SILVERDALE, NL — Hailey Noseworthy of Silverdale was “super happy” with a top-10 placement in last week’s 2017-2018 Miss Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador program.
She says she was one of just two 15-year-olds in the field of 22 teenagers from across the province, and one of the people competing in her first pageant.
Because of that youthfulness and inexperience, she considered her achievement a significant accomplishment.
“I was super happy with where I was,” she said of her top-10 spot. “It was my first ever pageant-type experience.”
As a member of the top 10, she said she was nervous to go on stage with the other leading contestants. However, she considered it an exciting experience.
Radhika Verma of Stephenville won the title of Miss Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador 2018, and Noseworthy said she was a worthy winner.
“I was super, super happy for the girl who won, she’s a great girl,” she said. “She deserved it, and she is going to be an awesome.”
The Valmont Academy student in King’s Point said she heard about Miss Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador a while ago and wanted to participate last year.
She decided to wait a year until she was a little older and give it a try.
“I think it is important to encourage young women like myself to get out there and show they are just as capable as guys to go after achievements,” she said.
Noseworthy feels she has expanded her network of contacts and friends as a result of the experience.
“There are so many empowering young women in this province,” she said. “I am just glad I am part of that network now.
“It changes your perspective on life, like how you see people going forward, and there is a community of us.”
Noseworthy was impressed by the camaraderie of the participants, and how each girl supported and encouraged the other in what could have been a competitive atmosphere.
The program is not just about appearance, according to the teenager, but showcases intellect and self-improvement. She enjoyed activities such as self-defence classes and learning about skilled trades for women.
As a group, the program raised just under $18,380 for the Ronald McDonald House charity. Noseworthy contributed by raising $1,850 from such events as a 50/50 draw and an online auction. She said family and friends helped her out and her extended community supported her efforts.
She encourages other girls to consider participating in the program in the future.
If they do, they may have an opportunity to share the stage with Noseworthy. She hopes to participate again.
“I hope so, in the future,” she said. “Take another shot at the title.”