planned are a yard sale, a girls evening for makeovers, a dance and a cakewalk. All proceeds with go towards the Ronald McDonald House.

Behind her she has a large group of family and friends rallying their support.

"They're all really excited about it," she said. "I have all of their support and help fundraising."

Kennedy would also like the locals of the region to support her for the Community Pride award. To vote, visit the Miss Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador Facebook page, and click on the link. You can then submit your vote.

Melissa.jenkins@tc.tc

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