Jayden St John and Jelah McMillan are the Little Mr and Miss Grenada 2023, and their eyes are set on becoming a cruise ship navigator and becoming a leading media personality.
This is the first time that boys got a chance to be part of the show.
McMillian, representing Saint Andrew, told the media that she feels “great” to have won, admitting that she was expecting to place in the top three but not first.
The 2023 Little Miss Grenada, who copped the Ridealonglive and Amazing Colours sponsored People’s Choice award, Best Talent, Best Evening wear and Best Interview, advised other young girls to “don’t give up, keep pushing.”
The 10-year-old Grade 4 student of St Andrew Roman Catholic School enjoys reading, writing, singing, dancing, vlogging and content creating. She wants to become a leading media personality in the future.
St John, representing Mt Moritz, Saint George, copped Best Sport wear, Best Talent, Best Classical wear and Best Interview.
The 11-year-old, who attends the St George’s Anglican Senior School, enjoys playing with Legos building toys, practicing karate and playing steelpan. In future, St John wants to become a cruise ship navigator.
The fourth edition of the competition was held last Saturday (May 27) at the Grenada Trade Centre, St George.
Seven female contestants, aged 9-10, competed in the categories of future wear, talent, evening wear and interview.
The male component, a new addition this year, saw five boys aged 7-12 competing in sportswear, talent, classical wear and interview.
In second place in the female category was Little Miss St Patrick Anilia Phillip.
The “ambitious, articulate and self-driven” 9-year-old, won Best Introduction and Best Future Wear. Her future dress was made of aluminum foil, the bottom of her shoes was an aquarium with a live sword fish swimming inside, her bag was made from paper egg trays and she sported a lighting sun glasses.
The Mt Craven resident, who attends the St Patrick RC School, loves Mathematics and English Language, and wants to become a Magistrate Clerk. As for her hobbies, Phillip loves dancing, learning other languages and reading.
In third place was Little Miss St David 10-year-old Angel Allard. She enjoys sports, performing arts, outdoor activities and reading. Allard wants to become a teacher.
Best Photogenic was won by Zion James, who represented St George. The 10-year-old student of the Gateway Christian Academy, loves sports, singing, dancing, music and public speaking. She wants to become an Olympian.
The other female contestants were Azani John, representing St John; Xenobia Andal Fraser, representing Saint Mark and Nihanzi Charles representing Carriacou and Petite Martinique.
In the boys category, 8-year-old Malik John representing Mt Horne in St Andrew placed second. John, won the $500 People’s Choice award, Best Photogenic and Best Introduction. He loves playing video games, watching anime and exploring nature.
In third place was 12-year-old Rishard Williams of Grand Mal, Saint George. He attends the Mt Moritz Anglican School and is looking forward to attending a secondary school from September.
The other two male participants were 7-year-old Scott Sharpe of Mt Gay, Saint George and 10-year-old J’shon Briggs of Mt Rush, Saint George.
The first place winners were gifted a trophy, a weekend trip to Carriacou accompanied by an adult, educational tour in Carriacou, $250 book voucher at Standard Bookstore, gift basket of natural herbs and tour with classmates at Mt Parnassus Plantation, a tablet and a day pass at True Blue Bay Resort.
Second place winners got a trophy, day pass accompanied by adults at Coyaba Beach Resort, a tablet, voucher for stationaries and dinner at Dodgy Dock for an adult and child.
Third place winners received a trophy, tablet, day pass to Coyaba Beach Resort accompanied by an adult, pedicure at Happy Feet Spa and lunch for an adult and child at City Inn.
Each participant received a food basket, chocolate box, trophy, school bag containing stationaries and bead set. In addition, while the boys got footballs and solar lights with radios, the girls got flowers and gold chains and earrings bearing their initials.
The competition was adjudged by Finton Frederick (head), Trisha Grant-Lewis, Sylvan Ray, Resha Brown, and Amondell Sampson.
Main organiser of the show, Jermaine “Superstar” Simon, shared in local news that preparation was “a lot of work.” Nonetheless, she added that she is pleased with the show’s execution, noting that the contestants did enjoy participating. More so, she expressed thanks to the many sponsors locally and overseas.