Neepawa youth competes at Miss Teen Canada


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Kaylyn Roe - submitted picture

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson

The Neepawa Banner

This weekend, Grade 8 NACI student Kaylyn Roe will be taking part in the Miss Teenage Canada Pageant Regional competition at the Fairmont Hotel in Winnipeg. Roe, who signed with the Swish modelling agency last September, decided to do the pageant for fun and for the experience.

Roe said that in early March, the pageant showed up on her Facebook feed and she and her mom talked about it.  They decided she should try and sent in an application.  Following they application, Roe took part in a Skype interview and the next day, she got an email confirming that she would be a participant.

On Saturday, Roe will take part in workshops as well as her interview.  The evening wear and bathing suit competition will take place on Sunday evening.  The participants’ overall score will calculated based on their interview (25 per cent), their photographs (20 per cent), the evening wear competition (25 per cent), the bathing suit competition (25 per cent) and their attitude (five per cent).

As part of the pageant, all participants must have a platform– a charitable cause which they support. Roe chose Cardiac Kids, a charity that supports children with congenital heart defects. For Roe, the cause hits close to home; her father collapsed while playing basketball due to an defective heart valve.  He had this defect from birth, but didn’t know. Through her platform, Roe also hopes to raise awareness about dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), a heart problem experienced by local child Beckham Koscienly. While Koscienly wasn’t born with DCM, the two-year-old’s reduced heart function will have an impact on his entire life. Roe says that she hopes to bring awareness in the community to Koscienly’s battle as well the battles faced by other children suffering with heart conditions.

The Sunday evening competition will start at 7 p.m. and is open to all. Roe hoping to have friends and family out to support her. The regional competition will attract participants from across the province and the overall winner will advance to the national competition, held in Toronto.