Basseterre, St. Kitts, December 12, 2018 (DBSKN) — This year’s Haynes Smith Miss Caribbean Talented Teen Pageant, the 39th edition of the premier regional event, will be held on Sunday December 30, and Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis (DBSKN) is one of the main sponsors.
According to Mr Lawson Archibald, chairman of the Haynes Smith Miss Caribbean Talented Teen Pageant committee, ten countries have so far confirmed participation in the pageant that will be held at the St. Kitts Marriott Grand Ballroom.
Mr Archibald made the revelation on Friday December 7 at the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis on Church Street in Basseterre where he, accompanied by Mr MJ Byron, the Pageant’s PRO and Assistant Executive Producer, had gone to receive the bank’s sponsorship cheque.
“The level of participation, by ten countries, and the fact that the pageant is in its 39th year shows that it is an event that is well-meaning in the lives of our aspiring youth,” said Ms Vernitha Maynard, Development Bank’s Marketing Officer as she presented the institution’s sponsorship cheque. “The Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis is pleased to partner with the pageant’s committee in making this year’s edition a success,”
Confirmed for participation are Antigua, Dominica, Cuba, Trinidad, Nevis, St. Maarten, Anguilla, USVI, Barbados, and hosts St. Kitts. Cuba is coming back after a ten-year break, and according to Mr Archibald, the show will start promptly at 8:00 pm on Sunday December 30 and will end at 11:30 pm.
“Development Bank is really a helping bank,” observed Mr Archibald. “They have come on board now for almost ten years, helping the Haynes Smith Miss Caribbean Talented Teen Pageant committee, and we surely really appreciate it. We want to big them up, and wish them all the best for 2019 and beyond.”
The pageant has had a positive impact on the lives of those who take part as it gives them a platform to showcase their talent where they are able to go international and are thus helped in their own development and their future. While it is also educational for the young ladies, they advertise their countries and let more people know about their countries.
“It is a very proud felling to know that you are an ambassador for your country at a very young age,” said Mr MJ Byron. “The country is now leaning on you to make them proud, to see what they can offer to the world. For me I know that is a very proud feeling, so this is a part of their self-development and platform to set them straight for a future development for themselves in their own countries.”