Teen Splash 2016, if nothing else, was a night of fierce competition and the newly crowned winners are attributing their rise above 18 other competitors to “hard work”.
School children and other supporters crowded into Carnival City on Monday night for “the Work Edition” of the competition to witness Abigail Piper, who represented Christ the King High School, and Jamal Gordon of St Joseph’s Academy emerge the male and female winners of the near six-hour competition.
In her first interview after being crowned and sashed by the 2015 Teen Xplosion winner, Shaveesa Gasper, Piper told OBSERVER media: “You lose sleep and being someone who just wrote CXC, I basically had three months with no sleep.”
She said as she prepared for the competition, there were those who doubted her ability to win, but she added, “You just have to let go of all of that and just work and do what you know you are good at.”
Through her excitement, Piper said the competition brought new friends and she hopes that the months of preparation that preceded it served as a learning experience for all.
Gordon, who said he entered every segment of the competition with confidence, said the win left him speechless.
He added, however, “I would like everyone to know that regardless of who you are, where you are from, what gender you are, you are capable of anything once you believe in yourself.”
The newly crowned male Teen Splash winner also took the opportunity to encourage other St Joseph’s Academy students not to be afraid to represent their school in future competitions.
The competitors were judged in three segments on the night of competition namely, my profile, performing talent and interview.
At the end of the night, in the female category, Piper was awarded the top prize for having the best my profile presentation. She also received awards for public speaking and for being the people’s choice.
Kiana Payne of Antigua Girls’ High School won the performing talent segment with a graceful dance performance and was named 1st runner-up, while Nia
Henry of Island Academy was named the 2nd runner-up.
In the male category, Gordon won the best my profile presentation and performing talent – for his rendition of Make Them Hear You.
The 1st runner-up spot was awarded to Chad Kelsick of St Anthony’s Secondary School, while Tiquan Thompson of Christian Faith High School was awarded the top prize for interview and was named the 2nd runner-up.
The award for Most Improved was presented to Clidecia Colbourbe of NTTC; Most Helpful to Kemorley Pemberton of Sir McChesney George High School; and Most Congenial and the Prime Minister’s Leadership Award to Tassian Stewart of Clare Hall Secondary School.
Lily Thomas of St Anthony’s Secondary was awarded the Most Photogenic prize and best interview.