Delan Charlemagne a student at the Entrepot Secondary School, (E.S.S),and Tania Foster, a student at Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, (SALCC),were crowned Mr. and Miss Red Cross 2015 on May 30, at the Castries Comprehensive Secondary School.An accomplishment that is nod-worthy for any teen.
In a detailed interview with YO, the pair, dressed in official wear, relieved the unforgettable experience.
“I was very nervous,” Delan, 14, admitted.
The form three student,who was somewhat reticent, said thatalthough public speaking is not his forte,the pageant was something he intended to do, without second thought.
“My main reason for participating is because I love the Red Cross Association and anything that Red Cross is involved in, I am there,” he said proudly, his confidence peaking in that moment.
Delan, who developed a love for dance at a young age, and aspires to become a professional dancer in the future, showcased his passion in his talent piece. He later captured the award for ‘Best Talent’ in the male category, as well as ‘Best Ambassadorial Wear’; it was his first time doing a pageant.
The Red Cross victor, who has a deep appreciation for Sciences, also hopes to become a Biochemist.
Tania, on the other hand, had no butterflies in her stomach, and was excitedly waiting for the event to start. According to the 18-year-old student who is in her first year at SALCC, she was in it to win it, and gave her all.
This is her second time participating in a pageant, and Tania, who enjoys public speaking, loves it. Her first pageant experience was at her Alma Mater, St. Joseph’s Convent, in the Jennés Kwéyòl pageant.
“I did not only take part in this pageant to gain experience and represent my school, but also to show my passion and love for the Saint Lucia Red Cross Society, as well as the International Red Cross, through pageantry,” she explained.
A believer in non-discrimination, Tania, in her talent piece, discussed why homosexuals should not be discriminated against.
As to whether she was ever tentative about touching a topic of this nature for fear of a negative reaction, Tania responded, “Not at all. Since I belong to Saint Lucia Red Cross Society, I will live by seven fundamental principles. I know that as a Red Crosser I should follow these principles and treat no one differently.”
At the event, she received the awards for ‘Best Introduction’, ‘Best Ambassadorial Speech’ as well as ‘Best Ambassadorial Wear.”
Like her partner, Tania loves Sciences, however, unlike her partner, is not certain about which profession she wants to take on. However, whatever she pursues she stated, would involve sciences.
Tania is also fond of French, and is currently studying French along with Biology and Chemistry at SALCC. Like many, she believes French is a romantic language, and intends to be fluent in the language.
The pair, along with the other participating contestants, (nine), attended training sessions that focused on helping them deliver their ambassadorial speech effectively. The contestants, who were all assigned to various chaperones, also received assistance from local Performing Arts professional, Richard Ambrose.
This is the third consecutive year that the Mr. and Miss Red Cross pageant is being held, and the Red Cross Association intends to help youth soar to new horizons that will assist them in becoming exemplary individuals in today’s world.