St. John’s Antigua- There’s just one day to go before a new Optimist Petit winner will be crowned and organisers are just as nervous as the 10 primary school students who will be competing in three judged segments tomorrow afternoon at Antigua Recreation Grounds.
Last week, we introduced five of the young delegates and today, the remaining five take the spotlight.
Teniqua Henry, Destiny Martin, McKenzie Prosper, Annafra Jean-Pierre, Afia Maddison and the other delegates will face off in three segments: interview, talent, and personality & achievements.
The opening number and party wear segment will not be judged.
Eleven-year-old Henry, of St John’s Catholic Primary, is the only delegate who will play the steel pan in the talent segment. She is sponsored by Battery Engineering Sales and Services.
Martin, sponsored by Bargain Centre Supermarket, will be putting on a dramatic presentation as a representative of Bolans Primary School. Prosper and Maddison make five the number of delegates offering dance as their performing talent.
Prosper attends Five Islands Primary School and her sponsor is Millenium Brokerage and Equipment Services, while Maddison’s sponsor is Little Starfish/Birkenstock Store. She attends Potters Primary.
Out of this week’s five, Jean-Pierre is the only 10-year-old. The others are 11 years of age.
With the sponsorship of Happy Kids, Jean-Pierre hopes to make proud – herself, family and school, Five Islands Primary. She will be singing in the talent segment.
Optimist president Jason Gilead promises the show will “not be prolonged” as there are no side acts and “all attention would be on the delegates.”
“We have organised the event to have a smooth transition between the segments, as we are very much aware of the ages of our audience. Every year we look at ways to improve and this year is no different. The stage is theirs and theirs only,” Gilead said.
“Everyone is anxious.”